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The New Standard in Color Management

 

Datacolor's SPYDER® line of digital imaging products has become the most recognizable and honored color calibration brand in the world. Datacolor has created a whole portfolio of digital imaging innovations for graphic designers, creative professionals and professional photographers. Each product is designed to take the "work" out of a color managed workflow so you can concentrate on what really matters - your creativity.

 

 

 

What is color management?

Color management is the process of ensuring that colors are true and consistent throughout the entire digital workflow, from capturing images to digital editing and printing your work. Every device displays colors differently. Cameras, monitors and printers each have their own interpretation and range of colors they can reproduce. Color management systems (CMS) work by using device profiles, also known as ICC profiles which are simply data files that fingerprint how a particular device produces color. By calibrating your displays and printers, you can rely on these devices to display colors that are exactly as they should be.

As a photographer, it is critical that your images are displayed and printed correctly. If you have a color-managed digital workflow, you can be confident that your colors are true and avoid costly mistakes and time-consuming reprints.

» Color Management: An Easy Introduction To Consistent True Colors In Capture – Edit – Print by Klaus Bjarner

 

Why do I need to calibrate my monitor?

Each display is unique in the way it displays colors and over time, they drift, age and wear out. Calibrating your monitor is like tuning your car’s engine. You need to calibrate regularly to achieve accurate, consistent color, life-like flesh tones, superb gray balance and tonal response. A calibrated monitor is the first step in color management and is essential in your digital workflow.

Why can’t I “tune up” my monitor using the naked eye?

Color perception by the human eye is subjective and is different from person to person. The Spyder3 is like an “electronic eye” that scientifically measures color and adjusts it to the industry standard. Therefore, wherever color is critical, a calibrated monitor is essential for the best color experience possible. 

 

Meet the Spyder family:

 

Camera Solutions

The first all-in-one RAW calibration device for fast and accurate white-point correction as well as bracketed adjustments for highlights and blacks:

  • Ability to capture accurate color without a lot of trial and error manipulation
  • Spectrally neutral so SpyderCube responds accurately to all lighting conditions
  • Provides reference values to check and adjust RAW control settings
  • Includes Black Trap for shadow detail control
  • Allows users to instantly correct color images by setting color temperature values
  • Allows users to accurately adjust shadows and highlight details in any RAW images
  • Ideal for location shooting (outdoors or indoors) and studios
  • Essential for RAW conversion and can also be used when correcting images in a JPEG workflow.

 

» Download SpyderCube Datasheet

 

 

SpyderLensCal provides a fast, reliable method of measuring the focus performance on your camera and lens combinations. It allows photographers to obtain razor-sharp focusing or check to see that their lenses are working at their peak performance. This device is compact, lightweight and durable, with integrated level and tripod mount.

  • Fast, Easy Solution for your interchangeable lenses and newer DSLR models by providing razor-sharp auto-focusing using modern DSLR auto-focus micro-adjustment technology
  • Compact, Lightweight and Durable with integrated level and tripod mount, making this the most convenient way to adjust your own camera gear
  • Save Time and Hassle of sending your equipment in for servicing. Now you can check or calibrate your own lenses!
  • Accurate and Repeatable Calibration of your lenses and newer DSLR models
  • Worthwhile Investment to ensure your camera is focusing your lenses as precisely as possible

 

» Download SpyderLensCal Datasheet

» Got a question on SpyderLensCal? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions here.

 

 

 

 

 

Start your color control at the capture stage with the new SpyderCheckr™. It allows photographers to color calibrate their cameras, perform precision in-camera white balance and record known-color samples.

SpyderCheckr helps capture consistent color from day to day and camera to camera and apply these results easily in your workflow with RAW import software such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

The sturdy, eco-friendly design has 48 spectrally-engineered color patches, easy to use calibration software making post-production quicker by getting consistent, predictable color right from the start.

  • Consistent Color Control for your RAW workflow made easy and fast with SpyderCheckr and its powerful software, giving you a color standard for any camera and decreasing your post-production time
  • Neutral Gray Target and Gray Ramp for in-camera white balance and visual neutrality analysis
  • Extensive Skintone Samples for portrait and fashion photography
  • Durable, Eco-Friendly self casing construction for easy transport and field use, with replaceable targets^, tripod mount and fade strip indicator*
  • Easy-to-Use Software interacts with Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and Camera RAW to produce calibration presets, which fit directly into your digital workflow; no DNG processing required, multiple lightsource calibration option included

 

*FaceCheckr is a light sensitive patch which allows you to track the light exposure of your target and warns you when it's time to replace the Target Sheets.
^ Replaceable target sheets for SpyderCheckr are currently not available.

  

» Download the SpyderCheckr Color Data Information

» Download the SpyderCheckr Datasheet

 

For Monitor Calibration

 

 

Designed for Professional Photographers, Studios and Calibration Perfectionists

 

Spyder5ELITE is the ultimate color accuracy solution for laptops, desktops and projectors with room light monitoring and unlimited settings for gamma, white point and advanced grey balancing, for ultimate control of your color workflow.

