Color Measurement 101

Getting Started With Your Color Measurement Device

If you recently invested in a spectrophotometer or colorimeter, you know there’s a lot more to learn about color measurement than just how to use your new device. To help you begin exploring the exciting world of color, we’ve compiled seven blogs that explain how to set up your color measurement device, care for it, and use it to its maximum potential.CAPSURE

5 Tips for Setting Up Your Spectrophotometer

Using a spectrophotometer (“spectro” for short) to measure color doesn’t mean you’ll automatically capture accurate data. The most common reason for incorrect measurements and inconsistent readings among instruments is using the wrong device settings. This blog looks at five important settings to consider when setting up your device and taking measurements.

The Importance of Calibration

Most of today’s color measurement devices are 100% digital. Although this makes them more stable and accurate than their analog predecessors, their tighter tolerances make calibration more important than ever. Learn why, when, and how to calibrate your device.

Ci7800 Apertures

Our Ci7800 sphere benchtop spectrophotometer comes with four standard apertures, plus 1 optional aperture for reflectance measurements.

Choosing the Right Aperture Size

Color measurement devices can come with different aperture sizes, usually ranging from 1.5 mm to 6mm. This blog explains how to choose the right aperture size and why your choice is important for correct color measurement.

Things That Can Affect Spectro Measurements

To establish a solid quality control program, you need good instrumentation, robust software, and trained users. But even if you think everything is in place, color can still go wrong. Read on to learn about common pitfalls even experienced color professionals must watch out for when using a spectrophotometer.

Tips for Using your Spectro Press Side

In a perfect world, press operators should be able to put ink in the press and run a job. Unfortunately, with so many variables affecting color, printing operations can waste thousands of pounds of substrate (and thousands of dollars in press time!) simply making adjustments. This blog shares five tips for using your spectro to combat wasted time and money.

MatchRite iVue

Cleaning the lens of a MatchRite iVue.

Caring For Your Spectrophotometer

X-Rite’s color measurement devices are built to last, as long as you take care of them. Here’s a look at what you need to do to protect your investment, from regular cleaning to annual device calibration.

Maximizing Your Spectro Investment

If your job requires you to get color right, accurate spectral data should be a main priority. In this blog we highlight a few of our most popular learning resources to help you use your color measurement device and interpret its spectral data.

Need more help with your color measurement device?

As always, if you have a question, need guidance, or just want to make sure you’re doing everything right, get in touch. Our Color Experts are happy to assist!

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