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Old 01-10-2017, 11:41 AM
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Help with reading the color numbers on Polychromos colored pencils??!!

OK, maybe I am just a martian, but I have the hardest time reading the color numbers and color name on the barrels of Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. The gold markings are super hard to see because the lighting of the room causes glare for me. I am not otherwise visually impaired, but I have had to actually resort to using a magnifying glass in order to read the gold lettering and numbers. Had anyone else had this problem? and what to do? I tried using a black Sharpie to mark the numbers in black on the barrels of the pencils but it smudges off easily. This is a really frustrating problem for me (yes, I realize it is not a biggie in life overall, but it makes it hard for me to use them) and I would love to heard whether this plagues anyone else! thanks so much!
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Old 01-10-2017, 12:23 PM
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Re: Help with reading the color numbers on Polychromos colored pencils??!!

I haven't really had any trouble reading the text on my Polys. They most certainly aren't the comfiest to read but I can still see the text well enough. Granted the regular lighting in our apartment is rather dim.

Have you tried bringing the pencils next to a window so you can try and read them in daylight?
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Old 01-10-2017, 01:09 PM
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Re: Help with reading the color numbers on Polychromos colored pencils??!!

I know exactly how you feel. The gold letters along with the glossy finish of the pencils make them equally reflective and makes it hard to read the labels under certain lighting conditions. Also, reflecting dark colored surfaces contribute to the problem. My solution is to wear light colored cloths, point the letters away from light sources and try to make the gold letters to reflect the light colored cloths (basically try to avoid making them reflect any light source and dark surfaces).
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Old 01-10-2017, 04:48 PM
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Re: Help with reading the color numbers on Polychromos colored pencils??!!

I'm with you. I struggle to read the numbers even with my reading glasses on. I don't think it's my vision just the fact that they don't contrast well at all.
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Old 01-10-2017, 05:06 PM
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Re: Help with reading the color numbers on Polychromos colored pencils??!!

I usually pick my colors directly but if I need to select from numbers by using a chart I filled out. That way I only struggled the one time to read the numbers.

Luminance pencils are actually worse.
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:03 PM
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Re: Help with reading the color numbers on Polychromos colored pencils??!!

Thanks for letting me know I am not alone! I even called the US affiliate for Faber Castell to ask them and they said they have never heard this issue before! I think I am going to get tiny labels and affix them to the barrels. I will also try the suggestion of wearing light clothes when using them to reduce light glare. I appreciate the feedback!
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Re: Help with reading the color numbers on Polychromos colored pencils??!!

Try twisting slowly the pencil while you hold it, as you regularly do when you draw, and try to find an angle where the gold letters will reflect your white T-shirt back to your eyes.

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Re: Help with reading the color numbers on Polychromos colored pencils??!!

Yes, share your problem, I usually choose by colours not number, when I really need to check the number, I have to keep rotating the pencil, and my head, too. ^0^
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Re: Help with reading the color numbers on Polychromos colored pencils??!!

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OK, maybe I am just a martian, but I have the hardest time reading the color numbers and color name on the barrels of Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. The gold markings are super hard to see because the lighting of the room causes glare for me. I am not otherwise visually impaired, but I have had to actually resort to using a magnifying glass in order to read the gold lettering and numbers. Had anyone else had this problem? and what to do? I tried using a black Sharpie to mark the numbers in black on the barrels of the pencils but it smudges off easily. This is a really frustrating problem for me (yes, I realize it is not a biggie in life overall, but it makes it hard for me to use them) and I would love to heard whether this plagues anyone else! thanks so much!


You might have too much light too close then. I have no problems to read them at mid day sunlight.
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Re: Help with reading the color numbers on Polychromos colored pencils??!!

If you want to mark your pencils without sticky labels you could try slicing a small portion of paint off with a very sharp blade and writing on the bare wood (or paint the bare wood to seal it and write on that). Then you only have to work out the numbers once. I find the caran d'ache pencils are far worse to read personally.
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Re: Help with reading the color numbers on Polychromos colored pencils??!!

some time ago I've bought an open-stock of derwent artists and most of them had almost arased numbers. So, I wrote numbers on paper, cut them out and sticked down with transparent adhesive tape. Just on the tips of pencils. This ordinary tape can be romoved without leaving traces.
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Re: Help with reading the color numbers on Polychromos colored pencils??!!

I also find the gold markings a little difficult to read. Things like that should have been made more user friendly long ago.
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Re: Help with reading the color numbers on Polychromos colored pencils??!!

thank you everyone for your help! Mostly it is just nice to know that this is a peeve for other people too, I agree that this should have been corrected a long time ago, and it wouldn't be a hard fix in my opinion. Alas, I have yet to be nominated Queen of the World, LOL
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Re: Help with reading the color numbers on Polychromos colored pencils??!!

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thank you everyone for your help! Mostly it is just nice to know that this is a peeve for other people too, I agree that this should have been corrected a long time ago, and it wouldn't be a hard fix in my opinion. Alas, I have yet to be nominated Queen of the World, LOL


Probably because for many people we cannot understand how would be hard to read that. You might have found something interesting. Vision is dfifferent for different groups of people. Maybe there is a part of population that do not see gold as a large contrast color.
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Re: Help with reading the color numbers on Polychromos colored pencils??!!

I've not tried this on polychromos, but I've done it with Derwent where the gold was wearing off...
Rub a white (or black) pencil over the number, then rub it with your finger. The numbers are stamped in the wood so they hold the white. You could also use a wax crayon. Hope it helps!
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