Pantone has released the CAPSURE, a device which allows any surface or material to be sampled, then matched to a pantone for later use. This means a studio photographer can have a reference point for a particular shade of clothing when editing a shot, or an interesting texture replicated as a background.
The CAPSURE comes pre-loaded with over 8,000 colours and complete with a software package to process the information. The CAPSURE is available now for £499. More information is at www.pantone.com
Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company (NASDAQ:
XRIT) and the global authority on colour and provider of professional colour
standards for the design industries, today announces CAPSURETM, a compact,
handheld device that lets design professionals, contractors and do-it-yourselfers
confidently measure and match colour inspiration instantly – from small,
patterned, multi-coloured textures and textiles to walls and carpeting.
Created for professionals in fashion, home, interior, industrial and graphic
design, as well as contractors and do-it-yourselfers, CAPSURE allows users to
accurately identify colour inspiration from any surface, material or fabric and
match it to a PANTONE® Color for easy communication. With unsurpassed accuracy,
CAPSURE significantly reduces the time it takes to measure or choose a colour
from a sample or any other form of colour inspiration.
“CAPSURE’s advanced image capture technology sets a new standard for
accuracy and versatility in a portable device,” said Giovanni Marra, director
of corporate marketing at Pantone. “The real power of CAPSURE is its ability to
measure the colour of any surface, including small, patterned and
multi-coloured textures and textiles, which can confound other instruments
because of their textural complexity, and quickly match them to more than 8,000
The device uses powerful tri-directional image capture technology that
eliminates the shadows and interference inherent to patterned and textured
materials and surfaces. By illuminating the surface being measured from three
different directions while simultaneously recording 27 colour-accurate images
in 1.6 seconds, CAPSURE can extract up to four dominant colours from an
intricate pattern so the viewer can clearly identify the desired colour.
Livia Ximénez-Carrillo and Christine Pluess of design house Mongrels in Common
“Capsure is ideal for the development of new fabric colours. It is crucial that
any new colours we use will complement existing ones and allow for blending and
combining. With Capsure this process is so much easier than it has been in the
past. With just one click, the device accurately identifies all of the colours
in an existing fabric – even in a complex pattern. All we need to do is provide
our fabric manufacturers in Italy with the Pantone colour or colours the device
identified. This way we can be absolutely confident that the colours of any new
fabrics suit our existing ones.”
CAPSURE’s image capture technology lets professionals preview what they are
measuring on its 1.75 inch colour screen, in real-time, to affirm image
accuracy. Those images are then stored on the device for later reference. CAPSURE
has the ability to record the last 100 colours measured for later reference.
Users can also annotate colours with a voice recording as well as a time and
date stamp. Additionally, the device provides harmonious shades and identifies
related colours that are lighter, darker or similar in tone to the identified
CAPSURE comes pre-loaded with all PANTONE Color Libraries allowing users to
match more than 8,000 colours with a single device. Users can also toggle
across multiple PANTONE Libraries and cross-match any material or surface. CAPSURE
· The PANTONE FASHION + HOME
Color System Library (paper and cotton) for fashion and home;
· The PANTONE PAINT + INTERIORS
Library (paper and cotton) for architecture and interiors;
· The PANTONE PLUS SERIES Formula
Guide (coated and uncoated), PANTONE PLUS SERIES CMYK (coated and uncoated) and
the PANTONE GoeTM System (coated and uncoated) for graphic design, printing and
publishing; providing sRGB, Adobe RGB, HTML, Lab and XYZ values for multimedia
For convenient remote use, the device is powered by a rechargeable lithium
battery that lasts for thousands of measurements on a single charge.
CAPSURE Palette Application Software
The CAPSURE Palette Application Software provides convenient access to saved
colour measurements, details and tags, and allows users to view measured colour
samples with selectable lighting conditions on their computer screen. Users can
also create palettes with their favorite shades or custom palettes for a
specific project. All palettes can be synchronized with popular design
applications including Adobe® Creative Suite® and QuarkXPress®.
CAPSURE Sync ensures that CAPSURE is always updated with the most current
colour selections, new colour ranges and specialty collections.
Pricing and Availability
CAPSURE is available immediately for €550/£499 at www.pantone.com http://www.pantone.com> . CAPSURE Sync
is available for both PC and Mac users and is included, free-of-charge, with
each CAPSURE device. The Palette Application Software is available for
download, free-of-charge, upon product registration. The Palette Application
Software is PC-compatible; Macintosh support is expected in January 2011.