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How to calibrate Eizo ColorEdge monitor with ColorNavigator?

Published on March 14, 2020   |  Updated on June 4, 2020


Eizo's ColorEdge series of displays are renowned for being excellent photo editing or video editing displays - who said the best?! - but, like all screens, they need to be calibrated and then characterized. To optimize their calibration, Eizo has created special software that will allow you not only to perform hardware calibration but also to use the built-in colorimeter or your own X-Rite or Datacolor colorimeter. This is called ColorNavigator.

ColorNavigator is a calibration software for the Eizo ColorEdge series and it would be a mistake not to use it because it has three outstanding qualities: it is fast, very accurate (neutral and qualitative) and it allows you to change calibration (i.e. target values) very quickly thanks to the so-called hardware calibration. Here is how it works.


Coming soon... My ColorNavigator guide

The complete ColorNavigator guide by Arnaud FrichThis comprehensive practical guide to ColorNavigator will help you use it to best calibrate your monitor (settings, choice of target values, etc.) according to the work in progress and make full use of all the benefits of hardware calibration - Coming soon...



In a few words...





If you've bought an Eizo ColorEdge, you want the best - calibrate it with ColorNavigator! Plus, your screen will be more convenient to use - Read my conclusion  




Installing ColorNavigator in another language

We will start by downloading ColorNavigator in its latest version and install the French version and then we will activate the DUE (Screen Uniformity) function.

1 - Download the software + the language pack


Download the latest version of ColorNavigator from Eizo

ColorNavigator software is available free of charge for MAC OS and WINDOWS. It can only work if you have an X-Rite colorimeter (i1Display Pro / Plus), a spectrophotometer of the same brand (i1 Studio or i1 Photo Pro) or a recent Datacolor colorimeter (SpyderX) or if you have an Eizo ColorEdge display with built-in sensor - Download ColorNavigator 7.0 for Mac and PC (May 2020) (ColorNavigator 7.0 is compatible with Mac OS Catalina.) and download the language pack (ZIP format): it is called ColorNavigator 7 languages Pack



2 - Activate the DUE ( Panel Uniformity ) function :

All Eizo ColorEdge monitors are measured at the factory. A map of their residual uniformity defects is then created. This map is then injected into each display and a certificate added to the packaging carton attests to this. This makes all Eizo ColorEdge displays appear to be particularly homogeneous (something that their measurement during their test never fails to verify!). This "option", which many of us will use by default, activates a matrix filter that reduces the maximum brightness your display can display. On the Eizo CS2731, this "drops" from 400 to 250 cd/m2. This is obviously enough for photo use, but may be a limit for video use. This uniformity control function called DUE can only be changed in ColorNavigator and not directly on the screen. It can be found in the "Monitor settings > DUE priority" menu on the main ColorNavigator window.

Eizo DUE function for Eizo displays activated in ColorNavigator

This opens a new window:


Choose "Uniformity", which is recommended by Eizo and selected by default. If you choose "Brightness" you will access the maximum brightness of your screen but without the DUE function.


Creation of your targets in ColorNavigator

Vocabulary note - ColorNavigator allows you to perform what is called hardware calibration. What is a hardware calibration? It is a calibration that completely controls many monitor parameters at the time of calibration (brightness, contrast, gamma, etc) but also allows the ICC profile generated during calibration to be placed directly on the monitor, not just on your graphics card. This offers two main practical advantages. First, because the ICC profile is part of the monitor (installed in its Look up table), it is possible to install the monitor on a different computer than the one that calibrated it. This is very practical in graphics companies because it is no longer necessary to install the calibration software on each computer (imagine with 100 monitors to be calibrated!). Secondly, it becomes a piece of cake to change the monitor's ICC profile and its calibration to calibrate it with two or three different settings (different targets) which also implies changing brightness, gamut, contrast sometimes but for that, you have to leave it on the computer that calibrated it (And yes, nothing is perfect!) - Read my page dedicated to hardware calibration... soon

1 - ColorNavigator target management

In the left column of the ColorNavigator main window, the Color Mode column, you can choose from several predefined targets (Custom, Paper, Adobe RGB, sRGB, etc.) or use your own, (CAL1, CAL2, etc.) but you must have created them first. When you click on a mode in the left column, you see its target values in the right column and activate it in passing.

chosing the target in ColorNavigator

2 - Create your own calibration / calibration targets


To be read - How to calibrate your monitor and choose the target values?


a) Open the "Monitor Settings > Target Management..." menu.


