Color Management Workshop

August 14, 2024 - August 15, 2024

AATCC Technical Center
1 Davis Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC

Hear world-renowned color experts discuss color principles, lighting effects, developing your color palette, implementing a digital color program, and much more. Ask all your color questions and participate in small-group sessions. This workshop is ideal for merchandisers, retailers, manufacturers, product developers, color approval managers, and designers.


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This workshop is designed for merchandisers, retailers, manufacturers, product developers, color approval managers, specifiers, and designers.  Participants will learn basic color principles; how lighting affects color; what to consider when developing your color palette and how these choices affect cost, fashion, durability, and dyeing reproducibility; how to implement a digital color program with suppliers; how to control shade from concept to production and much more.

Attendance is limited; early registration is encouraged. Registration includes luncheons, breaks, access to the AATCC Color Guidebook, Textile Coloration for the Retail Supply Chain and available presentations.

Attendance is limited; register early.

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8:00 AMWelcome—Diana Wyman, AATCC Executive Vice President
8:15Color Basics: Balancing Theory and Application—Tim Williams, Color Solutions International
This session will address basic color principles and the color experience components of light source, object, environment, and observer. Topics will include descriptive color terminology, color space and protocols for consistency. These will be applied to instrumental measurement, calculations of color difference, and tolerances. The advantages of visual and instrumental evaluation will be presented with a summary of best practices.
9:15Color Communication—Tim Williams, Color Solutions International
Color is one of the key influential buying components for the consumer. Designers spend hours studying trends, analyzing color and shopping key markets in order to identify and assemble their seasonal color palette for their target customer. During this session we will review the key steps necessary to provide accurate color communication from the designer’s inspiration to the supply chain.
10:30Leveraging Digital Technology to Speed the Color Approval Process—Doug Bynum, natific AG
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11:30Understanding Whites and other Fluorescent Materials—Tanga Crosby, Archroma
This presentation will discuss the unique requirements for both visually and instrumentally viewing and controlling the color of optically brightened whites and other fluorescent materials. Because of the unique properties of fluorescent colorants, special considerations are required to properly and effectively view and measure these materials. The lighting conditions needed, and instrumental procedures will be explained as well as the metrics used for rating differences. Issues with new lighting types in relation to these materials will also be discussed.
12:15 PMLunch
1:00Fundamentals of Dyeing and Challenges to Meet Performance Standards—Fred Gliddon, Archroma
This presentation will include the fundamentals of the major dye classes and application parameters to the respective fibers, types of equipment used in production, and challenges often involved in meeting performance specifications.
2:00Breakout A: Illumination and Observer Issues
Facilitator: Tim Williams
•Describe/demonstrate Best Practice for visual evaluation of color difference
•Use samples, light booth, and Simultaneous Color Viewer to demonstrate color
inconstancy and lead discussion of consequences of color inconstant standards.
•Show Farnsworth-Munsell Color Vision Test, describe its use
•Show AATCC Gray Scales, describe their use
Breakout B: Sample Analysis and Measurement Technique
Facilitators: Tanga Crosby (lead) and Carol Revels
•Proper Procedures for good measurements
•How to deal with different materials
•How to select procedures for specific required uses
Breakout C: Implementing Virtual Development in a Digital Workflow
Facilitators: Ken Butts (lead) and Andrew Fraser
•What is virtual development?
•Monitor/printer profiling – applications and limitations
•Digital color from design through formulation
3:15Breakout A: Illumination and Observer Issues Breakout B: Sample Analysis and Measurement Technique Breakout C: Implementing Virtual Development in a Digital Workflow
4:15Breakout A: Illumination and Observer Issues Breakout B: Sample Analysis and Measurement Technique Breakout C: Implementing Virtual Development in a Digital Workflow
5:15Q&A Session
5:30 - 6:30Networking Reception
8:00 AMColor and Lighting: Control, Efficiency, and Compliance—Steve Paolini, Telelumen and Andrew Fraser, Textile Color and Sourcing Solutions LLC
Light sources are changing. Regulations around the world are driving improved energy efficiency, technological developments result in more choices, and businesses respond to on-going pressure to reduce operating costs. In the past, the choice of commercial lighting technologies was mostly limited to incandescent bulbs, CWF-style fluorescent tubes, tri-phosphor fluorescent tubes, and various forms of natural or simulated daylight. Today, residential and commercial customers have far more choices, with additional technologies becoming commercially viable in the near future. This presentation will review various current and emerging lighting technologies, our methods for assessing them, and the practical implications of using the technologies to view colored objects.
8:55Supply Chain Conformance—Why Don’t my Numbers Match Yours?—Ken R. Butts, Datacolor
This session will focus on how to implement a digital color program with suppliers. The concepts of color guidebooks, standard best practices in color measurement, communication, visual assessments, along with ideas on supplier certification/accreditation requirements will be covered. Also included is accreditation program successes (and challenges) and global color management. Factors that contribute to poor agreement in digital color exchange will be discussed - measurement technique, instrument variation, sample conditioning, and the human factor.
10:05The Cost of Color Quality—Andrew Fraser, Textile Color and Sourcing Solutions LLC
This presentation will look at the unforeseen cost of Color Quality from many perspectives. Why do we follow a process that is broken? Why do we do the things that we are doing?…..” That is the way we have always done it!” This is what our customer is asking for!!!!………..Really? Have you read the latest Color Manual Update from our Customer?
It will address:
• The Actual Cost of Dyeing a lab dip and getting it to the Retailer
