X-Rite ColorChecker Passport and non-Adobe software

ziggy53ziggy53 Still learnin'still lovinPosts: 19,386Super Moderators moderator

While the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport comes with software, the software only works with Adobe RAW converters (ACR, Adobe Camera Raw) to create a custom color profile.

So what do you do if you want to use another manufacturer's RAW conversion software?

The solution lies in knowing what each color square is "supposed to be", so that you can revert the taken image of the Passport color target back to the standard colors X-Rite designed for the system.

Fortunately, X-Rite and a couple of others have provided most of what we need:

X-Rite Colorimetric values for ColorChecker Family of Targets, this is the official sRGB values for each of the color squares, plus it provides Lab values as well.

sRGB values of X-Rite color checker passport, echoes these values, but also superimposes the values onto an image of the color squares of the Passport target, to make it a little easier to use.

But what if you want to use Adobe RGB color space, which can be valuable for landscapes, etc.? (I don't recommend Adobe RGB for skin tones because it allows for fewer red values than sRGB, and human skin can look better in sRGB.)

Fortunately, Robin D. Meyers provides another table of values for the Passport in Adobe RGB color space and also ProPhoto RGB:

ColorChecker Passport Technical Review, starting on page 7

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Armed with the above information, open the starting RAW image of each session, the image which includes the Passport color chart, and perform basic white balance against the color chips designed for that use. Now you can use an eyedropper sampler in your software to check each color patch against the desired values from the charts above, and use your RAW color correction to make changes back to the standard values.

You don't necessarily have to check each color chip, only those critical to your "vision" of the scene.

Once you have made all the desired color changes, save the changes as a camera-color-correction profile and apply the profile to all appropriate images in the session set.

After this, apply any subsequent image processing you desire in your processing workflow.

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  • ziggy53ziggy53 Still learnin'still lovin Posts: 19,386Super Moderators moderator

    My current favorite RAW image processor is Phase One Capture One Pro, and from version 9 upward it contains very nice masking and local adjustment tools, extremely capable for color tone management.

    The following video shows how to use these tools, and that knowledge can be applied to use the data in the above post for precise color tone management.

    Capture One Pro 9 | Using the Color Editor

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  • Gary752Gary752 Major grins Central PAPosts: 933Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 2, 2017

    Ziggy...I have the color checker, and what I found that works best is importing the raw files into lightroom as a dng file. If I remember right that is the file format that the X-Rite software is looking for.

    GaryB
    “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it!”Ansel Adams
  • ziggy53ziggy53 Still learnin'still lovin Posts: 19,386Super Moderators moderator
    edited November 2, 2017

    @Gary752 said:
    Ziggy...I have the color checker, and what I found that works best is importing the raw files into lightroom as a dng file. If I remember right that is the file format that the X-Rite software is looking for.

    Thanks, Gary, but pretty sure that my situation does not apply.

    After being an Adobe Lightroom public beta tester for 2 versions of Lightroom, I determined that I was not a good candidate for Lightroom.

    I have moved my RAW postprocessing workflow to Phase One Capture One Pro and X-Rite software does not work with Phase One software. The DNG files don't factor in because the X-Rite software is not incorporated into the process. (Phase One software uses "ICC" color profiles and does not support Adobe DNG[DCP] color profiles. ICC profiling predates DNG profiling, and is a color matching industry standard. If you have a color-managed computer-monitor-printer setup, it almost certainly uses ICC color profiles. Adobe DNG[DCP] color profiles are proprietary to Adobe software.)

    X-Rite does sell their ProfileMaker Platinum software (~$1300USD) which can generate ICC color profiles with the ColorChecker Passport, but my above process seems to work with no additional costs.

    Am I missing something?

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