Do you manage your display with Datacolor Spyder, X-rite or other?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ithinky, May 20, 2019.

  1. ithinky macrumors newbie


    May 20, 2019
    Hi! This is just my curiosity...
    I used to color manage my imac and macbook pro with Datacolor Spyder 4, but is it worth? Since my photographs and videos will be seen by many people in their computers and displays with the factory profile!!...
    What do you think? Anyone thinks differently?
  2. Mark_EL, May 20, 2019
    Last edited: May 20, 2019

    Mark_EL macrumors newbie


    Mar 20, 2019
    I calibrate both my iMac and my Eizo ColorEdge display with an Xrite i1 Display Pro device. For the iMac screen I use the Xrite software, for the Eizo I use the Eizo Colornavigator 7 software.

    Do I think it is worth it? I know it is for me. I do a lot of product photography so therefor color accuracy is very important to me, and my clients. I also think it is important when you print your images, even if you don't print them yourself. I don't order a lot of prints but if I do, I make sure to use a photo lab that lets me proof my images with their ICC profile. The third reason that makes it important to calibrate are the brightness settings. Most displays have their brightness set way too high when they leave the factory. I use my colorimeter to correct the brightness to my work environment. In my case 120 cd/m2.

    I can only make sure that the colours and brightness of my images are as good as they can be. I can't be held responsible if the colours are off on a clients screen...
  3. casperes1996 macrumors 68040


    Jan 26, 2014
    Horsens, Denmark
    The way I see things; You should work with the most accurate reference you can. Anything else is a variable and uncertain. But if you work with the most accurate reference you can, when the client-side devices get more and more accurate (as they hopefully will with time) your material will too.
  4. Bohemien macrumors regular


    Mar 28, 2019
    I agree with what has been said, plus in my impression colors and contrast on the iMac 5K screen look much better after calibration. I’m using Spyder 5.
  5. wardie macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2008
    Agree, I use a Spyder 5 Pro and the default 2017 iMac 5k screen profile is quite blue/daylight sort of tint. Slightly more correction needed than my very old 2009 iMac 27 inch non-retina or Cinema HD, curiously.
  6. ithinky thread starter macrumors newbie


    May 20, 2019
    When i compare my iMac and my Macbook Pro with color corrected profiles they differ more from each other then when i compare with factory default profiles! I use Spyder Pro 4... i will make a new calibration and give you feedback.
  7. nihil0 macrumors regular


    May 19, 2016
    Well I don't have calibrated monitor with Spyder or xRite but only with Mac Display software tool (took many trial and errors) but when I compared my display with professional Epson printer connected to NEC professional monitor (both calibrated with xRite Color Munki) for photographers I was suprised that the results were almost identical. It either means that I have best eyes ever or that iMac displays have high quality.

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