Color Management Workshop


Date of Next Workshop TBA (information listed below is from our August 20-21, 2019 workshop)


Hear world renowned color experts discuss color principles, lighting effects, developing your color palette, implementing a Color_Mrt_Workshop_generic_brochure_Coverdigital 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, specifiers, and designers.

Attendance is limited; early registration is encouraged. Registration includes luncheons, breaks, AATCC Color Guidebook, Textile Coloration for the Retail Supply Chain and a copy of all available papers/presentations.

Refunds will be honored if cancellations are received on or before August 5, 2019. No refunds will be given after August 5.  A US$75 cancellation fee will be charged.


AATCC Individual & Corporate* Members Nonmembers
By August 5 US$775 US$1155
After August 5 US$825 US$1205
*If your company is a corporate member of AATCC, you must download the registration form and register offline to receive the member price.


Online Registration   Registration Form(complete the fillable PDF form and return to Kim Nicholson)
Registration Brochure (includes program timetable)


Hotel Indigo Durham
151 Tatum Drive
Durham, NC  27703

Contact the hotel directly and request the  AATCC group rate of US$115/night.  The group rate will be available until August 5, 2019, or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Once the room block is filled the group rate will NOT be honored.

Program Outline

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
8:00AM Welcome and Introduction to Workshop
8:15 Color Basics—Roland L. Connelly, Sr., RoLyn Group Color Consultants
Basic color principles and measurement, calculations of color difference, methods for assessment of color quality for samples (lab dips) and production, measurement variability in digital color control and whiteness. Aspects of lighting in color, retail lighting and how it relates to color testing, best practices in choosing lighting /illuminants and visual color assessment will also be discussed.
 9:45 Break
10:00 Fundamentals of Dyeing and Challenges to Meet Performance Standards—Nelson E. Houser
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.
11:00 Color Communication—Sandy L. Johnson, 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.
12:00PM Lunch
12:50 Understanding Whites and other Fluorescent Materials—Roland L. Connelly, Sr., RoLyn Group Color Consultants
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.
1:35 Color Tolerances in “Black and White”—Ann C. Laidlaw, ACL Color Consulting LLC
Numerical color approval tolerances are commonly used to guide pass/fail decisions in a variety of industries and supply-chain programs. “Wrong” decisions occur with visual or instrumental programs, although they may or may not be accurately identified. When a numerical system yields a perceived “wrong” decision, then confidence in the numerical program may be shaken. This short presentation considers various strategies in setting numerical approval tolerances, and the possible errors associated with each strategy.
Break Outs (1 hour duration - participants will rotate among each break out)
Break Out: Illumination and Observer Issues
• 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

Break Out: Sample Analysis and Measurement Technique
• Proper Procedures for good measurements
• How to deal with different materials
• How to select procedures for specific required uses

Break Out: Implementing Virtual Development in a Digital Workflow
• What is virtual development?
• Monitor/printer profiling – applications and limitations
• Digital color from design through formulation

5:15 Q & A Session
5:30 Adjourn
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
8:00AM Color and Lighting: Control, Efficiency, and Compliance—Ann C. Laidlaw, ACL Color Consulting 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.
8:55 Supply 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.
9:50 Break
10:05 The Cost of Color Quality—Andrew Fraser, InMocean Group 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
11:00 The 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.
11:50 Lunch
12:40PM Ultra-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.
Break Outs (1 hour duration - participants will rotate among each break out)
Break Out: Processes and Technologies for Better Color Control in the Supply Chain
• 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

Break Out: Realities of Color Management in Retail
• 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
3:55 Q & A Session
4:15 Closing Remarks and Adjourn


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