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February 2007
Congratulations to Tom S. from Denver, CO for winning an iPod nano in our software survey.
In support of Polar Bears International, we have teamed up with Lowepro and Outdoor Photographer to invite readers to submit their best photos for a chance to win the Grand Prize and have their photo published in Outdoor Photographer.

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Learn The Ins And Outs Of Color Calibration
One of the greatest advantages of digital photography is how it provides us complete control over our images. However, that can also cause one of its greatest challenges, like matching what we see on the monitor to what is produced in the final print. Discover how ColorVision products can help you produce the best results from your favorite digital photographs.

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If you have any comments - good or bad - I'd like to hear them. Please don't hesitate to email me directly

Krista Behrend, Digital Imaging Product Manager

ColorVision Transition Nearly Complete

The New Year brings big changes for our ColorVision line of products. You may have noticed our logo has changed over the last year from ColorVision to a co branded ColorVision | Datacolor logo. Over the next year, this co-brand will transition to the Datacolor logo.

Yesterday Today Tomorrow

ColorVision was founded in 2000 when Datacolor purchased three technology companies with a goal to produce exceptionally accurate - yet affordable - color calibration solutions for photographers and creative professionals. Since that time, ColorVision sales and Spyder brand reputation have grown from white paper to a major player and innovator in the color management arena. ColorVision has always operated as an autonomous division of Datacolor sharing the development resources, manufacturing facilities, color technology excellence, and global infrastructure of this $70 Million corporation. It is a structure that has allowed ColorVision to focus on serving the current needs of our customers and still be able to make significant investments for new products and services for the future.

This best-of-both worlds structure will remain in place as we migrate to the Datacolor logo and business will continue as usual. Our strategic vision, customer relationships, personnel, operations, and commitment to our products and customers will remain in place while the strength of the Datacolor brand supports our continued growth.

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PrintFIX PRO Suite receives DiGi Award for "Best Color Management Product"

PrintFIX PRO Suite™ has been awarded as the "Best Color Management Product" by the Chilli Media publication, "DiGi" in Hong Kong.

Is that recalibration warning driving you crazy?
How do I disable the Spyder2PRO™ Recalibration Warning?

It's simple. Just launch Spyder2express™/Spyder2 Suite™/Spyder2PRO™ software. Click on Spyder2->Preferences and select Never in the Recalibration Warning drop-down menu. Visit our online Support Center for any other questions you may have.

Expert Advice
Multiple Monitor Matching with Spyder2PRO™

One of our most frequently asked questions is how to match multiple monitors. There are several types of monitor matching. The most basic distinction is between RELATIVE monitor matching and ABSOLUTE monitor matching. Relative matching usually means to calibrate two monitors to the same standard, for similar lighting conditions, but in more extreme cases can involve intentionally calibrating to different standards, due to different ambient lighting...
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Photoshop Tip of the Month
Say Goodbye to Gradient Banding

If you've printed an image with a gradient in it, you're probably familiar with banding (a visible line where one color ends and the next starts, like bands of color, instead of a smooth transition from one color to the next). There's a very popular tip for getting rid of banding that's very effective for high-resolution imaging. Open the image in Photoshop and go under the Filter menu, under Noise, and choose Add Noise. When the Add Noise dialog appears, for Amount enter 2, for Distribution choose Gaussian, turn on the Monochromatic checkbox, and then click OK. You'll see a little bit of this noise when viewing the image onscreen, but when printed at high resolution, the noise disappears and hides the banding. We add noise to every gradient we create for just that reason.

2nd Uniross Smart Photography Awards 2007 announced Spyder2express "Best Color Management System" of the year!

New Delhi, January 10: The 2nd Uniross Smart Photography Awards 2007 were announced in an exciting function in New Delhi in the presence of the top people of the Imaging industry. The awards were an apt culmination to the Digital Imaging & Technology 2007, an exhibition that showcased the best of digital photography and its convergence with technology at Pragati Maidan from January 5-8. The awards were given away in a glittering function at the Intercontinental Grand, New Delhi, with exciting performances by Deepak Raja of The Great Indian Laughter Challenge fame, Sonia Arora & her dance troop, and singer Shibani Kashyap.

General Manager Charles Lee accepts the award

Smart Photography is edited by Mr. Hoshang Billimoria, CEO, Next Gen Publishing Ltd. who is an avid photo enthusiast himself and is assisted by a team of experienced writers in photography. Smart Photography, the premier magazine launched by Next Gen Publishing Ltd. has become India 's No.1 imaging magazine within just nine months of its launch. Moving ahead of several other photo magazines, not only is Smart Photography the largest in terms of circulation and readership, but is also the largest in terms of the number of pages per issue and advertisers patronizing the magazine.

©2007 Datacolor. Datacolor, ColorVision and other Datacolor product trademarks are the property of Datacolor.

ColorVision Transition Nearly Complete