November 26, 2021

Color Inspector

Color Inspector

Color Inspector is a unique tool that creates a color bridge between the printing industry and other industries where color reproduction is critical.

Plastics, Textiles, Fabrics, and Paints are typical examples of industries where ChromaChecker Color Inspector will help to communicate and exchange data. Various measurement Instruments, measurement technologies, and conditions make it hard to communicate information about color differences. ChromaChecker's advanced calculation engines can translate measurement data - both spectral or colorimetric and help to improve color matching between various technologies. This is part of what Color Inspector is designed to solve. 

Color Libraries Support.

Color Inspector can import/export and manage Color Libraries. If you have a license for any Library ( e.g. Pantone) you may upload it to the central repository Color Inspector Library and tie it to your quality control program to ensure the accurate color is aligned with the client's expectations. The preferred file format is a CxF (X1, X2, X3, X4) with X4 being the most complete description. 

Basic Features

Color Inspector allows you to compare colors, convert to different color description systems, find color matches in various libraries.

  • Color Inspector provides color detail from the central repository to Print Inspector in order to track the stability of the color reproduction in any printing process.
  • Color Inspector provides reporting for designers, print buyers, and production to evaluate the impact of any given print process used in production.
  • Analyzing the effects of lighting conditions on individual samples and whether the whole color palette (Lighting Inspector)
  • Assessing if based on any profile/print condition selected color can be reproduced (is within gamut)

Assets

This is the repository for color Palettes and Libraries. 

 

Tracking

The tool is dedicated to tracking color with one or more instruments. 

 

Welcome to the Color Inspector 

Currently, the tool works in a limited version. However, it allows you to load and browse libraries that have been saved in CxF format (including CxF / X4). The program allows you to convert different units and also performs basic conversion to the preferences defined in the RBG profile and CMYK along with Roundtrip error calculation.

 

Libraries and Pallets 

Color samples can be organized into groups called Libraries and Pallets.

There is the only logical difference between Library and Pallete. Typically we advise using Libraries to store samples that are master references, while  Pallets are intended for temporary use. For example, The Master Reference for "ChromaChecker Pink" is stored in ChromaChecker Library. But that Master sample is hard to reproduce because it is out of the typical gamut when printed on offset press / coated paper. It is practical in some scenarios to have a color variant dedicated for specific printing conditions: e.g. Offset press/coated paper. An acceptable/printable version can be substituted, and judgment will be based on realistic expectations

 

Spot color definitions for Print Inspector

Print Inspector Track preferences make it possible to define where to look for reference values for spot color Judgement. The user may specify if data existing in the measurement file (some 3-rd party systems handle such feature) or Color Inspector is the source. If so there is a possibility to select default Library and default Palette to search reference values. Palette has higher priority so the system will start to look for a reference in Palette if no exist then Library will be the source. That gives huge flexibility.

 

Creating Color Libraries or Pallets

You can import a Library or Palette or use Capture to take readings of the master color/swatch to use as a reference. This can be checked during production to ensure the quality tolerances are being met.

Example 3-rd party application (X-Rite eXact Manager, X-Rite i1Profiler, Alvan Print Verifier, Babel Color Patch Tool) but our CC Capture application will offer this very soon.  

Unique Color Inspector Features:

  • Virtual Spot Print
  • Spot Variator
  • Virtual Check Color Library in custom Lighting Condition

 

Video

  • How to save a PDF file for use in the Named Color workflow with ChromaChecker. ChromaChecker is able to create custom lookup tables using device ICC output profiles. These tables are used to convert LAB values for each individual press to achieve the best match for critical spot color workflows.

  • The Spot Color Exercise is an interactive way to communicate how Spot Colors will print and determine the Delta E difference that is acceptable. The exercise is instruction and practical tool for designers, print buyers, and sales for communicating color. Production environments can use ChromaChecker to determine the Delta E shift when reproducing spot colors with detail to the specific press that will be used.

  • This tutorial shows how Chromachecker Capture scans control strips that include spot colors as part of your overall color quality control program.

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