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color sensor thingy?
show user profile  9krausec
Can anyone recommend a color scanner that can scan real world objects and return RGB data?

There are a few devices out there but I have no clue what I'm looking at or even what to search for. It would help me out greatly to find a device that would return an accurate RGB code as opposed to taking a photo, white balancing it and hoping it's close enough when eyedroppding in PS.


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9/24/2015 5:02:05 AM (last edit: 9/24/2015 2:11:45 PM)
show user profile  9krausec

That looks the most promising so far! There are other things out there like pens that can scan and draw any color (but that seems a bit chinsy).

The need for this stems in matching product plastic colors. We have sample chips we base stuff off of and it's annoying to have to eyeball in bad light at the office. My other alternative would be to take a photo of the chip, white balance and eye drop in photoshop, but this actually turned out to be pretty time consuming.

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9/25/2015 3:06:01 PM (last edit: 9/25/2015 3:06:35 PM)
show user profile  LionDebt
Surely the manufacturers of the chips for sampling could just give you rgb values?
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9/25/2015 3:38:17 PM (last edit: 9/25/2015 3:38:17 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
Half of the chips we are using seem outdated or from a manufacturer that was bought out by another company. Furthermore the factory isn't as accurate with the colors as they should be (they are eye balling over there too I think). So scans will probably be taken directly from the machines in the alpha stages.

But yeah, I'll email them about it. These books apparently cost thousands of dollars (chip books are mind blowingly expensive).

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9/25/2015 4:09:41 PM (last edit: 9/25/2015 4:09:41 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
Pantone says the chips are too small for them to create digital files (RBG) data for them... Lol. Bad planning much?

I'll keep on looking. I'm thinking there is a good chance that with today's tech there is a small enough scanner to get the appropriate RGB data from these chips (about the size of a half dollar).

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9/25/2015 4:26:43 PM (last edit: 9/25/2015 4:26:43 PM)
show user profile  Bolteon
Anything wrong with the Nix Sensor? Seems like a good solution. May pick one up myself...

-Marko Mandaric

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9/25/2015 5:29:53 PM (last edit: 9/25/2015 5:29:53 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
Nothing wrong with it, but I did send them an email two days ago I think asking about it and haven't heard much from them.

TBH I think it's a great solution for us (if it works well). Let's say you get a client that wants to render a product out... They give you CAD and you need to match the product colors. Assuming it's a large enough product something like this could circumvent eyeballing the colors.

I was looking at these pen/markers that seem to do the same thing except instantly allows you to draw out the color off the device after you scan it, but it looks chinsy.

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9/25/2015 5:36:20 PM (last edit: 9/25/2015 5:36:20 PM)
show user profile  joelr
9kraus what do you mean about panton?
I have a panton swatch and to each panton color is written the equivalent RGB amount.

Also you know in Photoshop in the color picker you also have the panton swatches. After you select your panton color you can see which RGB values it gives you.


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9/25/2015 7:41:26 PM (last edit: 9/25/2015 7:41:26 PM)
show user profile  9krausec

We aren't using a pantone booklet, but actual chips (which are different from what I understand than the pantone booklets)

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9/25/2015 8:14:26 PM (last edit: 9/25/2015 8:14:26 PM)
show user profile  joelr
Ok i understand... But im saying that in photoshop color picker there are color libraries. In there are all the pantone catalogs. Dont you have your chip number there?

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9/25/2015 10:04:18 PM (last edit: 9/25/2015 10:04:18 PM)
show user profile  joelr
Also for what you were looking for, will this help you:

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9/25/2015 10:10:07 PM (last edit: 9/25/2015 10:10:07 PM)
show user profile  Bolteon
This part makes it much less useful...

"Saves time and money by efficiently matching virtually any surface to a PANTONE Color"

-Marko Mandaric

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9/25/2015 10:17:11 PM (last edit: 9/25/2015 10:17:11 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
^True, but it does have RGB value readout. Produced in 2010 so I wonder if it's outdated or not (as far as better technology).

Will do more research. I'll trust Pantone over some random kickstarter that doesn't have a large enough team to apparently email me back (NEX).

Thanks Joelr

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9/25/2015 11:04:20 PM (last edit: 9/25/2015 11:04:20 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
For those that are interested the Nix rep got back to me. Here's a photo of the device sitting on a quarter (which it can accurately read)-

The cost is 350 dollars. I don't know why it takes a rep to send you the buy link, sort of weird.

My boss is on board so we will be ordering one and I'll report an update after we start using it for production purposes (for those that are interested).

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9/29/2015 5:34:13 PM (last edit: 9/29/2015 5:34:13 PM)
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