X-Rite Photo Blog
Color Perfectionists Unite!

Rules of the ColorChecker


by Brenda K. Hipsher – February 7th, 2012

Dylan Diblik and ColorChecker

@2011 Dylan Diblik

We’ve been asking folks to give us links to their photos of ColorChecker Passport and ColorChecker Classic targets. There’s a whole gallery of photos at X-Rite Photo on Facebook for you to enjoy. But one in particular caught our eye and really brought up an important point for using ColorChecker targets.  Namely…. keep your hands to yourself!  And keep your fingers off the color patches on ColorChecker targets.

The oils from our hands can degrade the color patches ever so slightly.  And over time this “fingering” the ColorChecker target can render it less than useful. After all, this is not a piece of colored paper as some think. This is an instrument that we use to standardize color either as a visual reference or with Camera Calibration software that allows us to make custom input profiles for our camera.

It’s important to handle and store the target correctly to avoid damaging the color patches.  Store it in a dark, dry place.  This is what makes  ColorChecker Passport such a great solution because the hard plastic outer shell protects the targets inside from light, water, and well…. fingers!

X-Rite ColorChecker ClassicSo take care of your ColorChecker Classic target or ColorChecker Passport. And if you can see visible signs of grime or dirt, it’s time to get a new one.  Learn more about ColorChecker Passport and ColorChecker Classic at www.xritephoto.com.  And if you already have a ColorChecker download X-Rite Camera Calibration software and try out making your own camera profiles. You’ll be glad you did!


For more about color management click on the “Complete Guide to Color Management” tab at the top of this page. There’s a LOT more for you to enjoy and learn at www.xritephoto.com.  Be sure have a look at the Webinar Archive. Remember to follow X-Rite Photo on Facebook and @xritephoto on Twitter.

color management, color profile, calibration, ICC, x-rite, xriteCalibrating and profiling your monitor is essential for viewing your digital images accurately on any monitor.

Stop Guessing. Start Knowing. Get your color workflow under control with color management solutions by X-Rite.

Categories: ColorChecker | Tags: , , ,

2 responses to “Rules of the ColorChecker”

  1. Anyone is getting “by the numbers” colors of a ColorChecker target after applying the generated DCP?

  2. Phil Crean says:

    If I win one I promise to not touch the patches!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *