Gretag Macbeth Eye One
Display - Version 2!
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The Gretag Macbeth Eye One
Display 2 (manufacturer's page
here) is the premier
screen calibration unit on the market today for Photographers working in the
digital domain. It is noticeably far more accurate than the Colorvision Spyder/SpyderPro/Spyder2
system in day-to-day use, and the software that guides you through the process
(Eye One Match version 3), is superb and much simpler to use than Photocal or
Gretag Macbeth are
absolutely one of the highest quality players in the colour management market,
and this device is a lot of their expertise condensed into one easy to use,
Along with printer
profiles, this device is an essential component of a quality focussed, colour
The Eye One Display 2 can
calibrate both LCD and CRT monitors, so if you're thinking of upgrading monitors
to a flat screen in the near future, this device will follow you through the
transition and offer you the same quality results on both types of monitor.
What will this device do
The Eye One Display 2 will
calibrate your screen to a known standard (can use whitepoints of 5000K, 6500K
and the monitors native white point, also allows Gamma 1.8 or 2.2). It then
profiles your monitor/video card combination and creates a profile of your
system. This profile is then used by Photoshop (and other ICC colour management
savvy applications), to display images with clinical accuracy on your system.
Having images displayed with accuracy on your screen is the first step in
developing a system you can trust and use to get professional quality results.
If your monitor is properly calibrated and you deliver a digital file to a lab,
and the print comes back poorly done, you can definitively tell the lab that the
fault was theirs. You will be able to make fine adjustments to files, with
changes of as little as 1% in colour tone easily visible and accurately
reflected. You will be able to work with a new found level of precision and
What do I get? What does
it plug into and can I use it with Mac and/or PC?
You receive the Eye One
Colourimeter monitor calibration device, a manual, warranty for 12 months, and
the Eye One Match software (which has both Easy Mode to get started and Advanced
modes for more control). The Eye One license allows you to install the software
on all machines you personally use and hence if you use more than one computer
you can calibrate the screens to match across your system.
The Eye One Display system
is compatible with Mac (Classic, OS X) and Windows (Windows 98, 2000, ME, and
The device plugs into a
USB port. Please note, the device draws power from the USB port and some laptops
do not supply enough power to their USB ports. In this case you may need to use
an inexpensive powered hub ($25 to $50, which we can supply).
How often do I use it?
calibrate at least once a month and before any major job. The
average home use will find that every 4 to 8 weeks is sufficient (varies
depending on the age and quality of the monitor). The process takes less than 10
minutes. Basically, monitors do drift over time. You should let the monitor warm
up for half an hour before calibration, as there are usually big colour changes
in the first few minutes of using a monitor. If your monitor is older or brand
new, then calibration will need to be done more frequently.
How much and how do I get
The Eye-One Display 2 can
be purchased on its own for:
(Including GST and
delivery anywhere within Australia - sent Registered Post, fully insured)
What are the changes over
the previous version? How does the new version compare?
- The new unit is even
more accurate (which is pretty remarkable considering the accuracy of the
- Will offer a
completely automated mode one-click with compatible (DDC) monitors (coming
soon - next software version)
- Ambient light head
allows you to measure the colour temperature of your working area/strobes
- Most of the changes
are in the software (available as a free upgrade at the
Gretag Macbeth site
for current Eye One owners)
- New luminance
- New profile
reminder option (one week to one month, your choice)
- Monitor profile
- Smoother tonal
transitions (particularly in deeply saturated blues)
- More neutral grey
Using your Eye One
What settings should I
calibrate my screen to once I've got the Eye One?
As a general rule, follow
the default settings of Gamma 2.2, 6500K white point and use the suggested
luminosity for CRTs or LCDs. These settings will suit most people perfectly and
give excellent results.
Please note that you will
probably see some theories (a.k.a. myths) around the internet etc. about the
gamma for Macs being 1.8. This is (as usual) simply wrong - this hasn't been an
appropriate setting for general use on a Mac since the early 1990s. You
definitely want to be using a gamma of 2.2 on both Mac and PCs.
My colour is bang on in
terms of tones, now but I still find my prints a little darker/lighter than what
I see on my screen!
Not surprisingly, the
default suggested settings are not completely perfect for everyone. Try
re-calibrating with a lower or higher luminosity, which should give you a better
perceptual match in terms of brightness between screen and print.
I use fine-art papers
without optical brighteners that are very warm - this is not reflected in my
whites in Photoshop - can I do anything about this?
Try calibrating to a lower
white point of 5000 to 5500 K - this should give you a better match for the warm
whites. You can easily create two monitor profiles - one for regular use with
photographic papers and another with a lower whitepoint for warmer fine art
papers, and switch between them using Display Properties (PC) / Colorsync (Mac).
This process is generally
only required for really warm fine art papers - Photo Rag and the like,
while not being a terribly bright white, are really not so warm as to require a
Where can I get the
latest software? Is it free?
Yes. Go to
www.gretagmacbeth.com and register using your device serial number. You can then
download the latest Eye One Match .
You can also download Eye
One Share, although most people won't need this, but it is useful for taking
spot readings etc.