X-Rite ColorMunki Photo, All-in-One Color Control Solution for Profiling Monitors, RGB & CMYK Printers and Digital Projectors, for Windows & Mac

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  • ColorMunki Personality Traits
  • LCD and Laptop Display Profiling - BASIC
  • ColorMunki Device

About X-Rite ColorMunki Photo

ColorMunki Photo is the innovative new way to bring your photos from screen to print with color perfection. Designed for the wedding, social, portrait photographers, this color control solution delivers new technological features for display, projector and RGB/CMYK printer profiling.
• It's also loaded with new color creation and communication tools that allow you to grab colors from virtually anywhere, including your entire image library, preview your color palettes under different light sources and even preview for PrintSafe production under a variety of different printing methods.

You'll now be able to send your images to your clients with a new level of confidence that they are viewed in a calibrated environment with the DigitalPouch communication tool. All this delivered in an All-in-One integrated solution with a streamlined interface, making the most of your digital workflow. ColorMunki is your new best friend.

All-in-One spectrophotometer means no separate devices needed to profile your displays and printers. The white calibration tile is integrated, so nothing to lose or match up to your device. Includes a protective bag which doubles as an integrated monitor holder no cumbersome accessories needed. It truly is your do everything, go everywhere solution!

Calibrate with Ease
ColorMunki lets you swing perfectly from screen to print with quick, easy, and accurate display-to-print match. Software guides you through whichever profiling function you desire. Select "match my printer to my display" and you'll be completely guided through the profiling process for both your display and your printer. Or, you can easily jump right to display, projector or printer profiling.

LCD & Laptop Calibration
With both easy and advanced mode, you'll master the color jungle in a snap. "Easy" mode has predetermined selections, so you don't need to be a color expert. For those looking for more control over whitepoint or ambient measurements, choose the "Advanced" mode.

The DDC auto detect control will quickly determine if your monitor is compliant and if so, perform one button display profiling. ColorMunki can calibrate multiple displays with ease and provides before and after visualization, as well as calibration reminder prompts.

Projector Profiling
Tired of making excuses for your projected images? Your display is right, but your audience sees something different? Utilizing the same profiling technology for your display, your ColorMunki will give you fast and accurate projector profiles so you can project your images to your client, family or friends with color confidence!

Printer Profiling
Complete color control and optimized printer profiling make sure the color you see is the color you get. New RGB and CMYK printer profiling technology delivers outstanding printer profile quality.



The X-Rite ColorMunki Photo is commonly used for Professional quality and more.The X-Rite ColorMunki Photo is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Budget shopper, Quality oriented among others.The X-Rite ColorMunki Photo is popular because customers like the following qualities of the X-Rite ColorMunki Photo: Accurate colors, Easy to collaborate across programs, Easy to customize, Easy to navigate, Easy to use, Fast and Versatile

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Accurate colors (24),Easy to navigate (16),Easy to collaborate across programs (15),Versatile (13),Easy to use (7),Easy to customize (6),Fast (5)
Cons:
Freezes or crashes (3)
Best Uses:
Professional quality (20),Home or business (3),Presentations (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Quality oriented (33),Budget shopper (5)

X-Rite ColorMunki Photo Features

  • Calibrate Like Never Before
  • Complete color control and optimized printer profiling ensure that the color you see is the color you get.
  • New RGB and CMYK printer profiling technology has the ability to optimize specific colors, black & white shades, and flesh tones
  • No need to read individual color patches ColorMunki's superfast printer profiling can rapidly scan test charts in less than one minute
  • Calibrate with Ease
  • Colormunki TM lets you swing perfectly from screen to print.
  • The Swiss-engineered ColorMunki is the portable all-in-one solution that provides quick, easy, and accurate display-to-print match.
  • Precise monitor calibration in both basic and advanced modes
  • Capture the ambient light within a room or a light box for a new level of precise calibration
  • Fast and accurate projector profiling to project your images to your clients, family, or friends with color confidence
  • Create with Power
  • Colormunki lets the possibilities run wild.
  • Bring your vision to life by capturing colors from virtually anywhere, enhancing the editing creativity of your images and designs.
  • Put your image library at your fingertips and automatically extract colors from any image
  • Create and manage custom color palettes with unique PrintSafe checking capabilities
  • Communicate Effortlessly
  • Colormunki goes bananas for details.
  • Beauty is in the shadows, highlights, and balance. So no matter how you show your work, the world will see exactly what you want.
  • Share your images with confidence with DigitalPouch, a self-executable application that checks for ViewSafe conditions on the receiver side
  • With AppSet, ColorMunki talks with your photo and design applications to automate printer profile settings
  • ColorMunki Personality Traits:
  • LCD and Laptop Display Profiling - BASIC: Preconfigured settings - ADVANCED: Optional settings for white point, ambient compensation and precalibration
  • RGB & CMYK Printer Profiling
  • Digital Projector Profiling
  • Ambient Light Measurement and Compensation
  • Spot Color Measurement
  • ColorMunki Device: All-in-one spectrophotometer with integrated white calibration tile
  • Display Profiling - Multiple display profiling and DDC auto detect control
  • New High-Quality Printer Profiling Technology - Small number, large patch, interactive profiling process (50+50 patches) with profile optimization features
  • New Automated Printer Profile AppSet - Auto configure photo and design applications to use printer profile when printing
  • New Color Creation Tools - Extract color from image - Capture any color from any surface - PrintSafe color palette preview
  • New ViewSafe Image Transport
  • Runs on Mac and PC; compatible with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign + QuarkXPress

