Fundamentals of Color and Appearance


This FOCA seminar teaches you to how to control and communicate color more effectively.
Questions?  1.800.248.9748

A Practical Approach To Understanding & Managing Color Quality

This one-day seminar is built for quality control & assurance professionals, lab technicians, parts suppliers, manufacturing specifiers, or anyone who evaluates or approves color.

You’ll walk away with a solid foundation in color and appearance science. From the physics of color to lighting, spectrophotometers and color data, we will teach you how to measure, view and understand color data.

Taught by X-Rite color experts, the seminar is fun, easy to understand and applicable to nearly every industry and business. Through engaging presentations and live demonstrations, you will learn how to control color more effectively within your own organization and throughout your supply chain.

The course requires no prior color training and will address color control for a variety of industries, including retail and apparel brands, business and consumer electronics, automotive, packaging and their related industries in plastics, coatings and textile manufacturing.

Early Bird Special! Use the coupon code "FUN2017" up to three weeks in advance to your scheduled Day 1 or Day 2 class and receive an instant 15% discount. 

Satisfaction Guaranteed

If you are not completely satisfied with an X-Rite seminar, we will provide you with a training voucher to attend another future seminar.

Cancellation Policy:  21 days prior to event date 100% refund, 14 days prior to event date 50% refund, less than 14 days no refund will be given.

Who Should Attend? 

The course requires no prior color training and will address color control for a variety of industries including retail and apparel brands, business and consumer electronics, automotive, packaging and their related industries in plastics, coatings and textile manufacturing.

This seminar is designed for:

  • Quality Control & Assurance Professionals
  • Lab Technicians
  • Parts Suppliers
  • Manufacturing Specifiers
  • Anyone who evaluates or approves color

If you’re involved in any of these industries, you can’t miss this seminar.

Print, Packaging, and Industrial: ink, dyes, paper, plastics, textiles

  • Apparel
  • Appliances
  • Automotive
  • Building Products
  • Food & Food Packaging
  • Furniture
  • Health & Beauty
  • Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Printing
  • Retail

Why Attend?

Our Fundamentals of Color and Appearance seminar is the leading one-day educational course in the country. Suppliers and manufacturers nationwide have utilized the information presented to establish color quality standards… and so can you!

  • Knowledgeable Instructors
    Our team of speakers and instructors are considered to be industry leaders and have accumulated years of hands-on practical experience and expertise in their respective fields. You’ll learn from experts in areas such as color management, printing, textiles, plastics and more.

  • After the Seminar
    After you’ve attended a seminar, you are encouraged to continue contacting us through your My X-Rite account for additional information or answers to technical questions. Our team will promptly respond to all requests.

  • Free Munsell Interactive Learning Kit
    As part of the seminar tour, all attendees will receive the Munsell Interactive Learning Kit free of charge.

  • Exclusive Fundamentals of Color and Appearance Book
    All seminar attendees will also receive X-Rite’s exclusive Fundamentals of Color and Appearance book. This industry acknowledged publication provides a logical and practical approach to solving color and appearance issues related to industrial applications.

  • Product Drawings & Discounts
    Attendees will be entered into a sweepstake to win one of the following: Judge QC light booth, Munsell Hue Test, or a copy of software (ColorMaster QAII, Color iQC Professional, or X-Color QC). Participants will also receive a 10% discount voucher that is valid until December 31, 2017. The voucher cannot exceed $500.00 off a purchase.

Introduction to Color and Appearance:

  • The science of color and appearance  
  • The color models – additive, subtractive, and mixed
  • How the eye works; including testing color vision and deficiencies
  • Communicating color information

Quantifying Color:

  • Understanding the CIE system of color
  • Interpreting spectral reflectance
  • Quantifying light sources, color temperatures and illuminants  


  • The difference between colorimeters and spectrophotometers
  • Light sources and UV in instruments
  • Viewing angles, sphere, and diffraction grating  
  • Instrument repeatability and reproducibility

Visual Quality Control:

  • Visual and instrumental color assessment
  • Getting the right viewing conditions and light source
  • Understanding metamerism

Instrumental Quality Control:

  • Deploying enterprise-wide color management and color policies
  • Physical and numerical standards
  • Pass/fail analysis
  • Limitations of color measurement systems 

Anaheim, CA

Anaheim Marriott
700 West Convention Way
Anaheim, CA 92802
Phone: 714-750-8000

Bentonville, AR

Fairfield Inn & Suites Bentonville Rogers
4611 W Rozell Street 
Rogers, AR 72756
Phone: 479-936-5900

Cincinnati, OH

Courtyard Cincinnati Covington
500 West 3rd Street
Covington, KY 41011
Phone: 859-491-4000

Edison, NJ

Courtyard Edison Woodbridge
3105 Woodbridge Avenue
Edison, NJ 8837
Phone: 732-738-1991

Grand Rapids, MI

X-Rite, Inc.
4300 44th Street Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Phone: 616-803-2100

Greenville, SC

Courtyard Greenville-Spartanburg Airport
115 The Parkway
Greenville, SC 29615
Phone: 864-213-9009

Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis Marriott East
7202 East 21st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219
Phone: 317-352-1237

Minneapolis, MN

Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown
1500 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Phone: 612-333-4646

Nashville, TN

Courtyard Nashville Downtown
170 4th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37219
Phone: 615-256-0900

Natick, MA

Courtyard Boston Natick
32 Speen Street
Natick, MA 1760
Phone: 508-655-6100

Portland, OR

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
1401 SW Natio Parkway
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 503-226-7600

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
780 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone Number: 415-896-1600

Schaumburg, IL

Courtyard Marriott Schaumburg/Woodfield Mall
1311 American Lane
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: 847-619-8100

Toronto, ON

Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel
901 Dixon Road
Toronto, ON, Canada M9W 1J5
Phone: 416-674-9400



A block of guest rooms are reserved at this hotel for your convenience. Mention “X-Rite PANTONE Fundamentals” to book under the room block rate.

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