Your guide to the latest changes to Adobe VIP

Your guide to the latest changes to Adobe VIP

Earlier in March, Adobe made some changes to their Value Incentive Programme (VIP). But how do these updates affect you, dear Adobe user? As well as lowering the discount thresholds, Adobe also lowered the entry point for VIP Select status. 

VIP discount levels – old v new
Old (ended 4th March)
Discount level Price bands Discount levels Membership status
1 1-49 no discount VIP
2 50-249 2% VIP Select
3 250-999 3% VIP Select
4 1000+ 5% VIP Select
New (5th March onwards)
Discount level Price bands Discount levels Membership status
1 1-9 no discount VIP
2 10-49 5% VIP Select
3 50-99 10% VIP Select
4 100+ 10% VIP Select

As you can see from the table above, it’s now possible to get higher discounts on bulk purchases. Adobe Creative Cloud customers can qualify for the level changes in two ways:

1. Single transaction. When you place an order for a minimum licence quantity in a single transaction, your membership level will automatically be upgraded.

2. ‘Look-back’ at renewal. 31 days before your anniversary, Adobe will ‘look back’ at the total number of licences you purchased during the subscription term and re-level if required.

Just remember – the discount isn’t cumulative. This means incremental purchases (fewer than 10 licences per order) will only be totalled at look-back. Say, for example, you have 40 licences as of 4th March, and subsequently want to add another ten licences. This single transaction will uplift you to tier two, but you won’t be eligible for tier three until the look-back date.

VIP Select membership

Then we have VIP Select – this is a membership status that allows customers to opt for a three year commitment subscription. There are two subscription options for all VIP customers: The first is an annual subscription, which has a one year, upfront pay schedule; the second is an extended term option where you can set the subscription term length up to 36 months. This option is selected at the VIP invitation stage; again it requires payment upfront for the complete term.

VIP Select customers, however, have a third option – the three year commitment. If you go down this route, you’re committing to maintaining a minimum number of licences for three years; in return you get increased discounts, set pricing, and can continue to pay annually (see below).

VIP Select becomes VIP Select with 3 year commit
Level Discount Level Discount
2 5% 12 10%
3 10% 13 15%
4 10% 14 15%

To sign up for this option, you must have VIP Select membership status. When you qualify for VIP Select, you will be sent an email from Adobe with a link to accept the VIP amendment and enrol in the three year commitment.

An important point to note – if you accept the three year commitment, you can’t ‘true down’ to the true number of licences once enrolment is complete. If a three-year licence quantity is not renewed, licences will be returned and the three-year amendment is cancelled, new licences will then need to be purchased.

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Your guide to EIZO: ColorEdge CG, CX and CS series

Your guide to EIZO: ColorEdge CG, CX and CS series

Need a new monitor? Desperate for an accurate display? EIZO’s ColorEdge range are recognised as the top choices for a huge array of professional applications, from photography, design and print, to video and post-production. But with three separate series on offer, how do you know which is right for you? 

Across all the ColorEdge CG, CX and CS lines, there are certain features that are common to all three, making them all great at delivering consistent, predictable and accurate colour, no matter what your level. These features include 10-bit simultaneous colour display, 16-bit LUT, support for hardware calibration, brightness and colour uniformity with DUE technology, and a gamma curve which has been individually adjusted at the EIZO factory. They all also feature a fantastic non-glare IPS panel for more accurate and comfortable working.

Essentially though, you could break the three ranges down into ‘good’, ‘better’ and best’ – the CS series are great for entry level use, the CX displays are more for professional work, and the CG series for very top-end, colour accurate work. Find out more about each below…

The CG series

Go for this if: you need the ultimate in colour accuracy, as well as additional features like a built-in calibrator and hood included.

EIZO CG277 on Jigsaw24

Whether you work in photography, design or video production, the CG series really is the cream of the displays crop. Its colour accuracy makes it ideal for critical photographers and retouchers, as well as designers and architects who need the best colour and texture representation. As the image quality in the CG series surpasses Grade 1 standards, it’s a strong choice for those in broadcast, and it’s become the monitor of choice for top post-production houses too. It’s even perfect for commercial print use as an accurate soft proofing monitor, displaying the Fogra colour space and other print standards.

Key features of the CG series include 99% Adobe RGB colour space coverage, and a 3D LUT for smooth colour mixing and neutral greys. There are also several preset colour modes you can switch between including REC709, EBU and SMPTE. The CG series also comes with a range of extras like the built-in pop-up calibrator, which eliminates the need for third party calibration hardware, bundled shading hood and ColorNavigator software, and a five year warranty with 12 month pixel defect warranty.

The options:

– EIZO 24″ ColorEdge CG247 self-calibrating IPS display and hood – black.

– EIZO 27″ ColorEdge CG277 self-calibrating IPS display and hood – black.

The CX series

Go for this if: you need a high level of colour accuracy, but not necessarily the precision or extra features you get in the CG series.

EIZO CX271 on Jigsaw24

The CX series is a good shout for photographers and anyone working in design and imaging. They can reproduce 99% of the Adobe RGB colour space, and come with a built-in correction sensor that automatically maintains white point and brightness values. CX displays will also handle architectural simulations, and can even be used for on-set preview, post-production and in broadcast, although the lack of 3D LUT means you’re slightly more limited when it comes to really accurate work.

Other notable features of the CX series include EIZO’s ColorNavigator software bundled in for simple, precise calibration, and a five year warranty for peace of mind.

The options:

– EIZO 24″ ColorEdge CX240 self-calibrating IPS display and hood – black.

