This guide introduces the usage of the X-Rite i1 Pro portable spectrophotometer in combination with neoStampa Calibration Wizard. The full process of Calibration Wizard is described in the Calibration Wizard knowledge base.
Support for X-Rite:
- i1 Pro®
- i1 Pro2®
- i1 Pro3®
- i1 Pro3 Plus®
Windows will try to automatically install the device driver when this is connected to the computer and switched on. If you have trouble with the automated installation of the driver, follow the description below.
Connect the device to the computer using the supplied USB cable.
Open Control Panel | Device Manager. In the list, open Other devices and select eye-one.
Click right and select Update driver / Update Driver Software…
From the new window chose to Browse my computer for driver software to locate the driver.
Browse to and select C:\Program Files\Inedit\neoStampa 10\required\i1Pro. Click on Next to continue.
The installation of the driver starts and when is completed, click on Close.
In case this step fails, access the root folder 'i1Pro' and start driver installation with an embedded .exe file.
Configuration in Calibration Wizard
Start Calibration Wizard. Click on Configure… bottom of the window.
Select the i1 Pro device from the list.
Below the device list, select Illuminant (D65 or D50) and Observer (2 or 10). The standard settings are D50/2 and D65/10.
On the right you have more options to select:
- Use Transparency mode if the light for the reading comes from below.
- The Manual mode is useful when your media is very rough or if you consider it necessary.
- Zebra ruler prints no lines between patches as the ruler in the support makes this function.
- If you need to use UV-Filter enable the option. To be sure whether to use it, make a Test... If the "b" value is lower than -4, then use the UV Filter.
Start the Calibration as usual until the point to measure printed Single Ink Cut chart, Linearization chart, and Printer profiling target chart.
Single Ink Cut/Linearization chart measurement
Print the charts as Calibration Wizard requires in the manual.
Press the Measure… button to read the chart. It opens the measurement dialog. Before starting to use the device, it must be calibrated.
Place the device on its white reference calibration plate and click on the Ok button to make the action.
The device is equipped with light indicators on its top housing, that provides feedback on the status of the device.
- Lights off. The device is either not connected to your computer.
- Solid white. The device is connected but needs calibration.
- Pulsating white. The device is connected and ready for measurement.
- Solid red. The calibration of the device failed due to a hardware problem. To avoid interference of the device status indicators with the measurement process, the device status indicators are switched off during the measurement.
- Pulsating yellow. The device needs to be reset. The device reset can be performed on neoStampa as a regular white point calibration prior to measurements. If the problem persists, run a diagnosis on the device with the i1 Diagnostics application.
When device calibration is completed, the reading of the measurement can start.
Position the ruler with the device on the media in front of row #1 of your chart. It does not matter if you scan the row from left to right or right to left. Press the measurement button on the device and wait one second before you start moving the device to the opposite side of the ruler. Hold the measurement button pressed until you have reached the far end of your test chart. If you release the button before you reached the measurement of the full line, repeat from the beginning.
The status indicators on the device provide feedback if the measurement was successful: (2x green flash) the row was measured successfully. (2x red flash) the row was not measured successfully because not all patches could be recognized. Measure the row again, but reduce your measurement speed and make sure that the device starts and ends the measurement before and after the patches of the chart. (4x red flash) the row was not measured successfully because you started reading the patches too early without giving the tungsten filament lamp enough time to warm up. Measure the row again but allow the lamp time to heat up before you start moving the i1Pro device.
Position the ruler with the device in front of the next row of your test chart and measure the next row.
Simultaneously in Calibration Wizard, the lines are completed with each measures line. When done, click on OK in the measurement dialog and continue with the calibration until you reach the printed profiler target chart.
Profiler target chart measurement
Print the charts as Calibration Wizard requires in the manual. Once again repeat the device calibration as described above.
At the Printer Profiling step of the Calibration Wizard choose the target you need, from Very Large to Small, according to the device. Proceed to print the target with Print... and prepare the media if you need to, as for example washing and steaming.
Press the Measure… button to read the chart. It opens the measurement dialog and is ready to be measured. Remember to calibrate the device as described above before starting the measurement.
As seen above, position the ruler with the device on the media in front of row #1 of your chart. Lower the device to the target base and hold steady until the measurement is complete. When the last patch is passed release the device.
If you chose to use the UV Filter, in the target's reading you will read the lines forwards and backward.
To measure Fluorescent inks we use a bidirectional measurement scan modus.
Simultaneously in Calibration Wizard, the lines are completed with each measures line. When done, click on OK in the measurement dialog and finish the calibration.