i1display Pro: How to Profile Your Device

Check out an i1Display Pro from the IC to correct the color on your monitor, tablet or mobile device. 

Profiling Your Device

Before you begin:

Ambient light effects profiling outcomes. Set your computer in a place you plan to work often. 

Make sure your screen has been on for 20-30 minutes. Turn off any settings that could possibly change the normal temperature or brightness of the screen while in use. (i.e. Night Shift, Low Power Mode, Screen Saver, etc.)

In System Preferences, ensure the following preferences are set:

  • Displays > Uncheck “Automatically Adjust Brightness” 
  • Accessibility > Display > Set Contrast Slider to “Normal”
  • Energy Saver > Uncheck any power savers that would affect the calibration process

Quit any applications and turn off all settings that might interfere with calibration, such as pop up notifications, flashing updates or messaging services. 

If this is your first time calibrating your computer, download the i1Profiler application from the X-Rite website and install it onto your computer. (See link below.) 


Open the .dmg package and follow the prompts on screen for installation. Installation will include a computer restart. Once the software is installed, delete the .dmg package.

Calibrating Your Monitor

Open the i1Profiler Software: Go to Applications > i1Profiler Folder > i1Profiler

Connect the calibrator to your computer using the USB cord. Set the User Mode to “Basic.” 

To the right of Application Settings, set the Default display device to “i1 Display.” If the i1Display device does not appear, the calibrator has not been detected yet, or is not connected properly.

From the Workflow Selector (left column), click the Display Profiling button.

Display Settings

Select the display you are profiling and the type of monitor. In most cases, the program will automatically select it for you.

Select a White Point from the pull-down menu and a color temperature. D50 and D65 are the most common temperatures. D50 is a warmer white used for commercial CMYK printing (IC Laser printing – yellow forms) and imitates the yellow-cast of paper. D65 is cooler in color and is best for inkjet printers (IC large-format printing – pink & purple forms). D65 is also a good setting for photography and digital output. If you are undecided, use D65.

Select a Luminance level from the pull-down menu, 80 being the lowest level and 250 the brightest. 80-120 are the preferred luminance levels to see shadows. If you prefer to keep your current screen brightness level, select “Native.” The program will retain your current level of screen brightness and profile accordingly. If you are unsure, 100-120 is recommended.

Uncheck “Adjust profile based on my ambient light.” 

Click the Next button or select Measurement.

Display Hardware Setup

If your computer has Automatic Display Control (ADC), check the ADC box. If you are unsure, undecided, or know your computer does not have ADC, use the manual mode:

Check “Adjust brightness, contrast, and RGB gains manually.”

Click “Start Measurement” to begin calibration.


Follow the onscreen instructions to place measurement device onto your screen using the counterweight provided on the USB cord. The computer will flash different colors and the spectrophotometer will calibrate based on these colors.

Follow the instructions on screen to adjust your brightness. Get as close as you can; the brightness is usually not a perfect line up, but the device will calibrate according to your brightness.

When prompted by the program, remove the i1Display device from the screen, turning the diffuser back over the lens.

Once finished, the program will display a series of patches split into before and after triangles. Each triangle pair should only differ in value. If any pair are a completely different color, it is likely that a screen pop up interfered with the calibration process, and the measurements must be taken again.  

If the patches are correct, click Next or select ICC Profile.

Name your profile; include date and monitor type. Example: 2018-01-30-Macbook-Office.icc

Set user access for the profile. 

Set up a Profile Reminder of 1-4 weeks. If you are doing color-critical work, profile every week. Otherwise, every 2-4 weeks should be sufficient. 

You can view results and select “before” and “after” images as examples of your improved color.