Creative Force has a number of different ways that you can manage your colour references depending on your needs. Either allows you to upload a colour accurate image as a colour reference at the photography step, or later on down the line, during or after post-production

First thing first, go to your Workflows -> Settings.

There are three options you can choose with Color Reference:

  • Request from the First Production type

  • Request from Specific Production type

  • Use Selection from Production type

  1. Request from the First Production type

This means that you will need to provide image(s), a minimum of 1 image and a maximum of 10, to be used as a color reference when the First Production type is produced. You will need to provide it at the Photography step.

With this option, I have the workflow GQ color ref 1 with the below settings:

  • Two production types: On Model and Tabletop

  • Color reference: Request from the First Production type

  • Post-production: Internal post

When you scan a product in Kelvin you will have to transfer all the requested images as set in the style guide and additional images to be used as color references.

Please note: The color reference will be required at the production type you choose to produce first whether it’s On Model or Tabletop in this example.

After uploading the images, the editing team will receive the information right away. They can see the color reference image in their HUE.

2. Request from Specific production type

This means that you will assign from which production type you want to request the color reference image(s). You will need to provide it at the Photography step.

With this option, I have the workflow GQ color ref 2 with the below settings:

  • Two production types: On Model and Tabletop

  • Color reference: Request from Specific production type -> Tabletop

  • Post-production: Internal post

When the On Model is produced first, Kelvin won’t ask for the color reference.

Since the color reference is only created in the Tabletop production type, this product for On Model is now waiting for a color reference. This means that the task is not available for Internal Post yet.

Then, when it’s time to produce the Tabletop, Kelvin will ask for the color reference.

The color reference is now available for both production types, Creative Force will release both production types to Internal Post.

3. Use Selection from Production type

This means that you will assign from which production type and at which step you want to select the color reference image(s).

With this option, you have to specify which position in the style guide you want to use as a color reference. Otherwise, Creative Force will automatically choose the first position.

For this example, I have the workflow GQ color ref 3 with the below settings:

  • Two production types: On Model and Tabletop

  • Color reference: Use Selection from Production type -> Tabletop -> Photo Review

  • Photo review: All positions

  • Post-production: Internal post

  • Style guide: Color reference is Back position in Tabletop

This works in a similar way as the second option, if the On Model is produced first, Creative Force will hold it until the color reference is available. And the color reference is only available after the Photo Review of Tabletop is done.

NOTE:

When you have more than one production type, and you reset one of them:

  • Creative Force will remove the color reference file if it is not in use by any other production type

  • Creative Force will keep the color reference file if it is in use by any other production type

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