True colours are no problem!

The devil is in the details, as we know. The new summer collection is finished, everything is perfectly matched to each other: The red of the shoes is reflected in the handbag and fits the scarf just right. No way! Often it turns out that the colours of the carefully coordinated accessories do not go together well.
How is that possible? This is due to time, distance and coordination problems in today's work processes. When manufacturers decide on the colours of textiles, they often reach the limits of traditional instruments. They do not detect intricate patterns, nor do they take into account that the textile structure affects the quality of the colours. color:communication provides a remedy to this.

Three-dimensional surfaces can not be detected accurately with traditional instruments.

Challenge: metameric effects

Designers work with physical models and mood boards through which they communicate their colour preferences. These mood boards can, however, not usually be measured with spectrophotometers. For all units downstream in the supply chain, such as marketing, procurement, quality assurance and distant dye works, there remains only the physical delivery of samples. They are normally visually assessed under standard light, for instance in a dye works, in order to create a colour recipe or sample. The samples ("lab dips") are then sent by mail to the customer for evaluation. The assessment under standard light does not, however, resolve the effect of colour samples having a particular colour tone under one light, but another one under different lighting conditions (metamerism). In short, if different fabrics of a collection are supposed to appear to have the same colour, conflict is inevitable.

color:communication works differently: Whether flecked, fibred or with small-scale patterns, the technology reproduces precisely the right colour impression on the screen, true to the original — meaning exactly the colour tone that the designer had in mind — under various lighting conditions. At the same time, spectral measurements can be taken directly from the displayed image. A multi-spectral file is thus a visual and technical measurement at the same time. So you can digitally communicate both the colour impression and the exact measurement pixel by pixel with all those involved in the process chain, from design to production, quickly and accurately. This not only saves money but also time, while reducing stress.


With the Demoliner, the colour experts at caddon come to you and demonstrate first hand how your colour communication could look in the future. With the can:scan you can make multi-spectral measurements of your individual material samples. On the standard light workplace can:view, they directly compare your samples, while displaying them on the monitor. Here's our video.

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