Fundamentals of Colorimetry Vividly Explained
Visual color perception is influenced by our individual color preferences depending on our personal experience and memory, varying environmental conditions such as lightness and color, as well as on the deficiency to communicate and document color.
The CIE standardized light source and observer guarantee an objective description of colored objects. Only the use of standardized color instruments with internationally specified color systems can solve the shortcomings of visual perception. More…
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How to measure total color impression of effect colors?
In contrast to solid colors, effect finishes change their color and appearance with viewing angle and lighting conditions. Metallic finishes show a lightness travel depending on viewing angle whereas pearlescent colors also create a color flop. Additionally, special effect pigments exhibit high sparkling effects under direct illumination.
In order to objectively describe the visual impression of effect finishes two different measurement principles are needed. Attend the webinar to learn more! More…
Eye shadows are produced as powder or creamy product. Colored facial products are available highly viscous lotion or a foundation, which is often finished with a facial pressed powder. Finding the right skin tone takes time and once selected it is expected to be the same at each purchase.
Color consistency is a key quality criterion for a successful product with a long lifetime. Powders, pastes and liquids can either be measured in mass or in case of lower viscosity products as drawdowns on test charts. In both cases a noncontact measurement technique will be the preferred method since this technique correlates best with how the consumer perceives the final product in the store. More…
How to correlate visual and instrumental evaluation of solid finishes?
Visual color perception is influenced by our individual color preferences depending on our personal experience and memory, varying environmental conditions such as lightness and color, as well as on the deficiency to communicate and document color. In order to match the visual impression with the instrumental measured results a defined viewing angle and lighting conditions are needed. Attend the webinar to learn more! More…
A world without color and shine, wouldn’t this be boring? Decorative coatings can be encountered every day and everywhere: on furniture, building facades, bridges and refrigerators. Even “White Goods” are no longer necessarily white, but exhibit fascinating color looks – from very elegant stainless steel to metallic effects on to colorful, glossy or textured surfaces.
Coatings are fascinating. Not much thicker than a human hair, they combine a variety of functions. Besides the requirement to look perfect under different lighting conditions, they are also expected to retain their good look over a long time and even when being exposed to harsh environments. More…