X-Rite ColorMunki Photo Specifications

System Requirements for Windows
Microsoft Windows XP 32 & 64 bit or Vista 32 with latest service packs installed - 512MB RAM - Intel Pentium IV or AMD Athalon XP or better CPU - 300MB of free disk space - Powered USB Port - Display resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher - Internet connection
System Requirements for Mac
MacOS X 10.4, 10.5 with latest update installed - 512 RAM - G4 processor or higher (G5 recommended) - 300MB of free disk space - Powered USB Port - Display resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher - Internet
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X-Rite ColorMunki Photo Reviews

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4.1

(based on 39 reviews)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Surprisingly easy and useful

This is an excellent and easy to use device that should be used by anyone who wants to make consistently high quality large prints. Over a few months time, the savings in ink and paper will pay for this device. Initially, I hesitated making this purchase. I used to own a commercial color printing lab and did a lot of Type C prints. I am pretty serious about high print quality. I had read some reviews that seriously trashed this product as difficult to use and unreliable. As a result, I hesit...

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This is an excellent and easy to use device that should be used by anyone who wants to make consistently high quality large prints. Over a few months time, the savings in ink and paper will pay for this device. Initially, I hesitated making this purchase. I used to own a commercial color printing lab and did a lot of Type C prints. I am pretty serious about high print quality. I had read some reviews that seriously trashed this product as difficult to use and unreliable. As a result, I hesitated purchasing the ColorMunki until I had no choice but to trust the excellent review of the Colormunki on the Imaging Resources web site, buy a Colormunki and hope that it did the job. My only alternative was to buy a replacement for my old HP DesignJet 130 large format printer, which was drifting off color, no longer properly self-calibrated, and producing very marginal print quality even with updated firmware, ICC profiles, the newest drivers and constant hardware monitor calibration. I am delighted with the vast improvement in my large format print quality after I calibrated both the monitor and the older DesignJet 130 in a single process. The calibration and profiling took some time but the results really are much better than I have ever previously achieved with this printer. Color casts that had troubled me for weeks are gone. The Colormunki print profile is easy to find and load into Adobe Lightroom 2.3's Print module. There are a few minor issues: the printed instructions are rather confusing and the downloadable "help" videos show nothing but black screens without sound. Not much help. However, if you have even a modest knowledge of color management and take a little time, you will be able to use the Colormunki without difficulty. One other positive point - the installation CD automatically connects to the Internet and prompts you to download the newest software. This is probably an excellent idea because early difficulties with the Colormunki may have been related to flaws in the initial software release.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A HUGE WASTE OF TIME & MONEY!

I bought this item to use at my work. I have used x-rite calibration products in the past which worked fine. THIS DOES NOT!!! I cant tell if it calibrated my LCD screen (it doesn'T calibrate CRT monitors!-which is really dumb). Basically, the print process was a cruel joke! It creates icc profiles that are supposed to be automatically applied in Adobe (this doesn't happen. you have to find the profiles on your computer and put them in an Adobe folder and covert manually). The icc profiles DON...

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I bought this item to use at my work. I have used x-rite calibration products in the past which worked fine. THIS DOES NOT!!! I cant tell if it calibrated my LCD screen (it doesn'T calibrate CRT monitors!-which is really dumb). Basically, the print process was a cruel joke! It creates icc profiles that are supposed to be automatically applied in Adobe (this doesn't happen. you have to find the profiles on your computer and put them in an Adobe folder and covert manually). The icc profiles DONT work!!! All prints come out dark and cyan. I have tried this multiple times, wasted lots of ink and a ton of good paper! The tech department is laughable and can't help or offer real solutions! I should have seen it from the beginning-the test sheets only print out 20 patches which can'T do anything for color accuracy. X-rite just kept telling me it was software issues with my stuff-too bad I use all of the industry standard -MAC & EPSON. Thanks for wasting my time, money, paper, ink, X-rite!

Reviewed by 39 customers

 
4.0

I don't know if it's all in One...

By

from Post St Lucie, FL  -  Value Oriented

This thing is pretty good and I'm sure it's hard to make a generic hanger for this unit that fits all monitors but I had some trouble getting it to hang correctly where it was supposed to. But not a deal breaker...I sat there and held it in place while it did it's thing. The other problem was that the micro USB plug didn't want to stay connected to the unit so well but finally found a sort-of solution.

