Lab Color Coordinates are commonly used in the textile industry, at the dyeing stage.
At the design stage of a fabric, companies will more commonly use color catalogs, such as Pantone.
A common ground
At Tengiva, we prioritize Lab Color Coordinates under D65 light for 3 reasons :
- Its predominance in the industry ;
- Its precision (color catalogs are limited) ;
- It's connected to a color scheme that allows the customer to select a color with greater precision.
I don't have the Lab Color Coordinates, What are my alternatives?
In textile cotton or polyester, the number ends in "TCX" or "TPX"
Usually dye houses are able to achieve a color match within a CMC DE of 1,00, from a Pantone textile color, under D65 light.
Therefore, you have the option of making a conversion.
- Find your Pantone RGB values : https://www.pantone.com/color-finder#/search
- Convert RGB to Lab using : http://colormine.org/convert/rgb-to-lab
Coated or Uncoated paper (The number ends in "C" or "U")
The difference between a paper color and a render of this color on a fabric is very high. Therefore, there is a higher risk that the color you published may have a CMC DE higher than 2.00, from its real color. This can cause a customer to possibly return an item.
Is there a solution? We recommend purchasing a color scan like Nix Pro (featured below).
Lch to Lab, or any other conversion
Here is a free conversion tool: http://colormine.org/convert/lch-to-lab
How to get precise Lab Coordinates ?
The Nix Pro is a simple, practical color scanner that will allow you to scan your colors anywhere, anytime.
Follow this link for more info : https://www.nixsensor.com/nix-pro/
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