Color Management Workshop


Date of Next Workshop is August 20-21, 2019 (details available soon)
(details listed below are from the 2018 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 July 31, 2018. No refunds will be given after July 31.  A US$75 cancellation fee will be charged.


AATCC Individual & Corporate* Members Nonmembers
By July 31 US$750 US$1119
After July 31 US$800 US$1169
*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 (fillable PDF)
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$112/night.  The group rate will be available until July 24, 2018, 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

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
8:00AM Welcome and Introduction to Workshop
8:15 Session 1: Color Communication: Color Theory 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 Session 2: Dye Selection for Desired Fastness Requirements – Nelson E. Houser, Archroma U.S. Inc.
This presentation will explore the major dye classes and respective fibers with reference to performance issues such as shade, levelness, and colorfastness. The intent is for a better understanding of issues facing the wet processor and how important communications is between all involved in the process from “concept to consumer.”
11:00 Session 3: Color Communication: Best Practices – 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 Session 4: 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 Session 5: 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.
2:00 Break Out Period 1

  • Illumination and Observer Issues
  • Sample Analysis and Measurement Technique
  • Implementing Virtual Development in a Digital Workflow
3:00 Break
3:15 Break Out Period 2

  • Illumination and Observer Issues
  • Sample Analysis and Measurement Technique
  • Implementing Virtual Development in a Digital Workflow
4:15 Break Out Period 3

  • Illumination and Observer Issues
  • Sample Analysis and Measurement Technique
  • Implementing Virtual Development in a Digital Workflow
5:15 Q & A Session
5:30 Adjourn
Thursday, August 16, 2018
8:00AM Session 6: 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 Session 7: 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 Session 8: Matching Heather Fabrics – What Could Be Easier? – Ryan Stanley, PVH Corp.
Even in this era of master spectral data, matching heather fabrics continues to be a problem for brands and mills because, unlike spectral data for solid colors, no objective, measurable standard is in place for comparison.  Even when physical standards exist, there is no industry best practice defining how non-solid colors can be instrumentally measured, let alone for using dye formulation and correction software in matching.  This paper will outline the results of three approaches using spectral data as the sole means for color matching and evaluation on a subset of reserve heather fabrics (fabrics constructed of a single yarn composed of two dyeclass dependent fibers, one of which is reserved as white after the dyeing process is complete).
11:00 Session 9: The Evolution and Revolution of Global Color Management – Carol T. Revels, Lands’ End Inc.
11:50 Lunch
12:40PM Break Out Period 4

  • What is Color Formulation?
  • Production Evaluation and Control
  • Color Control in the Supply Chain
1:40 Break Out Period 5

  • What is Color Formulation?
  • Production Evaluation and Control
  • Color Control in the Supply Chain
2:40 Break
2:55 Break Out Period 6

  • What is Color Formulation?
  • Production Evaluation and Control
  • Color Control in the Supply Chain
3:55 Q & A Session
4:15 Closing Remarks and Adjourn


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