– EIZO 24″ ColorEdge CX241 self-calibrating IPS display and hood – black.

– EIZO 27″ ColorEdge CX271 self-calibrating IPS display and hood – black.

The CS series

There are quite a few differences between the CS240 and CS230, so it’s worth looking at each in turn…

Go for the CS240 if: you need an entry-level colour-accurate monitor that can display the majority of Adobe RGB colour space.

The CS240 can reproduce 99% of Adobe RGB, which makes it ideal for serious amateurs or professional photographers who need to balance accuracy with budget. It’s also a strong display for non-critical evaluation in post-production, as well as editing and previewing for on-set video work and broadcast, checking print marketing and the like. The CS240 also comes with ColorNavigator software included, and a five year warranty.

EIZO 24″ ColorEdge CS240 wide gamut IPS display – black.

Go for the CS230 if: you need an entry-level, colour-accurate monitor, but only need to work in the sRGB colour space.

EIZO CS230 on Jigsaw24

The CS230 is similar to the CS240, although without the Adobe RGB coverage. That means it’s more suited for entry-level application where you only need to rely on the sRGB colour space. Having said that, it still gives good colour accuracy, so will be ideal for amateur photographers and home users, as well as less critical reviewing of simulations in design and architecture programs, and some video editing, on-set previewing and broadcast.

Unlike the CS240, the CS230 also comes with a built-in self-correction sensor to maintain white point and brightness values.

– EIZO 23″ ColorEdge CS230 self-calibrating IPS display and hood – black.

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Choosing the right display for design and imaging workflows

Choosing the right display for design and imaging workflows

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a professional or enthusiast, if you use a display for imaging work you need to be confident that what you see on screen will match the final output, be that a print campaign, web image, or anything in between.  

For example, if you’re editing an image in Photoshop, you could be compensating for variations of hues and tones in the display and not the actual image. Choosing the right display is therefore crucial to getting your work looking right first time, cutting out on revisions and mis-matches which could cost both time and money.

EIZO ColorEdge CG276 and NEC SpectraView 271 Reference displays

EIZO ColorEdge CG276 and NEC SpectraView 271 Reference displays

So if you work in design or photography, which display is right for you? As well as giving our top recommendations at the bottom, we’ve also come up with some key features to consider when purchasing a display:

Even brightness

Fluctuations in brightness are common in LCD displays, and this variance could potentially cause a lot of problems. For instance, when looking at an image one side could appear artificially brighter than the other. This can mean that when you edit an image you are compensating for problems in your display’s uniformity rather than the image itself.

Higher end colour critical displays will have features such as digital uniformity equaliser (DUE) technology or Digital Uniformity Control to counterbalance these influences and ensure uniformity and stability over time.

DUE comparison

EIZO DUE illustration

Full tone curve and smooth gradation
If you are viewing an image on a display, you want to be able to see details within shadows and highlights as well as mid tones. Try going into Photoshop and selecting the ‘Info’ window – when you move your mouse over highlights and shadows, can you see the tone change along with the numbers?  Both EIZO and NEC Colour Critical displays guarantee a full tone curve resulting in smooth gradations of colour.
The look up table (LUT) is a key factor in a monitor’s ability to display tonal grades and transitions; a display designed for colour critical applications will have a LUT with a high humber of bits, around 14 or 16, and the best ones will have 3D LUTs that allow an even better mixing of colour.
EIZO CX smooth gradation

EIZO gamma curve illustration

Wide colour gamut
If you’re shooting in RAW or working in Adobe RGB, you should consider a display which has a wide colour gamut as it will be able to reproduce almost the entire Adobe RGB colour space. This allows colours such as rich blues and vibrant greens to be reproduced more faithfully and accurately than on a display with sRGB colour space, which can only reproduce approximately 75% of Adobe RGB.
EIZO CX and Adobe RGB

EIZO colour space comparison

Hardware calibration

With hardware calibration, the adjustments are made directly in the display rather than the graphics card, enabling these displays to produce more accurate calibration results. EIZO’s CG displays come with a built-in calibration sensor, which means they can calibrate automatically and eliminate the need for a third party calibration device.

Hardware warranty

If you are investing in a display then the length and coverage of a warranty is an important consideration. All EIZO displays and the NEC SpectraView Reference displays come with a five year warranty, and some high end displays will also come with a pixel defect warranty (meaning you’re covered for any pixel problems you may have within the warranty period).


Our top display recommendations…

For colour professionals who need the highest level of accuracy

 Ideal for photography, retouching, pre-press and post-production.

We recommend considering a display such as the EIZO ColorEdge CG series or NEC SpectraView Reference. These are the most advanced displays in their line-ups, with the tightest uniformity and colour tolerances, and come with additional features such as 3D LUT, hoods and pixel failure warranties.

For colour professionals and prosumers

Ideal for general design and photography work. 

If you need colour accuracy but don’t need extras like hoods or the tightest tolerances, the EIZO ColorEdge CX series or NEC Spectraview are ideal. They offer excellent quality, high bit LUTs, cover the majority of the RGB colour space and are capable of hardware calibration.

For enthusiasts and users working in sRGB

Ideal for web graphics, photography  captured in sRGB/jpeg, editing video.

If you only need to work in sRGB, the EIZO ColorEdge CS230 offers great performance at a lower cost. It has a 16-Bit LUT, self-calibration sensor, and comes with a five year warranty. And NEC’s P series displays offer great value for money – they cover the majority of the sRGB colour gamut and have IPS panel and Digital Uniformity Control for great imaging performance.

The Jigsaw24 Displays shop

The Jigsaw24 Displays shop

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