Join Joe Brady for an in-depth discussion in this video Profiling an iOS or Android device, part of Advanced Color Workflows for Photographers.
Profiling an iOS or Android device is very simple, you just need to download this free app called Color True and what we want to do is create a profile. Now, for an Apple or iOS device, it looks on a wireless network for a computer having your measurement device connected to it. In our case, we're going to use an i1Display Pro. And you can see through the wireless network it has found the device. Which was clicked on next. So the software sees the device, and it's asking us to flip over the diffuser so that the lens becomes clear.
So we flip that over, then it tells us, hang the device over top of the iPad. Once the software sees the device it takes off and it starts measuring all the different colors that it's going to need to create a profile for the Color True app. This'll take a little while, five minutes or so. But the device is going to measure all the colors and all the tones that it needs to create a great profile for the iPad So, it tells us, congratulations, we now have a calibrated iPad. Now, understand, that these devices don't have a system wide color management. It has to be handled by the app.
So, that's why we need to go into our Image Gallery. You may have your images all over the place on your device. What the Color True app does is it finds your images and brings them in automatically for you. You can then click on them and check to see the color both calibrated and uncalibrated. So, if we look at this image calibrated, here's the Uncalibrated button. And you can see the sky changes color and the shadows change. So we are now looking at a calibrated image. In the future, more apps may become color aware, but for the time being, you need to view your images through the Color True app, so you can see the real true tonality and color of your image.
So, here's the calibrated image. We look at the uncalibrated, and the image has gotten warmer and more contrasting. Now, you may or may not like this, but it is not reflecting the actual data in the file. The image you're going to be showing to your clients shows the true tonality and color depth of the image. Next, were going to calibrate an Android device. Very similar process, the difference is that the device is actually going to plug directly into the Android and does not require a laptop on the same wireless network to be used. Calibrating an Android device is very similar to an iPad with one exception.
You need an adapter plug like this, this is a USB to micro USB adapter, and this allows you to plug the measuring device directly into the device you're going to calibrate. The software will then take a look to see that it actually finds the measurement device, and once it does, it will cue you on what to do. And it sees the i1Display Pro here. The same one we were using for our iPad. Click on Next. And it instructs you again to remove the diffusing dome, and then place it over top of the Android device. The measurement at this point is exactly the same as we saw with the iPad.
And the results are the same, you get to see your calibrated and uncalibrated folders of your images. We won't go through the same process here, we'll just go through its battery of colors, which will take about five minutes, and when it's done it will tell you have a calibrated device. You can then view all of your image galleries and your albums right through the color true application. With the device on the surface of the Android, it will read all the colors just like we saw on the iPad, and take about five minutes to go through the complete battery. When it's done, it will cue you in that the device has been calibrated. And you can view all of your images in your albums and galleries through the Color True app and see them in their calibrated state.
In this course, Joe Brady builds on his Color Management Fundamentals course, focusing on color-management issues of specific interest to photographers. After a review of digital-color concepts, the course explores creating color profiles for each device in the digital photography workflow, from monitor to printer, to camera. Joe demonstrates the tools and techniques behind color profiling, even covering tablets—ideal for photographers using iPads or Android tablets as wireless remote controls.
- What gear can and should be profiled?
- Comparing color spaces
- Choosing a monitor
- Profiling your monitor
- Paper-profiling devices
- Profiling iOS and Android devices
- Soft proofing