Certified Standards

What is the difference between a Color Solutions International’s “Certified Color Standard” and Pantone or Scotdic “Color Reference”?

The difference between the two is that Pantone’s ‘Color Reference’ is only a design tool. CSI’s ‘Certified Color Standard’ in addition to being a design tool is also

  • an efficient and effective method of communicating color
  • is reproducible
  • leads to consistency in bulk production
  • can facilitate fast track production
  • The use of ‘Certified Color Standards’ prevents color errors, saving both time and money. ‘Certified Color Standards’ provide consistent color to the market faster and cheaper.

What is a Certified Color Standard

Certified Color Standards are a combination of a visual reference and a master electronic standard in the form of spectrophotographic reflectance data and are typically stored in a qtx-formatted file. Certified color standards are customized for the brand or retailer with their individual color names or IDs, their logo, and their own layout.

Why do my standards vary in appearance?

Certified Color Standards may have hue differences even though it passes the 0.5 dE CMC 2:1 specifications. CSI does not produce within specific color quandrant in color space. The primary quality control specification is an electronic measurement against the Master Electronic Standard.

Why is my certified standard out of spec?

The certified color standard that I received is greater than 0.5 dE to the .QTX. Measuring the certified standard is not recommended and is not best practice. However, if you measure the certified standard and compare it against the Master Electronic Standard, you may find a dE > 0.5 dE. This does not mean the standard is out of specifications.

The Pass/Fail determination for every certified standard is based on the measurement results from CSI. The CSI spectrophotomers are highly calibrated and profiled. The certified standards are measured under controlled conditions of temperature and humidity. Small variations in equipment and conditions may cause deviations from measurement to measurement.

Click to view a Datacolor Presentation on sample measurement differences.

Can I order chiclets instead of standards?

Chiclets are only available for the retailer/brands. They are not suitable as certified standards.

Is there a warranty on Certified Color Standards?

Certified Color standards are valid for one year from date of purchase.

For further details click the Color Solutions International Terms & Conditions

Is there a best practice for measuring color?

Yes, click Best Practices for Measuring Color to view or click play on the video below.

Can I get the same color standard on different substrates?

The certified standards are produced on the substrate as directed from the brand/retailer. The same color may or may not be produced on multiple substrates.

For technical help on producing color on different substrates please contact your local DyStar Representative.

Please have your order number and .QTX file available when making the request.

I cannot match the brightness of the color standard, what can I do?

The ability to match a shade is highly influenced by substrate, preparation and dyeing methods for a given shade.  It is possible that the color does not translate effectively across multiple substrates.

For technical help on producing color on different substrates please contact your local DyStar Representative.

Please have your order number and .QTX file available when making the request.

I cannot match the fastness requirements of the retailer, what can I do ?

The ability to meet color fastness is highly influenced by substrate, preparation and dyeing methods for a given shade. There may be cases where the color fastness cannot be achieved on a particular fabrication.

For technical help on producing color on different substrates please contact your local DyStar Representative.

Please have your order number and .QTX file available when making the request.

If the recipe does not work, can I get a new one?

If you would like to receive a different dye recipe for a certified color standard, please contact a local technical representative. Click here to contact CSI.

What if the recipe does not work?

If your recipe does not work please contact your local DyStar representative. Click here to contact CSI.

Where can I find the Color Solutions International serial number?

The serial number is located on the back of the certified textile standard on the barcode label.

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