A problem that designers frequently encounter is the reproduction of colors on the screen compared to the printed results or compared to a PANTONE color chart for example.
The big question is:
I see a color on my screen, but how can I describe it to my interlocutor ?
In my visits to clients, I have found that creatives draw patterns based on the colors displayed on their screens (Macs are not usually calibrated).
Once they get their colors they have all the pains to tell their printer what colors they want because the colors that appear on the screen do not match the RGB or CMYK colors in their file.
So what do they do? he uses a PANTONE color chart and they try to find the closest PANTONE shade by comparing the paper color chart with their screen ...
With Coraye, we have another solution:
Measure the color with a spectrophotometer and send the values or the measurement file to your correspondent.
Although this method seemed "surprising" to me at first glance, it proved to be an effective solution in practice.
To illustrate this demonstration, we used Adobe Illustrator, then we created a mini color chart.
Then we measured the colors displayed on the screen with an XRite I1 Pro 2 spectrophotometer in Emission mode with the Coraye software.
NB: A Konica Minolta MYIRO spectrophotometer or another I1 Pro could very well do the trick too.
We can measure all the colors of our mini color chart displayed on the screen with Coraye's Color Capture function.
NB : The use of the color capture module is explained in the tutorial:
For example, we will choose The first sample corresponding to PANTONE ORANGE 021 C.
In the left column (Image below) we can visualize the exact values of the color measured by the spectrophotometer on the screen:
L = 79.47 a = 58.12 b = 91.45
Now all you have to do is communicate these Lab values directly or, for the unconditional ones of the pantonier, carry out a color search with the Coraye software to quickly find the closest color among the colors of your favorite color chart.
Then you just have to communicate to your printer the color of your color chart which corresponds to the color you obtained on your screen.
But be careful, comparing a printed sample with a color displayed on the screen requires certain rules to be observed:
- In order for the screen to be able to reproduce faithful colors, it must be calibrated and it must be avoided in a room that is too bright.
- To visualize the samples to be compared with the screen, they must be sufficiently illuminated, so this requires a light booth. Comparing the samples directly on the screen is a false good idea.
In summary, Coraye allows you to faithfully communicate colors to avoid getting into situations like this:
For more information, visit the website www.coraye.com
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