The perfect tool for capturing color inspiration

Posted November 04, 2015 by Jackie Weeks-Atkin

Whether you’re choosing colors for a brand, creating palettes for a new product line, or designing seasonal packaging, inspiration is a key step in color selection.

Inspiration can come from normal, everyday places…

A party.

The grocery store.

Sporting events.

And of course, the great outdoors. Mother Nature has a knack for creating the most beautiful color palettes.

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According to Lee Eiseman, Executive Director for the Pantone Color Institute®, we are starting to see strong color trends that describe our preference for natural food, drink, and being outdoors for recreation. Our color preferences for the home are often focused on comfort and ease. “As we all know, comfort can also bring about a feeling, an attachment, to what is going to make them us feel better. Color provides the means for expressing our emotions and creating a comfort level.”

Designers need to be aware of these trends in order to create color palettes that will attract consumers.

Imagine you’re charged with specifying the colors for next fall’s product line, and you’re just heading off for a week of hiking in the Adirondacks. Beautiful leaves cover the mountainsides… purples, reds and yellows. Bright mums, pumpkins and gourds in every possible shade of orange fill the small towns. Can you remember all of those colors and recreate them back in your studio?

Probably not.

Thought humans can discern over two million colors, our color memory is quite poor. When asked to recreate a color we saw even a minute ago, most of us will fail miserably.

But if you are carrying a handheld color measurement device, you won’t have this problem. Instead, you’ll be able to easily capture your inspired colors and take them back with you to the studio. Small yet mighty, spectrophotometers allow designers to harness color inspiration – anytime anywhere.

Today we’ll show you how the X-Rite CAPSURE device helps you move from inspiration to palette specification in three easy steps.

  1. Place the calibrated CAPSURE against the object you want to measure and press the button. This particular device can measure just about any texture or pattern.image004
  2. The CAPSURE will record a precise number for that color and identify the closest Pantone Color match in whichever fan deck you choose. Repeat for each of your objects.
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  3. When you’re finished, evaluate all of the beautiful colors you’ve captured, and chose your favorites to build your design palette to Pantone specification.

Pumpkins

 

Cabbage

 

MaizeCapturing colors from real-life color palettes can create the perfect inspiration for your designs. You never know when inspiration will hit, but thanks to color science technology, you can always be prepared.

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