Much of this discussion, however, has been about monitor calibration, but not much about printer and scanner calibration. ColorEyes seems to me (from their website) to be for cameras and monitors only, while the X-Rite Pulse ColorElite System handles scanners and printers, too. Yes it's $2,300, but I'm selecting a system for an organization where there are Macs and PCs using different monitors (CRTs and Apple's LCDs), printers, and scanners. Also, the Expression 10000XL we just got comes with Monaco EZcolor, although we've yet to use it, having used SilverFast thus far because that's what our scanning technician uses and knows on an earlier Epson model.
I'm wondering if the additional device types covered by the Pulse system, that would allow us to be sure that all equipment would be in sync, is a better choice as compared to the more limited types devises covered by ColorEyes, even if the latter is a better product. Or, would it make more sense to by ColorEyes for cameras and monitors, and find what's best for scanners and printers--and hope that they all play nice with each other!? Any thoughts?
Hi Stephen. I share your concerns but my budget will not handle $2300. I'm just an amateur who's stuff has gotten good enough that I've been asked to send a few pieces out for commercial production. Thus my urgent need to have a more accurately calibrated monitor. As I understand it once you are sending stuff to others it's not good enough to just be able to print something you like by knowing your systems idiosyncracies. You need to be as close as possible to an industry standard so that it also looks nice off someone else’s printer. After all if they have to reset all the colour balances it's not your stuff any more. Addressing the monitor issues will allow me to send off quality material to the press and the cost is within reach.
Obviously I will need to address the printer issue. I am hoping that if my monitor is close to industry standards my printer output will be close as well. I'm running an Canon i960 but not using Canon paper except on the really important stuff. My day to day paper is Kodak Ultima. I'm sure I will have to make some adjustments. We will have to see how close I can get with trial and error..
If you see a Topic saying "Poor, desperate on the verge of being thrown out of home if he spends more money photographer seeks low cost solution to printer colour management" you will know it's me once again calling for help.