Colors tables

A color table is a way to save your colors into a numeric color chart. You will be able to match color among thousand instantly or export it to aco, ase, Cxf, csv and other files formats.

It could be interesting to share the same Color Table between different kind of software, like the Adobe Suite, RIPs, Coraye and other software to use an only one Color Database.

Coraye is, with these functions, a powerful Color Table Converter.

Color Tables are also used by Coraye to find a color easily among a color book like the PANTONE® colors collection, with the "Color Finder", or also to create a reference Color Table to do quality control.

pageColor finder module

1. Import a Color Table

To import a color table, you just need to drag & drop your swatch book into Coraye in the left or right column. Or File / Open file in the top corner menu, to select your swatch book.

List of Color table format supported by Coraye

  • CXF (.cxf) EFI® RIP, ColorGATE® RIP, XRite®, PANTONE®, Spectrodensitometer XRite eXact (import / export)

  • Adobe (.ase, .aco, .acb) Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Ergosoft® RIP and Epson® Edge Print RIP (Import / Export)

  • CSV (.csv) Microsoft® Excel, RIP Wasatch® (import / export)

  • Caldera® (.lab) (export only)

  • CorelDraw® (.xml)

  • NeoStampa® (.spt)

  • Versaworks (.spot)

  • CIE CGATS (.txt)

  • Onyx® Postershop (.tab)

  • Data Color® (.qtx)

2. Create a new Color Table

To create a new Color Table, click on the bottom button "Create a new color table".

3. Add Captured Colors with a spectrophotometer into a Color Table.

Click on the bottom button "Capture a color"

A small window will appear, choose the options to perform the measurement. Then click on "I'm ready".

Use Reflective mode to measure on paper or material Use Emissive mode to measure a color on your screen

If your spectrophotometer is not calibrated, you have to calibrate it.

During calibration, you must put your spectrophotometer in its calibration position.

When calibration is complete, you are ready to capture the colors.

Successive measurements will be displayed one below the other. You can edit and change the name Click "Save and Exit" to add the colors directly to the color table.

4. Add a Color manually (Lab mode)

If you know the Lab values of your color, you can add it manually in the color do that, enter the Lab values and the Color Name in the bottom area and click on the "Add" button.

Colors measured with a spectrophotometer contain the spectral values. These are recognizable by the pictogram representing a color palette, located at the top left of the rectangle representing the color.

Lab, do not contain spectral data. These are recognizable by the pictogram representing LAB located at the top left of the rectangle representing the color.

The new color will be add in the color table.

5. Edit the Name and the values of a color

To change the name or Lab values, you just select and modify its

Only colors which do not contain spectral values can be edited (LAB pictogram) To modify the other colors (Color Palette pictogram), they must be recreated manually using the Lab values of the original color.

6. Capture a color with "Add Color" then add it to the Color Table

It's also possible to drag and drop a color measured with the "Add Color" function.

To add the Gold Color to the color Table, I just need to drag and drop it into the table.

7. Trier les couleurs de la table

With Coraye, it is possible to sort the colors of your tables. Sorting is carried out:

  • By name

  • By Hue

  • By Delta E

    To validate the change, click on the button "Re-order patches"

8. Creation of a printable color chart

From the color table, it is possible to create a printable color chart in pdf format, including the index, a first page and crop marks. To create this color chart, you can right click on the color table located in the left column or on the "Create Swatchbook" button when you display the colors of the table.

The window for creating the printable color chart appears

If you have sorted the colors beforehand, the swatch will be created with the sorted colors. The index will take the sorting into account.

For more details on creating the printable color chart, you can refer to the chapter "Create a color chart"

pageCreate a color chart

9. Merge many Color Table

The purpose is to mix many Color Table to update the main Color Table for example.

To do this, simply drag a table into another (one is open in the module allowing you to view the content of the tables, the other is already in the list of files).

In this example we are using a table from Vinyl Avery Dennison®

To avoid an error, a notification asks

10. Export and Convert Color Table

To export you Color Table into different format, you just have to click right and choose your kind of file.

With the right click, you can also Rename, Duplicate or delete you file.

A window displaying the list of the different supported file formats appears.

Each type of export file is customizable. Once the options have been selected, click on the "Export" button to save the file.

Then, use the color chart with your Adobe software or your RIP according to your needs.

Several tutorials are available to help you use color charts

11. Delete a color

Click on the left corner of the color and click on "Delete"

12. Extract sample from a color table (Lab mode)

You can extract a color sample from the color table by a simple drag & drop from the color table preview to the left column.

The color from the table appears in the left column.

Then you can use this color: - To convert it Useful to know the closest CMYK value and to know if a PANTONE® is printable e.g. - To compare it Useful to compare a printed color with a PANTONE® e.g. - To create a new color table Useful to create reference color table for a quality control e.g.

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