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Palette Master Element vs. Paper Color Sync

When Do You Need Them on a BenQ PhotoVue Photographer Monitor?

BenQ Color Technology Lab
2020/11/16

Palette Master Element and Paper Color Sync are software designed to facilitate the workflow of photographers. With them, color management on a BenQ PhotoVue Photographer monitor is made simple. Let’s find out when and how to use them to make the most of your BenQ professional photographer monitor.

Color management makes the most of your professional color-accurate monitor for both professional as well as hobbyist applications. What color management aims to do is to utilize consistent color conversion between color representations and obtain a good match across various devices. To make this happen, color calibration on your monitor and output quality controls on connected devices is essential. That’s where BenQ comes in to offer software for simplified color management and the results are Palette Master Element and Paper Color Sync. Palette Master Element is what you can use to calibrate your monitor to the conditions you want and then use applications like Photoshop or Lightroom to further customize color settings to your needs. Paper Color Sync is designed as the software solution to walk through the customizable color setting workflow with convenience.

Palette Master Element for Color Calibration

Color calibration is always essential since a monitor will inevitably face reduced brightness and color shift after continued use. There are two kinds of color calibration: hardware and software. Hardware calibration thoroughly adjusts internal display parameters and LUTs (look-up tables) on a much deeper level than software adjustments. Monitor parameters and LUTs are more complex than graphics card parameters, and so monitor hardware calibration takes considerably longer than software calibration.

BenQ has integrated many complex settings into one simple and intuitive user interface. With Palette Master Element, users can thus hardware calibrate their monitor in just a few steps and also get accurate color results. Additionally, Palette Master Element fully supports major colorimeter manufacturers X-Rite and Datacolor, so fine-tuning the color engine on BenQ PhotoVue monitors is made easy.

Paper Color Sync Accurately Previews Final Printouts

In a photographer’s workflow, besides color calibration, the ultimate goal for color management is to obtain consistent color output. Simply put, photographers just want photographs to show the “right” colors, so hardcopy prints remain consistent with what they see on the screen.

BenQ proprietary software Paper Color Sync is designed to simulate final print results. By syncing with retouching applications such as Photoshop or Lightroom, users can edit photos quickly and accurately by uploading the photo, printer model, and paper type get an on-screen preview which faithfully previews the final color output. Therefore, there’s no need to go through a frustrating check-and-print process.

Which Software Comes First?

Judging from the photographer’s workflow, users would probably wonder if running Palette Master Element is a must before using Paper Color Sync. The answer is a simple “no.” Palette Master Element is in charge of color calibration and it’s highly recommended that you run it on a biweekly basis to maintain color accuracy. As for Paper Color Sync, use it when you need to preview printing results for screen-to-print color accuracy in a few steps. It’s not necessary to run Palette Master Element before using Paper Color Sync, though it’s recommended.

With Palette Master Element and Paper Color Sync, BenQ ensures that photographers have great experiences with color management.

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