Target management in ColorNavigator

This opens a new "target" window:

ColorNavigator target windows

b) Click on the "Add Target" button at the bottom left and click on the "Create New Target..." menu.

Creating a new target in ColorNavigator

This opens a new window


Manually entering a new target in ColorNavigator

c) We can see that it is possible to choose among 4 options:

  • Enter the target values manually
  • Adjust the colors to the white of the paper
  • Adapt to color standards
  • Match colors with another display device.

d) We will look at the first option on this page and manually choose the target values for our new target. The other options will be detailed in my complete ColorNavigator guide to be published soon. Click on the arrow in the bottom right corner. This will open a new window that looks like this:


Create a new target in ColorNavigator


e) Name the target: for the moment and if you do not change the name of this new target it will be called "Your target".


ColorNavigator color mode type


Next, pull down the "Color Mode Type" menu and choose "Advanced". Go to the paragraph below.

f) § Brightness: choose the luminance of the calibration :

Choose the luminance of the target in ColorNavigator

Personally, I chose a versatile value of 90 cd/m2 for my different uses because I retouch a lot of photos for the web but sometimes I do retouching for printing. I adapted this poorly cut rating to my light environment which is rather controlled -


To be read - How to calibrate your monitor and choose the target values?


g) § Black level:
choose "Minimum" if you want a maximum contrast, i.e. the deepest blacks that your screen can display and a higher value if you want to have a precise contrast, for example if you print, because you know the Dmax of your paper.

Explanatory note - E.g.: if your paper has a Dmax of 2.48 your screen must have a contrast of 300 : 1 (DMax = log10 of 300). Now if your contrast is 300 : 1 and your maximum luminance is 90 cd/m2 in our example then the black level must be 90 / 300 = 0.3 cd/m2 so today a value significantly higher than the black level of all the screens I have been testing for two years. It is thus necessary to choose this value in the field "Manual entry" and not to leave "Minimum".


Choose the black level of the target in ColorNavigator

h) § The white point - In the vast majority of cases you will choose "6500K" for multi-purpose use:


Choose the white point of the target in ColorNavigator


i) § Gamma - Most often you will choose: 2,2 and I invite you to try L* if you create a "Print" target, it is a real advantage again of ColorNavigator :

Choose the gamma of the target in ColorNavigator...


j) § Calibration priority - Leave "Standard" which is an excellent compromise.


k) § Gamut - Leave native in order to use the maximum gamut of your screen because choosing Adobe RGB on a wide gamut screen may cause you to lose a few percentages as it is not uncommon to see wide gamut screens exceeding this color space very slightly.

Choosing the target gamut in ColorNavigator

My advice under Windows!
If you are on a PC and you work mainly for the Web, you might be tempted to choose the sRGB color space. Windows icons would find their saturation in the process because Windows 10 does ALWAYS NOT integrate a complete color management in its operating system!

l) § ICC profile policy - This strange title refers to the fact that if you choose "At each calibration" you will inject the ICC profile directly into the Look Up Table (LUT) of your monitor but also into your computer unlike "Use a specified profile" where the profile will only be injected on your computer (that said it's a lesser evil!).

ICC profile policy


m) § Click OK to complete the process.

New target in ColorNavigator

Click on "Finish". The previous window - the target window - reappears and you see your new target in the column on the left:

new target in ColorNavigator

Close the window to return to the main window.



Calibrate the Eizo display and use the new target

We will now calibrate (i.e. calibrate/characterize) our Eizo first using our new target and then see how to use it.

Start hardware calibration

To start a calibration with your new target, click on the drop-down menu at the top right (1) to choose your target (2) and before starting "calibration / characterization" (3) :

Choose the target before calibration in ColorNavigator


This opens a new window that will first ask you to choose the colorimeter or spectrophotometer you wish to use... If you have more than one connected or if you have an Eizo ColorEdge with a built-in colorimeter.



Which sensors does ColorNavigator 7 work with?


ColorNavigator 7 works with the following X-Rite and Datacolor colorimeters:

  • X-Rite i1Display Pro and Pro PLUS
  • Datacolor Spyder5 and SpyderX

It also works with the following X-Rite spectrophotometers:

  • i1 Photo Pro 2 and 3
  • ColorMunki Photo
  • i1 Studio

The complete list is available on the Eizo website



Note for Windows + Colormunki Photo or i1 Studio - If you have already installed i1Profiler then your spectrophotometer will not be recognized. You MUST then uninstall X-Rite Device Services software from the Windows 10 Control Panel / Applications. I know, it's a pain if you need this software elsewhere. You are supposed to be able to just temporarily disable it but I have not been able to do this and yet I know where to do it .

