People often ask how X-Rite got its name and how we came to be a leader in the art and science of color. It’s really a great story – one that focuses on innovation, entrepreneurship and determination. What’s in a name? X-Rite was founded in 1957 by a group of engineers and business entrepreneurs who had a desire to start a business based on innovation. The members brainstormed new product ideas ranging from can openers to sheet metal tools to collapsible car cots. After buildin...

May 11, 2021 by X-Rite Color

The Pantone Color of the Year announcement is always exciting. Not only does it set the stage for upcoming trends, it also provides brand owners and designers critical guidance for marketing and product development. However, those who are charged with manufacturing products and packaging with trending colors (like 2021's Ultimate Gray and Illuminating) know it doesn’t “just happen.” It takes time and effort to incorporate new colors. Whether you work in paints, plasti...

December 14, 2020 by X-Rite Color

The color of liquid is one of the most difficult things to control during production. But it’s important. Would you choose a bottle of juice or cleaner that is lighter in color than the other bottles on the shelf? What about cough syrup?     Liquid is hard to measure because it can range in transparency from translucent to opaque. It’s also hard to hold, and the measurement device can’t touch it or the optics and the sample will both be contaminated.   Today&rsq...

October 27, 2020 by Tim Mouw

The best way to visualize how color will react in real world lighting conditions is to use a light booth. Traditional light booths contain common illuminants like daylight, incandescent, and fluorescent to replicate how color will look in the retail store and post-purchase in outdoor and home lighting. Today, the increased use of LED lamps in home, commercial, and retail environments is impacting decades of standardized lighting procedures.   How LED is Changing the Game LED lights hav...

October 12, 2020 by X-Rite Color

As the world reopens, retail stores are making functional changes to ensure customers and employees are safe and healthy. For starters, the notoriously social activity of shopping now requires associates and customers to maintain distance and wear masks.      Customers need to feel comfortable when they sit down at the cosmetic counter, too. While the role of the beauty consultant is not going away, demo makeup applications and cosmetic testers are. This leaves retailers seeking ...

July 15, 2020 by Matthew Adby

In a highly competitive marketplace, brands and packaging designers are looking for ways to differentiate their products on the shelf. This increasingly goes beyond color to include embellishment options such as foils, special varnishes, soft touch finishes, and more. Designers are also using more intense solid colors, fluorescents and iridescents, and not just with conventional print. Digital solutions allow more variation in packaging and the ability to address shorter runs and faster cycle ti...

June 04, 2020 by Ray Cheydleur

As digital printing continues to grow, many printmakers are moving beyond traditional media to create artwork on substrates like wood, acrylic, textiles, and backlit materials. While the results can be beautiful, achieving exceptional print quality on these materials can be challenging.   Enter the i1Pro 3 Plus. With its large aperture, polarization and transmissive capabilities, this new member of X-Rite’s i1Pro Family can create color profiles for substrates that are otherwise ...

May 20, 2020 by X-Rite Color

Unsere Kunden, die jetzt im Homeoffice arbeiten, müssen sich darüber im Klaren sein, dass selbst die Änderung einer kleinen Variablen – wie der Farbfreigabe zu Hause unter anderen Lichtbedingungen oder der Zusendung der Farbspezifikationen per E-Mail anstelle einer physischen Probe – zu Farbfehlern führen kann. Diese Fehler können wiederum ein größeres Farbproblem zur Folge haben. Die erste und wichtigste Phase bei der Farbqualitätskontrolle ...

March 27, 2020 by X-Rite Color

Spektralfotometer sind Farbmessgeräte zur Erfassung und Beurteilung von Farben. Im Rahmen eines Programms zur Kontrolle und Sicherung der Farbqualität kommen sie bei Markenartiklern und Designern für die Farbspezifikation und -kommunikation und bei Herstellern zur Überwachung der Farbpräzision während der gesamten Produktion zum Einsatz. Spektralfotometer können nahezu alles messen, einschließlich Flüssigkeiten, Kunststoffen, Papier, Metall und Stoffen, und sorgen für Farbkonstanz von der ersten...

March 27, 2020 by X-Rite Color

Smartphone-Displays und Computer-Monitore sind das Fenster zur digitalen Farbwelt. Wenn Sie die Farbfreigabe per E-Mail oder Kurznachricht erteilen, sollten Sie die Einschränkungen unbedingt kennen.  Als Einsteiger sollten Sie wissen, dass Ihre Geräte jeweils auf verschiedenen Farbmodellen zur Anzeige von Farben basieren. Eingabegeräte, d. h. Kameras und Monitore, nutzen das additive Farbmodell für die Anzeige von Farben. Sie erzeugen ein Farbspektrum durch die Zugabe von rotem, g...

