We understand that getting the right colors is important to you, so we wanted to provide some information about the challenges and best practices to get an accurate representation of colors.
When it comes to selecting and evaluating colors on a screen, it’s important to be aware of the ways in which screens can distort or alter the way colors appear. In this list, we’ll explore some of the most common ways that screens can “lie” to our eyes in relation to color, so that you can make informed decisions about color selection.
Color gamut limitations: Screens have a limited range of colors that they can display, known as the color gamut. Some colors that are present in the real world may fall outside of the gamut of a particular screen, resulting in inaccurate color representation.
Color calibration: The way a screen is calibrated can affect the accuracy of color representation. An uncalibrated screen may show colors that are too saturated, pale or with incorrect hues.
Backlighting: The type and intensity of backlighting used in a screen can affect the way colors appear. For example, a screen with a cooler backlight may make colors appear bluer, while a warmer backlight may make them appear more yellow.
The most precise way to share and communicate colors when painting physical products is by using the NCS index. Paint is created by mixing resins and colorants in a specific ratio, and the NCS index ensures that the colors are consistent across all suppliers. At our company, the NCS index is our preferred color guide because it ensures that what you ask for is what you get.
While there are many websites and apps that can help you check colors, screens can be unreliable when it comes to color accuracy. To ensure the most accurate representation of colors, we recommend checking the NCS index. You can ask your nearest paint store if they have one for you to use.
The RAL chart is an industrial color chart that is commonly used for powder coating, paint, and plastics. While we primarily use the NCS index as our preferred color guide due to its larger selection, we also accept the RAL chart as a valid color reference.
Just like with the NCS index, most paint stores have a RAL chart available in their store.
Let’s be clear: we don’t paint with Pantone colors. While we do show some of our products in Pantone colors, this is because many designers work with them and we want to make it easy for you to select colors. However, it’s important to understand that Pantone colors are created by mixing ink with paper, which can create different shades of color depending on the paper used. With paint, we use resins and colorants that provide full coverage on top of any material, so the color is always consistent. The same happens with CMYK colors.
Digital colors are colors displayed on screens, such as computer monitors or mobile devices, and are created by mixing light using color models such as RGB or hex codes. When you mix the primary colors of red, green, and blue light in different proportions, you can create a wide range of colors.
To convert digital colors to NCS colors, you can use an online converter that takes your RGB or hex code and finds the closest NCS match.
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