If you are using an X-Rite i1Display Pro colorimeter like the one shown here, simply follow the instructions for opening its cover/diffuser and click next.


Detecting the colorimeter in ColorNavigator


Place your colorimeter on the screen where indicated and start calibration. When calibration is complete, a new window appears:

calibration complete with ColorNavigator


Click Finish to return to the previous page which may ask you if you want to start a validation/quality control process of your screen.

Using the predefined target (CAL1, CAL2, etc.)

Everything will now happen on your screen or in the main ColorNavigator window. You will be able to choose your target, whether it is "predefined" or "attached" to a CAL called "CAL1, CAL2, etc." directly from its OSD menu, if any. Note that this is more convenient as there will be no need to open ColorNavigator. Each CAL has a different video input (one cable) attached to it. On my Eizo CS240, the CAL 2 is associated with my DisplayPort input.

1 - Choose a predefined calibration mode or a CAL attached to one of your target values

To do this, click on the "Mode" button at the bottom of the screen. There, you can choose from the list either a predefined target or one of your targets registered in one of the available CALs.

Practical note! Depending on the age of your Eizo ColorEdge screen, you will have access to more or less CALs. On my Eizo CS240, I have three CALs as shown in the picture below, while there are seven on the latest Eizo CS2731 :


Eizo ColorEdge Display Mode Button


There are as many CALs as there are video inputs on your monitor (at a minimum because you can add more later in ColorNavigator). One CAL is assigned per video input, so in the case of my Eizo CS240 this is how CALs are assigned by default (but it is possible to change all this later - (I'll explain how in my forthcoming comprehensive guide):

  • CAL1 : DVI jack
  • CAL2: DisplayPort socket
  • CAL3: HDMI jack

You will have deduced that I use a DisplayPort cable!

Note about CAL1, CAL2, etc. - If by default a CAL is assigned to a video input, this time in ColorNavigator you can make many CAL / target reassignments.

2 - How to change calibration (ICC profile) "easily" with a hardware calibration ?

Reminder! I remind you that when you change the calibration you change the ICC profile but also the calibration. Changing the ICC profile with a "classic" calibration is painful because not only do you have to change the ICC profile in the display preferences of your computer for Photoshop to take it into account, but also change the calibration "physically" on your screen (Brightness, gamut, contrast, etc.). With a hardware calibration it's much easier because when you run a calibration in CAL mode, you have entered calibration values for your monitor as well as colorimetric characteristic values into your target. So, when you choose to calibrate your screen by aiming at another target (for example to switch from Adobe RGB / 80 cd/m2 / contrast 300 : 1 to sRGB / 120 cd/m2 with maximum contrast, you just have to choose a new calibration (CAL1, 2, etc.) by choosing your target in your favorites menu below :

Choosing your calibration target in ColorNavigator

A few seconds later, your display will change accordingly. It is therefore extremely simple to switch from one calibration to another...

You are now ready for a hundred hours (between 50 and 500 hours depending on your preferences), until the next calibration which will be notified to you by a notification if you have activated them :


ColorNavigator calibration notification


Coming soon... My ColorNavigator User-Guide

The complete ColorNavigator guide by Arnaud FrichThis comprehensive practical guide to ColorNavigator will help you use it to best calibrate your monitor (settings, choice of target values, etc.) according to the work in progress and make full use of all the benefits of hardware calibration - Coming soon...




To remember!


  • If you have an Eizo ColorEdge monitor, you can use ColorNavigator for free and it's the best!
  • Create your own targets in CAL1, CAL2, etc. and enjoy the joys of hardware calibration!
Through these 6 pages of advice and my 12 complete colorimeter review, I will help you to calibrate your desktop or laptop screens, your iMac or your tablets, with or without a calibration sensor...
- Calibrate your monitor

- Why calibrate your monitor?
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- Special cases

- Calibrate your screen without a sensor under Windows
- Calibrate your display without a sensor under Mac OS
- Calibrating iMac and iMac Pro
- Calibrating laptops
- Calibrate tablets and smartphones

- Calibrating an Eizo ColorEdge monitor with ColorNavigator - 6 / 6

1 - Installing ColorNavigator
2 - Creating new targets
3 - Use a target value (CAL1, CAL2, etc.)
4 - What to remember...


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- 2020 Buying Guide for Monitors


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