March 27, 2020 by X-Rite Color

Umfasst Ihr Programm für Farbqualitätssicherung auch visuelle Beurteilung? Die Beleuchtung spielt eine große Rolle bei unserer Farbwahrnehmung. Sie kann Ihnen dabei helfen, zu prüfen, ob die Farbe Ihres Produkts akzeptabel ist und unter allen denkbaren Lichtverhältnissen nach dem Kauf konstant bleibt.     Für viele unserer Kunden ist die visuelle Farbbeurteilung noch wichtiger, da sie die Farbprüfung und -freigabe an einen anderen Ort, wie etwa in das Home-Office oder eine andere e...

March 27, 2020 by X-Rite Color

Bei der Farbwahrnehmung spielen viele Faktoren eine Rolle, wie u. Licht, Erbanlagen, Umgebung, menschliche Eigenschaften und sogar Müdigkeit. Eine von 255 Frauen und einer von 12 Männern haben Probleme bei der Farbunterscheidung. Könnten Sie dazugehören? Mit unserem Online-Farbsehtest können Sie Ihr Farbsehvermögen prüfen – schnell, einfach und noch dazu unterhaltsam.     Unabhängig von Ihrem Farbsehvermögen können Ihnen Ihre Augen bei der Kommunikation, Beurteilung oder Fre...

March 27, 2020 by X-Rite Color

Farbe war immer schon ein kritischer Faktor für unsere Kunden. Aufgrund der COVID-19-Pandemie müssen viele inzwischen versuchen, das Design, die Spezifikation, Kommunikation und korrekte Wiedergabe von Farben mit weniger Personal und Ressourcen extern – häufig im Homeoffice – zu bewerkstelligen. Haben Sie Probleme bei der Umsetzung und Einhaltung Ihres Farbprogramms in diesen schwierigen Zeiten?  Wir haben eine Liste unserer beliebtesten Ressourcen – Blogs, Videos, Whitepaper, Webinar...

March 27, 2020 by X-Rite Color

Appearance is more than just color. It’s an all-inclusive look at everything inherent to an object, including texture, gloss, transparency, translucency, and special effects like sparkle and shimmer. When viewed from different angles or under different lighting conditions, appearance effects can change our perception of color. That's why it’s important to control both color and appearance throughout design and development.  Durable goods brands use appearance effects to captur...

February 20, 2020 by X-Rite Color

Although digital printing has been around for many years, the industry is undergoing dramatic changes. On the plus side, digital print technologies utilize more durable inks and offer higher reliability, longer print life, and overall cost savings and efficiency. But these changes also mean print shops must adjust the way they operate to remain competitive.   According to Allied Market Research, the digital textile printing market is expected to reach almost $4 million globally by 2022...

January 23, 2020 by Ray Cheydleur

Managing color throughout production is always a challenge, but advances in color technology, like the metallic, shimmer, and pearlescence effects designed to capture consumer attention, are taking the frustration to a whole new level for quality control managers. This is especially true when producing parts that must match at assembly, such as the metal panels for a home appliance or the painted side mirrors for a vehicle.  Special effects are tricky to control because our perception can c...

January 14, 2020 by Tim Mouw

Durable goods and consumer electronics are no longer destined to be white, gray, and black. In fact, consumers are moving towards more classic colors and special effect finishes like metallics. To capitalize on this trend, brands need to bring innovative designs in new colors faster to market than ever before.   One trending color, the PANTONE Color of the Year 2020, is sure to capture the attention of durable good and consumer electronic brands. It is a simple, timeless, elegant, and endur...

December 09, 2019 by X-Rite Color

During this holiday season, let's pause to do more than give thanks. Let's also consider the role color plays on the food choices we make when we fill our Thanksgiving plates. Traditional holiday foods like turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie always look the same... we know what to expect when we take our first bite. But what if the mashed potatoes were green this year? Would they taste different? Would you even try them? There has been a lot of research about the role color plays in how w...

November 22, 2019 by X-Rite Color

Do you get a different feeling in a room full of warm, natural colors…  …than you do in a white and sterile office?  Has a building ever “spoken” to you? Color is an Integral Part of our World It's a visual language that everyone understands; a sensory perception that affects our emotions in many ways. Although it is often subconscious, the impact of color plays a fundamental role for interior and exterior architectural elements.    When designi...

November 19, 2019 by X-Rite Color

Virtual reality has re-imagined the art of apparel and footwear design. 3D design programs like MODO, KeyShot, CLO, Browzwear, Optitex, and Lectra augment the creativity of color and material designers to virtually construct patterns and render realistic 3D garments.  This is exciting technology for brands that want to reduce waste for a greener footprint and accelerate design to keep up with fast fashion. However, designers are notoriously tactile. They need to touch, feel, and gain a...

October 24, 2019 by Bruce Wright
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