 

With the Spyder5ELITE advanced calibration features, you get:

  • Expert color accuracy solution for monitors and projectors.
  • Software designed for calibration perfectionists with dual mode operation – wizard and expert mode, unlimited calibration settings, and advanced gray balancing.
  • Fast and easy, full calibration takes about five minutes to ensure color accuracy and less than half the time for monthly re-calibrations.
  • Room light monitoring determines optimal monitor brightness so you see fine shadow detail and highlights in your photos, ensuring your edited images match your prints.
  • “Before and After” evaluation of your calibration results using your own images in full screen mode to focus on the details important to you.
  • Display Analysis feature lets you evaluate and compare the performance of all of your laptop and desktop monitors.
  • Next Generation Spyder5 guarantees color accuracy with the industry’s only patented 7-detector optical engine and is compact and portable, with a built-in lens cap and tripod mount.
  • Multiple Monitor setup for laptop, desktop and front projector displays plus StudioMatch, the expert option to calibrate all of your studio displays to a single target.
  • Video standards for the Pro crossing over to motion.
  • See, share and print your images just as you intended with confidence.

 

 

 

Designed for Serious Photographers, Designers

 

Spyder5PRO is the advanced color accuracy solution, with room lighting settings for optimal monitor brightness, to help you get true colors on screen and in print. 

 

With the Spyder5PRO, you get:

  • Advanced color accuracy solution for all of your laptop and desktop monitors.
  • Fast and easy, full calibration takes only about five minutes to ensure color accuracy and less than half the time for monthly re-calibrations.
  • Room light monitoring determines optimal monitor brightness so you see fine shadow detail and highlights in your photos, ensuring your edited images match your prints. 
  • “Before and After” evaluation of your calibration results using your own photographs, to focus on details that are important to you.
  • Display Analysis feature lets you evaluate and compare the performance of all of your laptop and desktop monitors.
  • Next Generation Spyder5 is compact and portable with a built-in lens cap.
  • Guaranteed color accuracy with the industry’s only patented 7-detector optical engine resulting in more accurate shadow detail and smoother gradients.
  • See, share and print your images just as you intended with confidence.

 

 

 

Designed for Hobbyist Photographers

 

Spyder5EXPRESS is a simple color accuracy solution for monitors to help you see true colors on screen and achieve better print matching. It offers easy and fast calibration for laptops and desktops.

 

With the Spyder5EXPRESS, you get:

  • See, share and print your images just as you intended with confidence
  • Break free from the hassle of figuring out why your captured images look different on screen, and why the colors on screen don’t match your prints.
  • In just minutes, the simple 4-step process guides you through calibrating your monitor to achieve exceptional color accuracy, with improved shadow and highlight details, for better print matching.
  • See the “Before and After” results after calibration on pre-set images.
  • Spyder5Express calibrates all of your laptop and desktop monitors.
  • Next Generation Spyder5 is compact and portable with a built-in lens cap, and guarantees color accuracy with the industry’s only patented 7-detector optical engine.

 

Not sure which Spyder5 is most suitable for your needs? Find out using the Spyder5 Comparison Chart.

 

Designed for Professional Photographers, Videographers, Video Editors and Color Perfectionists

 

Spyder4ELITE is a display color calibration solution designed for professionals who need the highest level of color control in the studio and flexibility in post-production.

With the Spyder4Elite software, you get more options that give you greater control over color management:

  • StudioMatch enables visual fine-tuning of studio displays to match the way you see color
  • Built-in presets for video standards, such as Cineon, NTSC and PAL
  • Advanced Monitor Quality Analysis lets you analyze your display quality by plotting uniformity, color gamut, and change over time, tone response and allowing comparison with other displays
  • Calibrate to professional workflow targets with L-Star tone response curve
  • Unlimited choices for gamma, white point, white luminance and black luminance
  • Iterative grey balance algorithm for the most accurate greys
  • Front projector calibration for color-accurate presentations
  • Cloud Function lets you share information by gathering data on display models
  • iPhone- and iPad-ready - together with the free SpyderGallery application, you can now calibrate your iOS devices!

 

 

Designed for Photo Enthusiasts

 

Spyder4Express is a cost-effective colorimeter that quickly calibrates a single display computer or laptop right out of the box. Its simple, clear and automated process makes it straightforward to calibrate your displays to a reference condition.

With the Spyder4Express, you get:

  • Gamut graph of your display in the final screen
  • Cloud Function lets you share information by gathering data on display models
  • iPhone- and iPad-ready - together with the free SpyderGallery application, you can now calibrate your iOS devices!

 

Not sure which Spyder4 is most suitable for your needs? Find out using the Spyder4 Comparison Chart.

