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.

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) to share with EFI RIP, XRite, PANTONE, ...(Import / Export)

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

  • CSV (.csv) to share with Microsoft Excel, Wasath RIP (Import / Export)

  • Caldera (.lab) (export only)

  • XML (.xml) Coreldraw

  • etc...

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 windows will appear, Choose a range name. Then click on "Continue"

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

Now you can start to pick up colors.

Colors appear with a preview and a default name.

You can edit and change the name Click on "Add to files list" if you want to add color in the left column or/and click on "Add to color table" if you want to add colors directly into the color table.

Colors will appear into the column or/and 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 table.to do that, enter the Lab values and the Color Name in the bottom area and click on the "Add" button.

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.

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 Green Color to the color Table, I just need to drag and drop it.

7. Merge many Color Table

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

Drag and drop a color table into Coraye (Coraye is compatible with .cxf, .aco, .acb, .ase, .csv, .lab (Caldera) files).

In this example we will use a PANTONE spot color table.To use this PANTONE spot color table you must have the licence to use it.

The best way to get it, is to buy a PANTONE Formula Guide.With each of them, you will have a Code to download the PANTONE Color book into digital format with the PANTONE COLOR MANAGER Software.

To merge a color table with an other one, I just need to drag and drop it.

To avoid an error, a notification asks you to confirm the action.

8. 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.

9. Delete a color

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

10. 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.

Then you can use this sample: - 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.