Options for Calibrating Cintiq Pro 24
Posted: Thu 26. Mar 2020, 22:41
I ordered a Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 to replace my legacy Cintiq 21UX. My main motivator is that the Pro 24 covers 99% of the Adobe RGB gamut whereas the 21UX covers <80%. So, my set-up will be the Cintiq Pro 24 plus two Dell monitors (U2713H and U2720q) operating in Windows 10. I use an X-Rite i1 Display Pro with the X-Rite/Dell calibration software to calibrate the Dell monitors. My understanding is that X-Rite also worked with Wacom to create a color manager, designed for the Wacom 27 QHD, which also can be used with other Wacom products. However, I read in one Wacom Forum post that "Owners of X-Rite i1PRO2 and i1Pro spectrophotometers can also use this program for display calibration. However, you will not be able to use the Wacom Color Manager software with an X-Rite branded i1Display PRO." One option, apparently, is to buy an X-Rite i1Display Pro for Wacom, nearly identical to the instrument I'm using for the Dell monitors. Another option would be to spring for ~ $1500 for an X-Rite i1Pro/Pro2 spectrophotometer, which, as I understand it, can be used on either the Cintiq or the Dell monitors using the respective X-Rite/Wacom or X-Rite/Dell calibration software. (I always thought a spectrophotometer was used primarily by digital artists who calibrate their monitors to their own printers. I don't do my own printing.) A third option might be to use DisplayCAL. My impression is that DisplayCAL does not address the hardware calibration abilities built in to devices like the Dell monitors or the Cintiq Pro 24, but it does a very good job (e.g., https://imagescience.com.au/knowledge/displaycal). Any thoughts?