 

 

For Printer Profiling

 

 

Step Up to Professional Image Output

SpyderPRINT is the full-featured solution that professionals choose to manage color in their print output. By selecting any combination of printer, ink and media in the software, SpyderPRINT provides a full assortment of tools to let you push the limits of advanced inkjets to create gallery prints in color and black-and-white.

SpyderPRINT gives you full control of your printer output with the ability to create any number of custom profiles to ICC Standards. Simply install the software, print your choice of targets with your printer and then use the SpyderGuide device to help guide you through the easy process to calibrate and build a profile.

The exclusive SpyderProof™ feature provides a series of images to help you evaluate detail and compare it with your images. Additional features in the software make it easy for you to adjust profile settings to get the best possible printed output for your images.

Take full control of your printing process with SpyderPRINT.

 

Designed for Professional Photographers, Fine Art Printers, Production Professionals and anyone who wants accurate print-to-screen matching.

 

Features:

  • Designed for professionals that demand exceptional print quality
  • Profiling speed and accuracy - create custom print profiles in minutes!
  • SpyderProof - a soft-proofing tool to help you control printed output
  • Advanced controls allow you to apply adjustments to the profile, not just to individual images
  • Easily select custom profile settings with exact details for highlight and shadow detail for your printed images

 

» Download Spyder3Print SR Datasheet

 

 

For Complete Workflow Color Management


 

 

 
 

Get the Whole Truth!

SpyderSTUDIO is a complete color calibration solution designed for photographers who need the highest level of color control in the studio and flexibility in post-production.

It provides everything you need from shoot, to edit, to print for the utmost in accuracy and color management. Consider this your digital darkroom that brings you easy-to-use, full-featured, photographer-oriented solutions for your digital workflow. With solutions from RAW camera calibration to quick and easy custom ICC printer profiles, you'll get real-world colors you can rely on.

From start to finish, SpyderSTUDIO brings you the results professional studios require and the ease-of-use that serious photographers demand.

Designed for Professional Photographers, Production Studios, and Professional Users of all kinds.

 

The SpyderSTUDIO includes three of photographers' favorite and most essential tools:

  • Spyder4Elite
  • SpyderPRINT
  • SpyderCube

 

 

 

 

   

One Stop to Picture Perfect!

SpyderHD is designed to color manage photo and video workflows, from scene, camera and editing, to final output on all display types. 

SpyderHD includes the new Spyder4ELITE HD integrated display calibration application; the first application of its kind, with calibration functions for computer displays, video reference displays, and TVs in a single application.

SpyderHD also includes the innovative SpyderWEB, a universal mounting system that securely mounts the Spyder for calibration of most screens up to 70”.

In addition, capture scene white balance and exposure data anywhere you shoot with SpyderCUBE and match and custom calibrate your cameras with SpyderCHECKR, also ideal for setting in-camera white balance. Control color and density from scene, to camera, to editing, to final output; for consistent, superb color.

Designed for Advanced and Professional Photographers and Videographers.

 

The SpyderHD includes:

  • Spyder4Elite HD
  • SpyderCube
  • SpyderCheckR
  • SpyderWeb

 

For Home Theatre


 

The high-definition screen and software tool that greatly improves vibrancy and visibility for optimal screen viewing. TV-watching, computer-viewing, and gaming becomes more realistic with incredible highlight and shadow detail.

 

 

For Mobile Solutions

 

Professional picture viewing, wherever you are

Tablet color can be attractive, but lacking in accuracy and consistency. The Datacolor SpyderGallery™ was designed to help photographers manage the color output on the iPad® display. This app provides an easy-to-use program to calibrate the display and assure that colors are consistent throughout the entire workflow process. Just download the free app from the iTunes iOS App Store® and follow the simple instructions to download SpyderGallery™ to your desktop and iPad®.

Datacolor is the first to provide a complete calibration solution to improve the color on your iPad® device. Use your Spyder3 product to calibrate the iPad®, and SpyderGallery™ to view your images using your custom iPad® color profile. Then relax - you now have consistent color throughout your entire photo gallery!

Designed for:
Professional photographers, photo studios and anyone serious about their photo displays. 

 

Features & Benefits:

  • World's first custom calibrated viewing on your tablet device.
  • Easy to use calibration utility for Mac® and Windows®.
  • Color corrected viewing from your standard photo library albums.
  • Provides confidence in knowing your display is accurate for all photos.
  • Free SpyderGallery™ for iPad® app can be downloaded from the iOS App Store®.

» Download SpyderGallery™ User Guide

 

Additional Resources

» What is Color Management? Read all about color management in the all-new FREE Spyder eBook
» Download the Spyder Family Brochure
» Choosing the Right Spyder
» For more useful articles and spotlight on Datacolor's Friends with Vision, visit the new SpyderBLOG
» What is Printer Profiling?
» How to Print Correctly with Photoshop
» How to Print Correctly with Lightroom
» Adobe Photoshop Recommended Color Settings

 

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