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Old 07-09-2011, 04:58 AM
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Cheap Accurate Colour Checker Tool

You may have heard of the Carder method Colour Checker Tool which he has invented and apparently patented. I just bought one and believe me it wasn't cheap. $50 inc shipping to the UK. Well it turns out that my nail cutter can also be used as a colour checker, be it a more accurate smaller area one.

I've attached some photos. Yet to use them both but will keep you informed.

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Old 07-09-2011, 11:11 AM
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Re: Cheap Accurate Colour Checker Tool

That's brilliant!
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:10 AM
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Re: Cheap Accurate Colour Checker Tool

Great idea, never would have thought of it!
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:55 PM
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Thank you good idea !!
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Old 07-23-2011, 01:42 AM
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Re: Cheap Accurate Colour Checker Tool

Just get a piece of gray cardboard, cut it about 3" x 4" and punch a hole in it.

I did a small painting of violets in a pot. I looked at the real-live plant's leaves and then looked through the hole. I saw a slightly different color than my preconceived ideas. I tried to mix the correct color, compared the paint mix on my brush, etc... made the painting much better and realistic. The leaves reflected the crimson background.
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Old 07-23-2011, 01:43 AM
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Re: Cheap Accurate Colour Checker Tool

Me again. BTW, that is a great idea; never would have thought of it either.
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Old 07-23-2011, 04:49 AM
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Re: Cheap Accurate Colour Checker Tool

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Just get a piece of gray cardboard, cut it about 3" x 4" and punch a hole in it.
That sounds like a terrific idea, too! Only, 3" x 4" sounds big. Is there a particular reason for it to be that size?
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Re: Cheap Accurate Colour Checker Tool

I think artists are naturally creative and inventive, so I am not surprised that you both came up with these ideas.
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Re: Cheap Accurate Colour Checker Tool

What do you use this for, just as a visual aid to see only 1 color? Wouldn't the size of that hole prevent it from getting enough light?
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Re: Cheap Accurate Colour Checker Tool

AmritS. $50.00 that's nearly £32.00 UK! I appreciate that you are paying for the 'patented idea'. But that is a lot of money for a small piece of painting equipment! I think painting is like a lot of 'hobbies'. You pay for an idea you see advertised, Some, like this one, work as advertised, others do not. It's only when you get your hands on one that you see the alternative ways of achieving the same result, often at a lower cost. We cannot blame the 'inventor'. They are hoping to capitalize on their idea. Lets face it. It must have seemed like a revelation to the originator. It makes you wiser next time you see the 'magic bullet' advertised.
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Re: Cheap Accurate Colour Checker Tool

you may be interested in one that hone made with a bigger hole, here.

also btw, when loading pics, if you tile them vertically by putting a space in there instead of tiling them hozizontally with no space, then you avoid the dreaded super-gigantor wide screen effect that makes you scroll all the way over here in neverland .
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Sibledsoe, now you're talking! Good stuff.
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A few years ago, I took a workshop from Marc Hanson. He suggested we use a dark strip of mattboard with several vertical hole punches evenly spaced. This way we could see value and color differences in the horizon and and the foreground, simultaneously.
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Re: Cheap Accurate Colour Checker Tool

I just use a single hole punch and some paper.
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That's brilliant!
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