Color chart

Color chart
An IT8.7 Target by LaserSoft Imaging

In color-related fields, a color chart is a flat, physical object colored with an arrangement of standardized color samples, used for color comparisons and measurements such as checking the color reproduction of an imaging system. Color charts are used to calibrate and/or profile digital input devices such as digital cameras, and scanners and output display systems like printers, monitors and projectors. They are also used by traditional photographers and cinematographers to calibrate cameras that use film and to check the color temperature of the lighting.

Therefore, standardized IT8 targets are made by several companies including, FujiFilm, Kodak, LaserSoft Imaging.[1]

Color charts can also be used to assess light quality, as in the color rendering index, where reflectance from a set of Munsell samples are evaluated.



ColorChecker Color Rendition Chart

The ColorChecker—first produced as the “Macbeth ColorChecker” in 1976—a cardboard-framed arrangement of twenty-four squares of painted samples based on Munsell colors. Its previous maker Gretag–Macbeth was acquired in 2006 by X-Rite.

List of color selection charts

The skin color chart of Felix von Luschan
  • "DIC Color System Guide" and "Toyo Color Finder," commonly used for spot color matching, mostly in Japan[2]
  • NCS Palette (Natural Color System)
  • Pantone, used for printing and sometimes for paint, fabric, and plastics
  • RAL (Reichsausschuß für Lieferbedingungen) "Classic", "Effect", and "Design," used for varnish and powder coating

See also


  1. ^ Ian Lyons. "IT8 Calibration Targets: Does cost really make a difference?". Computer Darkroom. 
  2. ^ William E. Kasdorf (2003). The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing. Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231124980. 

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