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Color picker Assistant Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247015D
Publication Date: 2016-Jul-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 69K

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This disclosure offers a solution to identify and automatically provide information about the best combination of raw color that need to be mixed in order to create a target color. This idea would be interesting especially as a useful tool for painting (artistic or not)

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Color picker Assistant

A lot of painting techniques require to mix colors in order to create new colors.

    This is particularly true for oil, watercolor or acrylic color that can be easily mixed. Today, if we summarize it, when an artist wants to reproduce a « natural » color he needs to:

    1. Find this color in a color book / color picker. A lot of books, list thousands of color variations.

2. Check how to create this color with « raw » colors.

Example: to create a light green you need to mix: 60 % of yellow [Ref. Y1] and 40 % of green (Ref. G1). In function of the target color that we want to create we can even have multiple recipes for the same color. (ex: 70% of yellow [Ref. Y2] and 25% of green [G2] and 5% of white.

    3. With this information the artist can pick a recipe that match with the colors that he has in his stock.

    4. But here are many 'green' or 'yellow' colors, depending on the pigment, so the result can be very different.

    5. And even with the same pigment, the color from a vendor to another can be very different.

    But this way to work lead to multiple problem mainly related to the fact that every step has to be done « manually ». And everyone has a different perception of the color.

    If we don't have a specific reference (ex: Yellow Y1) it does not make sense to check this recipe. In fact, it could even be impossible to create specific color if we don't have the good reference. But there is not way to know by advance, automatically if a drawing will be doable or not because we have to check and study every color manually.

    This way to work is also not optimal because if multiple new colors have to be created, the recipes chosen could require a certain number of "raw" colors. A better selection of these recipe could decrease the number of required "raw" colors.

    Our idea is to help the artist to analyze a scene in order to tell him and to help him to create the exact color.

    Our solution would use:
- A camera to analyze the color and convert it as a understandable data. Camera could also be used...