• The actual time it takes to get a lab dip or bulk approval
• The pitfalls of sending inferior submissions – Time – Money – Resources
• The pitfalls we fall into that create the mess we call the color process
11:00The Evolution and Revolution of Global Color Management—Carol T. Revels, Lands’ End Inc.
This presentation will discuss the many facets of color management and what we can do – big or small – to drive improvement. Anything from tweaking processes and improving communication to tackling color workflow management, print/pattern color management, bulk color management, or mill accreditation for self-approval – all have value in reducing time, costs, and improving quality.
12:40 PMUltra-Portable Color Measurement: A Spectro in Your Pocket?—Ken R. Butts, Datacolor
With the introduction of ultra-portable color measuring devices, the need for designers to purchase garments – or discreetly cut a corner – may be coming to an end. The promise of these devices is that designers can easily measure inspiration colors at the fashion show or in the competitor’s store and quickly determine whether or not the color is in their own library or available from a color standards provider. This session will review the possibilities and limitations of ultra-portable color measurement, not only for design but as a potential low-cost QC tool for some supply chains.
1:40Break Out 1: Processes and Technologies for Better Color Control in the Supply Chain
Facilitators: Tim Williams (lead) and Tanga Crosby
•What specifiers need to know to better communicate with suppliers about color control
•Things to know about dye selection, formulation and dyeing processes for better color control
•Who should be making these decisions?
•How this can lead to more efficient product development
Breakout 2: Realities of Color Management in Retail
Facilitators: Ken Butts (lead) and Carol Revels
•Real-world challenges/successes in retail/apparel implementation of digital color management
•Global process standardization in the supply chain
•Effective color management in multi-sourced programs
•Moving beyond labdips to production performance monitoring
2:55Break Out 1: Processes and Technologies for Better Color Control in the Supply Chain Breakout 2: Realities of Color Management in Retail
3:55Q&A Session
4:15Closing Remarks and Adjourn
Ken Butts is Global Key Account Team Manager at Datacolor. With over 30 years’ experience as a solutions consultant in the textile/apparel industry, Ken has analyzed existing product development processes and implemented effective color management solutions for over 40 of the world’s most well-known retail/brand apparel companies and their global supply chains. Ken is a past chair of RA-36 and regular speaker at AATCC’s annual Color Management Workshop.
Doug Bynum is current Chief Executive Officer at natific USA, Incorporated.
Tanga Crosby is a 1992 graduate of North Carolina State University College of Textiles. Her previous experiences include Manufacturing Mgmt; Shade Control; Color Mgmt & Swatch book Palette Design; Textile Specialist; and Lab & Quality Mgmt (Textiles and Latexes). With many years in the Textile Color Management scope, Tanga has recently joined the Archroma family. Some of her favorite things are light reading, movies, long car rides on pretty days, and meeting new people.
Andrew Fraser is President of Textile Color and Sourcing Solutions LLC. He received a BS in Textile Science form North Carolina State University. Prior experience includes Director of Global Quality Control with InMocean, Director of Color at Consumer Testing Laboratories/UL, Director of Color and Technical Services at Chico’s FAS, Owner and CEO of Fraser Technical Services Consulting, Director of Fabric and Color with Walmart Stores, Inc., and Manager of Color and Physical Testing Laboratories for Victoria’s Secret. Andrew has been a member of AATCC since 1992.
Fred Gliddon, Archroma Color Management – Sales and Dyeing Operations Manager (2013 – Present). Prior roles include: International Textile Group (now Elevate Textiles) – Div. Tech. Svcs. Mgr. / Div. Lab Mgr.; Consumer Testing Laboratories – Color Approval Lab Mgr. Fred has 34 yrs of color, dyeing process development of natural and synthetic wovens, and business development experience. He graduated from the University of South Alabama with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Fred is a husband, father, foodie, and enjoys being outdoors.
Steve Paolini is President of Telelumen LLC. Steve earned a BSEE from Penn State University in 1981 and joined Hewlett Packard, Optoelectronics Division. While at HP he held a variety of engineering and management positions in California, Japan, and Malaysia. In 2000 he joined Lumileds as a founding member. In 2007 he founded Telelumen, where he is currently the President. He was also the CTO at Lunera Lighting and the CTO at NEXT Lighting. He speaks frequently on a variety of topics related to solid state lighting, particularly daylight replication and spectrum. He holds 27 issued patents.
Carol Revels is Director of Color and Sustainability with Lands’ End. She received a BS and Masters in Textile Chemistry form North Carolina State University. Prior affiliations and roles include Gap Inc., Director of Global Color Services; Cone Mills, Manager Color Technology; and SheLyn, Sr. Color Applications Specialist.
Tim Williams is the Marketing Manager for CSI. Tim he has been involved with all aspects of the CSI business, assisting most of the major US Brand and Retailers’ supply chain needs. He is a graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Textile Chemistry. His career spans 35 years and includes a diverse background in Dyeing, Printing, Garment Washing, Color Formulation, and Electronic Color Communication and Color Standardization.

Attendance is limited; early registration is encouraged.
Registration includes luncheons, breaks, access to the AATCC Color Guidebook, Textile Coloration for the Retail Supply Chain and available presentations.

Refunds (less $75 cancellation fee) will be honored if received on or before July 31, 2024. No refunds will be given after July 31.

AATCC Individual & Corporate* MembersNonmembers
Early Registration
(Before July 31, 2024)
Regular Registration
(After July 31, 2024)
*If your company is a corporate member of AATCC, please contact Kim Nicholson to register at the discounted member's rate.

Homewood Suites by Hilton
4603 Central Park Dr.
Durham, NC  27703 USA
telephone +1.919.474.9900

Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly and requesting the AATCC group rate of US$139/night or made online. Reservations must be made by July 22, 2024, to receive the group rate. Reservations made after July 22 are subject to availability and not guaranteed the group rate. Individual cancellations must be made 48 hours prior to arrival.

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