Color Management | i1Display Pro

Check out an i1Display Pro from the IC to correct the color on your monitor, tablet, or mobile device. For information on how to profile your device, please visit our step by step instructional guide by clicking HERE.

Checkout Policy

To calibrate your laptop or device, make a reservation appointment via Calendly to check out a device from the Imaging Center. 

Equipment can only be checked out in person by appointment. The IC does not accept ‘walk-ins’.

Imaging Center equipment checkouts are free for current CCS students, staff, and faculty. 

Patrons must present a current CCS ID in order to check out equipment. No ID = No Checkout.

Students may keep the equipment for no more than 24 hours for each checkout and can renew the items one consecutive time. Students cannot check out equipment over weekends and school breaks (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, etc.). 

The patron is fully responsible for the care and safeguard of all equipment that they check out. The student is responsible for paying close attention during the time that the equipment is being checked out to them. Read and sign the check-out agreement to avoid mistakes. 

The patron must check for equipment damage before they take it. Report any faulty equipment and return it immediately.

Paige using i1profile device
Paige S. (former work-study student) calibrates her laptop in the 2018

Return Policy

All equipment must be returned on time. 

A return time & date will be agreed upon when you check out the item. A calendar appointment will be made on your behalf as an appointment for you to return the item.

All equipment must be returned in the condition in which it was checked out (cords wrapped, cases packed neatly and clean). 

It is encouraged that the patron stays and observes the IC staff while they check in returned equipment. 

All checkouts returned to the Imaging Center before 3:30pm on Fridays

Equipment will be sanitized upon return to the Imaging Center.

An example of calibrating a monitor
IC computer being calibrated in Fall 2020

Overdue Equipment Policy

Students, Staff, and Faculty are subject to late fines and replacement fees. Emails are sent via CCS email to notify the patron of overdue equipment. 

Equipment overdue by more than 24 hours will result in the suspension of checkout and potentially printing privileges. 

Equipment overdue by more than 72 hours will result in a replacement fee and indefinite suspension of check-out & printing privileges. Students will have a hold placed on their academic accounts

Lost, stolen, or damaged equipment will result in a mandatory, non-negotiable, full replacement or repair charge. 

An official police report must be submitted for stolen equipment or we will assume that you, the patron, stole the equipment. 

Consecutive overdue returns may result in the semester suspension of check out and/or printing privileges. 

Threatening or rude conduct toward any IC staff member will result in the permanent loss of your checkout and/or printing privileges. 

Fines may be paid in the Imaging Center. 

Only IC management can override policy terms

Color Management | i1Display Pro

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

If this is your first time calibrating your computer, download the i1Profiler application from the X-Rite website and install it onto your computer by clicking HERE

Open the .dmg package and follow the prompts on screen for installation. Installation will include a computer restart.

Profiling Your Device

i1display pro box
Before you begin

Ambient light affects 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.)

Don’t forget to clean your monitor so that it is free from fingerprints!

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

In System Preferences, ensure the following preferences are set:

system preferences - display
Displays > Uncheck “Automatically Adjust Brightness” 
system preferences - accessibility
Accessibility > Display > Set Contrast Slider to “Normal
system preferences - energy saver
Energy Saver > Uncheck any power savers that would affect the calibration process

Calibrating Your Monitor

i1profiler - main page

Open the i1Profiler software & connect the calibrator to your computer using the USB cord.

User Mode > Basic 

Application Settings > set the Default display device to i1Display

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

Display Settings

i1profiler - display settings

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

White Point > CE Illuminant D65

Luminance > 120 cd/m2

Gamma > Standard (default) | 2.20

Uncheck > Adjust profile based on my ambient light

Select the Next button

Note: D50 and D65 are the most common temperatures. D50 is a warmer white used for commercial CMYK printing (IC laser printing) and imitates the yellow-cast of paper. D65 is cooler in color and is best for inkjet printers (IC inkjet printing). D65 is also a good setting for photography and digital output. If you are undecided, use D65.

80 cd/m2 is the lowest level and 250 cd/m2 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.

Display Hardware Setup

i1profiler - measure color patches

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.

Select > Start Measurement


i1profiler - brightness adjustment

Place the measurement device onto your screen using the counterweight provided on the USB cord.

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

The computer will then flash different colors and the spectrophotometer will calibrate based on these colors.

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

i1profiler - final measurement comparison

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.

i1display pro - final page

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. 

before and after monitor calibration

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