 
4.0

So far so good

By

from Dallas  -  Quality Oriented

I did the screen profile and it changed the display significantly. It's much better in showing detail throughout the range of light to dark...but it's taking some time to get used to (I used to have the screen significantly darker and the colors look a little washed out now). On the printer side, I was extremely worried about being able to shut off all of the other color management on my pixma Pro9000. But I found a pretty good video that showed the proper set up (go to the Printer properties, main, turn color/intensity to manual, click set and select "none" on the matching tab). Once you've turned off color management in the printer, everything works well and my first prints looked very close to what I expected/wanted. Unfortunatly my printer died around that time....and my new one should give me another chance at calibration when it arrives today. The biggest reason why I got this was to be able to use aftermarket ink w/o losing color fidelity by profiling the ink/paper combo.

 
4.0

Easy Set Up Great Results

By

from Chesapeake, VA  -  Quality Oriented

As a photographer with a hobby business I wanted easy calibration of my monitor and printer. The setup videos and instructions made the calibrations easy with specific papers. It did take a few tries to get the buttons on the calorimeter figured out.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This thing actually works

By

from Atlanta Ga.  -  Value Oriented

Getting a picture with something resembling proper color has eluded me for years. Because of that I rarely attempted printing many pictures. I finally bought a good color photo printer but the same problems persisted. So I ponied up and bought the Colormunkie. It took me a while to get it right but with very good help from Xrite and my printer's manufacturer, I got it. And I am very happy with the results. It was well worth the investment.

 
4.0

Pricey but packed with features

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from Brooklyn, NY  -  Quality Oriented

I use this to match dual monitors, calibrate the screens and help with camera calibration/profiles. It's a bit pricey, but a great product. I've had issues getting two monitors to match (maybe monitrs too old?). Otherwise, it's a breeze to use.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WYSIWYG

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from NYS  -  Quality Oriented

I use ColorMunki Photo to calibrate my monitors and printers. It generates an ICC (.icm for Colormunki) profile based upon its spectrometer readings on your monitor and on print charts it generates. You can make one for each kind of photo paper/printer you use. These profiles then are accessible in Photoshop and Lightroom. The results are color-accurate prints that very closely match what you see on your monitor. WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get.)

 
5.0

Great color calibration for video&print

By

from Overland Park, KS  -  Quality Oriented

Monitor calibration is essential for accurate color as your share your work digitally or in print. The ColorMunki helps to make sure your audience sees what you intend them to see.

 
5.0

EZ to use.

By

from Winnemucca NV.  -  Quality Oriented

Made a differance in my prints the very first time I used it. Very pleased.

 
4.0

What a relief.

By

from Boston  -  Quality Oriented

I got the colormunki primarily to get my monitors to agree. I've calibrated 4 LCD monitors on my two desktop machines and one laptop. I'm running Windows 7 on all machines. On our oldest laptop, I couldn't get the calibration to stick, it is most likely due to old drivers on the laptop. Since it is our oldest and I don't edit photos on that machine, I quit trying to debug it. Here's what I've gained. Piece of mind and faster work flow. I used to worry about colors, so I would check them on several machines and monitors at home and work. One day after shooting fog and seeing color shifts, I decided enough was enough and got the colormunki. I've only been profiling monitors, but it will profile projectors, ambient light conditions, pick up colors from samples and match printers. I'm not doing this kind of stuff…now, but perhaps someday I will. Be sure your drivers are up to date, and life should be a breeze. Cons? On one of my monitors, the profile is about 1/3 stop brighter, but since my results are much better and I don't know route cause, I cannot fault the colormunki. You can check out the results on my blog, just google "shooting my universe".

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Easy to Use

By

from Grand Rapids, MI  -  Quality Oriented

I bought the Color Munki photo to replace an earlier X-Rite product. The software is easy to navigate, especially for the Monitor Calibration. (Though there is one glitch in the software that reminds you to reprofile your monitor every week, even when you tell it you don't want to be reminded that frequently) However, I found that the calibration of my printer was not that effective, and that I got BETTER prints just using the printer profiles that came with my printer over the ones I created with the Color Munki. And since I don't have a projector I don't use that aspect of the Color Munki. So in the long run, I could have purchased just the iOne Display colorimeter and saved myself a couple hundred dollars!

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JAMES K  Most simple, all-in-one color solution for a small studio.
Shopper  I do not see Windows 7 listed in the system requirements. Is this device compatible with 7?
TAMMY A  Yes I use it with windows 7
Clark F  Will this work with an LED backlit IPS display?
ALFRED J  It should work w/ an LED display vs. LCD since it directly measures light/color from your display surface. they give you a counterweight to put over the monitor to balance out the weight as you let the colormunki hang in front of monitor. there are 2 ways to calibrate the monitor-- an easier more auto way and a more manual way. the ONLY problem I can see is the auto way wants the colormunki program to be able to adjust brightness etc. itself. As long as the monitor has a manual menu (buttons) for brightness, color balance etch. you should be fine.
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