The X-Rite ColorChecker is an 8.25" x 11" array of 24 scientifically prepared natural, chromatic, primary and gray scale colored squares in a wide range of colors. Many of the squares represent natural objects, such as human skin, foliage, and blue sky. Since they exemplify the color of their counterparts and reflect light the same way in all parts of the visible spectrum, the squares will match the colors of representative sample natural objects under any illumination and with any color reproduction process.
The ColorChecker can also be used to create a white balance with your digital camera to guarantee precise, uniform, and neutral white under any lighting condition. To compare digital reproductions to real life scenes or test targets, simply include ColorChecker in your first photo (if you're shooting JPEG or traditional) or any photo in the series if you're shooting RAW. Later, in the studio, use it to compare, measure, and analyze differences in color reproduction in any color rendition system. This objective standard will help you avoid costly mistakes and trial-and-error color correction after the fact.
- Digital Photography: Check images, correct white balance and perform color correction.
- Traditional Photography: Check films, lights, filters and paper
- Graphic Arts: Check any printing or proofing process
- Cinematography (Television and Video): Check cameras, lights and film