by Mike McNamee Published 01/06/2011
TOP: The opening dialogue of the wizard enables the user to select the monitor (for dual displays) along with the required profile settings. The system is fully wizard driven and extremely simple to use.
MIDDLE: Completed profile validation may be carried out with a number of standard targets including the familiar Macbeth Color Checker.
BOTTOM: Validation may be carried out against dozens of CMYK output conditions using this IT8 7.4 target. This is vital when monitors are used for press, soft proofing.
The performance of the CG243W was excellent; it passed the Fogra Class A certification standards as indicated in the certification report reproduced below. The RGB patch set delivered a slightly higher error at 1.34 ?Eoo. The results are tabled.
The performance data of the F419 is rather flattering. The error values remain reasonably small but the huge difference in gamut shows how far behind it really is (that is why it is used only for showing palettes!). A duplicated view of poppies in Photoshop looked reasonably close on both screens. However, the view provided by the Color Palette of InDesign was so inaccurate (on the F-419) as to make selection of colours difficult. In the patch set used for the Malta feature the red was so poor that at first we thought it was absent, it was a deep brown; the rendering of reds is compromised throughout the palette
ABOVE RIGHT: The Professional Imagemaker Eizo 243W complies with the highest (A-Grade) rating after profiling with i1 Publish and the new i1 Display spectrophotometer. Luminance was deliberately set low.
BELOW: As usual Windows has the last say, switching profile behind our backs when we rebooted!
In Photoshop there was hardly any difference between a duplicated window of the red poppies one placed fully on each screen. In InDesign there was a large difference. In Photoshop the colours moved as the dragged image straddled the join between two screens, the higher gamut screen over saturated the reds until the entire image was placed in the left screen when it jumped to the correct colour, the effect was reversed going in the opposite direction. The implementation of colour management in Windows looks a little shaky.
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