June 15, 2022

X-Rite i1 Pro

  • Supported instruments: i1Pro, i1Pro UV, i1Pro 2, i1Pro 3, i1Pro3 Plus
  • Modes: Spot, Scan
  • M-Condition supported: M0, M1, M2, M3 (depending on the instrument)
  • Inspectors: Print, Instrument, Lighting, Color, Substrate

 To learn more about the differences between instruments please consult the X-Rite document.


Features and unique benefits:

  1. Any Direction - the user may start scanning in the normal or opposite direction
  2. Bar-code support for Scanning Template selection and description.
  3. When working with CC Capture it is possible to scan control strips with patches from various color spaces RGB, CMYK, Hi-Fi, ECG, Lab, and Spot. 
  4. With CC Capture i1 Pro instruments support special patches slurring/doubling, DUD, and others
  5. with Substrate Black&White backer advanced substrate measurements including opacity. 


Basic principles:

  1. The user has to start scanning before the first patch and end after the last one(start and end on white).
  2. When scan mode Some M-condition requires DualScan
  3. A Zebra ruler is required for the scan in DualScan mode (i1Pro 2 and 3)
  4. Always when measuring non-opaque materials use the backer.
  5. Don't try to break the scanning length limitation - the max value for a number of patches is 28. It is forbidden by the manufacturer. 



  1. Track your instrument with Instrument Inspector T-42 Target frequently.
  2. ChromaChecker Backer is strongly recommended - Errors caused by improper backing might be more than ∆E00=2 (tested on EPSON Standard Proofing Paper 205)
  3. The Calibration Standard (ceramic plaque) and optical path have to be clean.
  4. Launch X-Rite i1Diagnostic (free utility) to check Instrument and perform lamp restore procedure at least semi-yearly.
  5. Make sure that your USB socket delivers enough power and you are using a high-quality connection cable.
  6. Be sure that environmental conditions (RHT) are in the recommended range. uSe RHT-USB to track parameters
  7. Mark on your zebra ruler where your start and endpoint are - that prevent scan mismatch




Instrument Limitation:

  • Light measurements made with i1Pro Instruments are only partially according to ISO-3664 specifications. However, only a few, very expensive instruments on the market are fully covering restrictive requirements.  
  • Some OEM versions like EFI ES-1000, EFI ES-2000, EFI ES-3000 - have some hardware limitations and do not offer the same functionality. 


CC Capture Limitation

Some test forms have similar patch colors close to one another, and the i1Pro 1 cannot always understand the differences between the colors. Therefore we recommend i1Pro 1 be updated to i1Pro2 or i1Pro3.



Video tutorials: How to use  i1Pro 

Please watch the attached video tutorials to learn how easy is to use i1Pro with CC Capture.  







  • This tutorial shows you how easy it is to measure color bars using Chromachecker Capture software using an i1 instrument. ChromaChecker supports all color bars, all presses, and all instruments making it the optimal system for color quality control checking, correction, and reporting.

  • This tutorial shows you how an operator can create a Substrate Library. Substrate is the 5th color in printing so ensuring consistent substrate properties is one of the key areas for ensuring consistent results.

  • This tutorial shows how to take a light reading using an i1Pro. Measures are uploaded automatically to ChromaChecker to ensure your viewing conditions are within the defined tolerance. This reporting is an essential part of ISO compliance for lighting.

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