Top Blogs of 2020

Posted December 29, 2020 by X-Rite Color

Each year we enjoy looking back to see which blogs captured the most attention. Some make the top 10 list ever year, while others are a surprise. 

Here's what our readers found most interesting in 2020.

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Top 10 Blogs of 2020

#1   L*a*b* Color Values


Like geographic coordinates – longitude, latitude, and altitude – L*a*b* color values give us a way to locate and communicate colors. Learn the history and uses of this popular color space.


#2   Color Perception Series, Part 1


Did you know light has biggest impact on the colors we see? Without getting too technical, here is an introduction to the way light affects our perception of color.


#3   Additive vs. Subtractive Color Models


To understand how color management works, you need a basic knowledge of the additive and subtractive systems of color reproduction. Learn about both in this blog.


#4   Colorimeter vs. Spectrophotometer


There are basically two types of color measurements instruments: colorimeters and spectrophotometers. Here’s how to choose the right type for your needs.


#5   Tolerancing Part 3: Color Space vs. Color Tolerance


To control color, you need to be able to compare very small differences, determine their impact and understand how to address that impact. This blog explains the difference between a color space and a color tolerance.


#6   Understanding Illuminance, Luminance and Brightness


When talking about monitor calibration, many people interchange illuminance, luminance and brightness, but they are not the same. Here are the differences you need to understand to properly calibrate and profile your display.


#7   What is Metamerism?


Metamerism is a phenomenon that occurs when two colors appear to match under one lighting condition, but not when the light changes. Learn what causes it in this blog.


#8   Color Measurement Devices


Color measurement devices have been around since the 1940s, but they’ve come a long way since then. This blog looks at the difference between colorimetry and spectrophotometry and the geometries that define each.


#9   Attributes of Color


Learn why it’s important to include hue, chroma (saturation), and value (lightness) to accurately identify a color and distinguish it from others. 


#10  Tolerancing in Flexo and Offset Printing


Density only tells us how light or dark a color is. This blog introduces the CIELAB and L*C*h° color models and the tolerancing methods that help us describe color difference.


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