March 6, 2020 | 19093 Views | By Hudson Henry

Product Spotlight: X-Rite Workflow

Today, I’m going to talk to you about an X-rite workflow. If you aren’t familiar with X-rite, they are a great company with a ton of great products. They are the experts when it comes to blending the art and science of color. Their focus is to provide complete end-to-end color management solutions for their customers in every industry where color matters.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few of their amazing products, the ColorChecker Passport Photo 2, the i1Display Pro Plus, and the i1Photo Pro 3 Plus, and I’m showing you how to best use each of them in this 3-part series.

For a limited time, you can save 10% on select ColorChecker products using code ON10.

  • ColorChecker Passport Photo 2
  • ColorChecker Classic
  • ColorChecker Digital SG
  • ColorChecker Classic Nano
  • ColorChecker Classic Mini
  • ColorChecker Classic XL target only
  • ColorChecker Classic XL target with Sleeve
  • ColorChecker Classic XL target with Case

Part I – How Monitor Calibration is Critical
In this video, I’ll explain the importance of calibrating your monitor and ensuring your color profile is accurate. I’ll cover my techniques and tools for calibrating monitors using X-Rite’s amazing color management technology.

Part II – Profiling Your Camera with a ColorChecker
Now, let’s jump in and calibrate our camera’s color balance by using an X-Rite ColorChecker. I’ll show you how to use a ColorChecker to import custom camera profiles into ON1 Photo RAW 2020 as well. This process will ensure you have the sharpest and most natural color in your images.

Part III – Custom Profiling Your Paper & Printer
Lastly, I’ll show you how to bring images to life on paper. Printing photos is a whole world of technique on its own. Watch how I use X-Rite’s color technology to ensure my prints maintain the same color consistency on the camera, in the editing room, and finally, on paper.

Don’t forget! For a limited time, you can save 10% on select ColorChecker products using code ON10.

  • ColorChecker Passport Photo 2
  • ColorChecker Classic
  • ColorChecker Digital SG
  • ColorChecker Classic Nano
  • ColorChecker Classic Mini
  • ColorChecker Classic XL target only
  • ColorChecker Classic XL target with Sleeve
  • ColorChecker Classic XL target with Case

15 comments on “Product Spotlight: X-Rite Workflow”

  1. On March 10, 2020 at 8:43 am David Hessemer wrote:

    Hey Hudson,

    If you purchase the i1 photo pro 3 will that work as well to monitor screens as well as get print profiles? You used another scanner to calibrate your monitor in the first video. Do I need both?

    1. On March 27, 2020 at 9:30 am Hudson Henry replied:

      oh yeah, the pro 3 does it all and does it in very powerful way. The colorimeter I use in the first video is a more budget friendly way to calibrate monitors for those who don’t need the printer/paper custom calibration tools. Both work for that purpose quite well. 🙂

  2. On March 10, 2020 at 3:07 pm James Saxon wrote:

    When you calibrate do you warm your monitor up? I have read the monitor needs to on at least 30 min prior to calibration. This may only be necessary with the older CRT monitors.

    1. On March 27, 2020 at 9:30 am Hudson Henry replied:

      I think a warmup is a good idea. It’s not as critical as it was with CRTs though.

  3. On March 11, 2020 at 8:38 am Alexis Pendleton wrote:

    Great tutorial about color management. No mention of CIELAB color space. I understand the complexity of this discussion, but this is actually a measurement of any color match in terms of Just Noticeable Difference (JND). As you indicated, the eye in not a good measurement of absolute color or color difference. One JND or less is a indicator of very good color reproduction.

    1. On March 27, 2020 at 9:33 am Hudson Henry replied:

      I know a lot of color professionals who’d love to get into that discussion, but the reality is that 99% of photographers can get by without learning more than sRGB and ProphotoRGB. 🙂

  4. On March 12, 2020 at 4:02 pm Terry Barber wrote:

    Hudson,

    One question? Don’t you need to nail the exposure when using the colorchecker passport by reviewing it on the back of the camera? I think we do that to make sure we
    don’t over or under expose the image. That was not mentioned in the video nor show on your camera when shot on the video. True or not?

    1. On March 13, 2020 at 5:03 pm Robert Molan replied:

      The passport has a grey card as one of the pages – I set a manual exposure for that grey card then I shoot with the colour card to calibrate the camera/lens combo.

    2. On March 27, 2020 at 9:35 am Hudson Henry replied:

      I wasn’t really talking exposure, just color. I think for image making as a whole we work to get exposure right. It was sort of an unspoken assumption that if you’re working to get color absolutely calibrated, you’ve likely already taken a test shot or two and looked at the histogram. 🙂

  5. On March 14, 2020 at 6:08 am Erik Zimmerman wrote:

    Hudson,

    Thanks for these videos. Have had my eye on the X-Rite system for some time now, good to see it in action from a trusted source. Added to my wish list, will be definitely purchasing both the Display Pro and Passport in the near future.

    1. On March 27, 2020 at 9:38 am Hudson Henry replied:

      You won’t regret that. Thanks Erik

  6. On March 16, 2020 at 9:56 pm andrea pedrazzini wrote:

    Great and interesting tutorial, thank you!.
    It would be very usefull to have a deeper explanation on the various parameters to be set with i1display pro calibration tool in the advanced mode. Can you please provide link to dedicated tutorials available also for “non Plus” users?
    Thank you

    1. On March 27, 2020 at 9:38 am Hudson Henry replied:

      Glad you enjoyed. I’d have to steer you to explore the X-rite site for that Andrea.

  7. On March 25, 2020 at 10:30 am Warren Kaplan wrote:

    Hi Hudson,
    I just finished watching this excellent series; thank you very much. Two questions arise that I wonder if you could comment about.
    First, would it be possible to create a color profile for my high-end flat bed scanner by scanning the Passport and processing the file as if it came from a camera?
    Also, I noticed that you were using your Wacom tablet with ON1 on the Dell in the tutorial. For you it appeared to work flawlessly, I find that on my Windows 10 machine the brushes jump around the screen spasmodically and it is impossible to edit in Photo Raw. Strangely, when I use a different editor on the same machine the Wacom tablet functions beautifully. Am I missing a setting somewhere?
    Thanks.

    1. On March 27, 2020 at 9:37 am Hudson Henry replied:

      Hmmm, I hadn’t thought of that. It’s worth a shot. I may try it with mine. Maybe we can compare notes. 🙂

      I haven’t had that issue with mine to be honest. I’d ask the ON1 tech support about it, particularly since it’s not acting up with other editors.

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