If you’ve identified that your business has a color problem but don’t know how to fix it, adding color measurement into your workflow may be the best place to start. Read on to learn about the four main types of color measurement instruments.
Spectrophotometers are color measurement devices used to capture and evaluate color. They come in many shapes and sizes, ranging from small handheld devices to large benchtop models. Brand owners and designers typically use them to specify and communicate color, and manufacturers use them to monitor color accuracy throughout production.
Colorimeters are tristimulus (three-filtered) devices that use red, green, and blue filters to emulate the response of the human eye to light and color. They are commonly used for capturing inspiration colors or for applications with loose color tolerances.
Densitometer and Spectrodensitometer
A pressroom densitometer measures light reflected off the press sheet, while a pressroom spectrodensitometer measures ink density on a color bar. Both devices provide feedback to help press operators adjust ink levels.
Which is right for you?
We know it can be difficult to determine which device is the best fit for your business. It basically comes down to three factors. Check out our helpful guide Choosing the Right Color Measurement Device for more information.