Color Theory Training: The Numbers of Color


Understand the numbers of color with this six-module eLearning on the basics of color and communication.

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Color by the Numbers

This free course is offered in: English, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Japanese.

Your access to this course is valid for 60 days.

Accurately and consistently communicating color can be an issue, especially if there is not a common color language among participants in the color workflow. Communicating color by the numbers is the best way to ensure that everyone is speaking the same color language.

This convenient, self-paced online course is an essential first step for anyone new to working with color applications and communicating color.  Participants will learn how to communicate both color and color differences.  From the physics of color to lighting, spectrophotometers and color data, this module-based course teaches how to not only view color, but also delivers an in-depth understanding of color.



  • Benefit from the included workbook that guides the eLearning experience and reinforces course concepts.
  • Learn about the history of color and the development of systems that help describe color.
  • Understand the nature of light and the role it plays in vision and color judgment.
  • Find out how to choose the best instruments for your color needs.
  • Recognize and overcome appearance characteristics that change the perception of color.

Color errors can cause significant issues – from excessive waste and rework to customer dissatisfaction. If your organization experiences color issues that cause negative effects on the bottom line, or would simply like to refresh your team’s color knowledge, begin with this convenient online training course.


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Who Should Attend?

This course is ideal for anyone just starting out with color or wishing to boost their color knowledge. It addresses color control for a variety of industries including retail and apparel brands, automotive, packaging and related industries in plastics, coatings and textile manufacturing.


This eLearning course is divided into six sections and will take approximately two hours to complete. No worries if you can’t complete the course at one time; come back to the site as often as you like for up to 60 days. The course also includes a workbook to help guide your eLearning experience and reinforce concepts. Each interactive session builds on key concepts and is accompanied by a short quiz. Following the final section there is a summary test to validate your understanding of the entire course. A final grade is computed as the weighted sum of both the sectional quizzes and the final test. Have fun and good luck.

Modules Include:
  • Section 1 - The Basics
  • Section 2 - Munsell
  • Section 3 - The Nature of Light
  • Section 4 - CIE Lab & LCH: Color Tolerancing
  • Section 5 - Color Instruments
  • Section 6 - Putting it Together
The course also presents a final exam; 20 questions selected randomly from our library of color science elements. No two students will see the same test. Questions are selected at random and displayed in random order. Answers are also randomized within each question. The only way to pass the test is to know the material.

This final exam accounts for 40% of your total grade (each section quiz is valued at 10%; 6 sections x 10% each = 60%).

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