May 12, 2021
11 standard color cards commonly used in textile printing and dyeing
Color card is the embodiment of the existed color in nature in some material (such as paper, fabric, plastic, etc.). It is used for color selection, comparison and communication, and it is a tool to realize the uniform standard of color within a certain range.
As a textile practitioner who deal with color, these standard color cards are important to know.
Pantone colour card should be the most widely used color card for textile and dyeing practitioners.
Pantone’s headquarters is located in Carlsbad, New Jersey US, is an authority specialize in R&D of colour and known throughout the world, is also the colour system suppliers. Providing a wide range industries professional color selection including printing and other color options in digital technology, textiles, plastics, architecture and interior design.
PANTONE was acquired in 1962 by Lawrence Herbert, the company's chairman, and chief executive, as a small company that made color cards for cosmetics companies. Herbert published the “Pantone Color System” in 1963. At the end of 2007, Pantone was acquired by another color service provider X-Rite, for a proposed $180 million.
The special color cards for textile industry are PANTONE TX cards, which are divided into PANTONE TPX (paper card) and PANTONE TCX (cotton card). PANTONE C card and U card are also frequently used in printing industry.
2.COLORO Colour Card
Coloro is a revolutionary color application system developed by China Textile Information Center and jointly launched by WGSN, the world’s largest fashion trend forecasting company.
Based on the hundred-year color methodology and more than twenty years of scientific application and improvement, Coloro is introduced. Each color is encoded by 7 digits in the 3D model color system. Each code represents a point that is the intersection of hue, lightness, and saturation. Through this scientific system, we can define 1.6 million colors, consist of 160 hue, 100 lightness, and 100 saturation.
DIC color card, originated in Japan, is used in industry, graphic design, packaging, paper printing, architectural coating, printing ink, textile, printing and dyeing, design, etc
The color card is named after Albert H. Munsell (1858-1918), an American colorist. Munsell's color system has been revised repeatedly by the National Bureau of Standards and the Optical Society of America, and has become one of the recognized standard color systems in the color field.
In 1905, Albert H. Munsell developed the first widely accepted color Order System, known as the Munsell Color System, give an accurate description of colors. The combination of all the colors described by Munsell's color space is called Munsell color Solid, which looks like a twisted eccentric sphere.
(Munsell color Solid)
The research of NCS began in 1611, and now it has become the national inspection standard of Sweden, Norway, Spain and other countries. It is the most widely used color system in Europe. It describes color the way the eye sees it. The surface color is defined in the NCS color card and given a color number
NCS color cards can determine the basic properties of a color by color numbering, such as blackness, chrominance, whiteness, and hue. NCS color card number describes the visual properties of color, and has nothing to do with pigment formulation and optical parameters.
German Raul color card. The standard of German, European, is also widely used internationally.
In 1927, RAL got involved in the color industry and created a unified language, establishing standards for the statistics and naming of colorful colors that were widely understood and applied around the world. RAL color of 4 digits has been used as color standard for 70 years and has developed to more than 200 kinds so far.
7.CSI Textile Colour Card
CSI Color Card/Color Wallette Color Manual is the market leader in textile solutions. A company that provides solutions for all stages of textile production, from product design to final textiles. The technical and application expertise of this product is widely recognized throughout the industry. Works closely with textile retailers and brand owners and has a complete global network of major textile manufacturers. In the textile supply chain, for enterprises, trade retailers,it provide accurate and colorful color management tools.
8.YKK Zipper Color Card
YKK color card is a special color card for YKK zipper and YKK products. The YKK color card has six pages in total, with 582 colors catalogued and an average distribution of 100 color positions on each page. The newest YKK color card has 18 vacant color positions in these six pages. The other 582 colors all display samples of cloth.
9.ARCHROMA Cotton Colour Card
ARCHROMA cotton colors are the latest synthetic color code for designers and product developers of clothing, textiles and soft furnishings. This color card has a total of six color systems, 4,320 color numbers, with NFC chips inside. Detailed color data can be obtained through mobile phone scanning, and each color number is equipped with the recommended formula of three dyes, namely active, dispersed and acidic.
10.SCOTDIC Cotton Colour Card
The color card provides 2300 different SCOTDIC colors, each color block size is 1.5*4 cm, each color block has a self-adhesive backing glue behind, which can be torn freely, and can be re-glued after finishing the color matching. It is widely used in garment design, textile printing and dyeing, color proofing, color checking and textile trade of import and export ect.
11.Japanese MiYAMA Colour Card
Japan MiYAMA color card, has become the socks industry widely used color reference book.. The customer’s new products every year take MiYAMA color as the reference model of product color design. After a new revision to 365 colorful show off multi-purpose color, widely used in the socks textile industry
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