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? 

Pantone textile

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.

  1. Find your Pantone RGB values : https://www.pantone.com/color-finder#/search 
  2. Convert RGB to Lab using : http://colormine.org/convert/rgb-to-lab 

Pantone Paper

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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