Datacolor, a global leader in digital colour management technology, today announces the addition of Spyder3Pro and Spyder3Print to its new Spyder3 range of monitor calibration and printer profiling solutions.
Spyder3Pro offers an affordable display calibration tool for serious and professional photographers while Spyder3Print is a printer-profiling device aimed at fine art printers and production professionals.
Spyder3Pro – entry level monitor calibration
With its sleek design, Spyder3Pro is 37 per cent smaller than its Spyder2 predecessor and is supplied with a desktop cradle that doubles as a tripod attachment for use when calibrating a display. Suction cup and counterweight mounting options are also provided for complete flexibility. Calibration time is cut by 29 per cent to five minutes, with re-calibration 64 per cent faster at only two and a half minutes.
The new Spyder3 colorimeter offers the only seven-detector colour engine on the market, with its 27mm aperture, the largest in its class, giving a greater screen sampling area and a 400 per cent increase in light sensitivity. In conjunction with the embedded ambient light sensor, which automatically measures surrounding ambient light levels even when stored in its cradle, Spyder3Pro enables users to achieve the most precise results when calibrating a display. Its new optical design and colour engine allow calibration of the latest in wide gamut, LED backlight and AdobeRGB displays.
Spyder3Pro also introduces SpyderProof, a proofing function that lets users evaluate calibration results in before and after modes. Four quadrants of thematic images are displayed, targeting saturated colours, skin tones, gradients and black and white. Users can zoom in on any picture to assess highlights, shadow, colour or tonal response in greater detail, and softproof the images using custom profiles.
Spyder3Print – printer profiling
Spyder3Print complements the display calibration capabilities of Spyder3Pro and Spyder3Elite by enabling users to create custom printer profiles. Using an updated Datacolor 1005 spectrocolorimeter and colour calibration tile with tracking ruler for more accurate readings, Spyder3Print produces professional-looking prints quickly and accurately, avoiding wasteful trial-and-error testing.
Profiles can be created in minutes with the assistance of the SpyderGuide on-screen help wizard, which guides users through each step of the process, while integrated checks of print quality and media settings ensure that the printer is correctly configured and working properly. The calibration functions of Spyder3Pro and Spyder3Elite are enhanced by the inclusion of support for both 8-bit and 16-bit profiles, allowing users to reproduce the most subtle elements of their work accurately and consistently.
Spyder3Elite – studio calibration
Enhancing the features set offered by Spyder3Pro, Spyder3Elite’s dual-mode software offers the choice of a walkthrough wizard guide or expert console to give advanced users full control of all settings. It is also the only device in its category able to calibrate front projectors.
Users can calibrate multiple studio displays to a single target with Spyder3Elite, which incorporates StudioMatch Assistant for step-by-step guidance through the process. The assistant takes into account each display’s white and black luminance as well as studio light conditions, guaranteeing consistent and accurate colour and brightness on each display in a studio. Spyder3Elite’s Curves Import function gives users total control over colour and black and white tinting curves in the image editor, enabling adjustments to be applied to a profile rather than individual images, while a new PreciseLight function adjusts profiles to optimise images for printing, depending on the environment in which they will be displayed.
Unlimited, user-defined calibration targets for white point, gamma, white luminance and black luminance allow users to get the most from their digital workflow. Creatives using L-Star workflows can use Spyder3Elite’s patented L-Star compatible technologies as an alternative to typical gamma settings, enabling individual tonal response curves to be generated for open shadows and detailed highlights.
Once calibrated, the new SpyderCertification option ensures that calibration standards are deployed consistently across all subscribed displays, issuing a warning if a display’s calibration becomes out of date or incorrect.
Spyder3Studio – complete colour management
For a complete suite of colour management tools, Spyder3Studio combines the features of Spyder3Elite’s display calibration with the printer profiling function of Spyder3Print. Giving users complete control over their digital workflow, Spyder3Studio enables users to tailor colour management to their requirements, from single-screen to complete studio solutions for the creation of custom colour or black and white ICC profiles set up for individual printer and media selections.
Availability and pricing:
- For amateur users – Spyder2Express: £67.98 including VAT
- For enthusiasts and semi-pro users – Spyder3Pro: £104.90 including VAT
- For professional users – Spyder3Elite: £174.95 including VAT
- Spyder3Print: £314.72 including VAT
Combined monitor and printer calibration:
- Spyder3Studio: £376.94 including VAT
Providing cross-platform compatibility with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows XP and Vista, the Spyder3 family of products is available to buy now from the Datacolor website.