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Remote Color Management: How to Set Up and Use Your Spectrophotometer

Posted March 27, 2020 by X-Rite Color

Spectrophotometers (“spectros” for short) are color measurement devices used to capture and evaluate color. As part of a color control program, brand owners and designers use them to specify and communicate color, and manufacturers use them to monitor color accuracy throughout production. Spectrophotometers can measure just about anything, including liquids, plastics, paper, metal and fabrics, and help ensure that color remains consistent from conception to delivery.




Although a spectrophotometer can help you achieve and communicate accurate color, just setting it up to measure color doesn’t mean you’ll automatically capture accurate data. Here are some resources to help you get the most from your spectrophotometer.


The X-Rite Color Lab: What is a Spectrophotometer?

Video | What is a spectrophotometer, and when are they used? Whether it's color identification, color matching, or color quality control, these instruments can help you achieve and communication accurate color. 


Spectral Data 101: How to Communicate Color Data

Webinar | During this quick webinar, Ed Hattenberger, Senior Color Scientist at X-Rite Pantone, will briefly explain why spectral data is important for color communication, the common types of spectrophotometer geometries, and why spectral data is preferred over CIELAB color values.


Get Started with your Color Measurement Device

Blog | This blog outlines everything you need to know, including how to care for your device, the importance of calibration, how to choose the right aperture size and settings, and things that can affect your measurements.


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