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Color Matching via Android App. that spits out Hobby Store paints

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Color Matching via Android App. that spits out Hobby Store paints
Posted by davefr on Monday, April 4, 2022 2:42 PM

Is there such a thing as an Android App where I can point my phone at any color sample and it will spit out the best matches in Hobby store paints like Tamiya, Humbrol, etc?  

I've found a color picker app but it spits out hex RGB codes.  I'd like to go one step further and have it spit out closest paint matches found in hobby stores.

 

 

  • Member since
    July 2009
  • From: North Carolina
Posted by Back to the bench on Monday, April 4, 2022 10:22 PM

I have been playing with one called Model Paints on my iPhone. You can use the phone camera or an existing photo and get paint matches. The paint manufacturer data base is fairly extensive. I have been playing with the free version. The paid version is 2.99/yr and unlocks a few features. I can't vouch for final paint results accuracy but it's a fairly impressive little app. I suspect an Android version is availabl.

Gil

  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 8:37 AM

One thing you can do if you have a scanner with your computer and a decent graphics program is to scan a sample or photograph with the color.  Most graphics programs will show you the RGB or various other analyses.  These can be used to determine how close a color is.

 

  • Member since
    July 2009
  • From: North Carolina
Posted by Back to the bench on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 5:30 PM

[quote user="missileman2000"]

One thing you can do if you have a scanner with your computer and a decent graphics program is to scan a sample or photograph with the color.  Most graphics programs will show you the RGB or various other analyses.  These can be used to determine how close a color is.

 

 

Thanks for the advice, that's a clever way to compare paint samples for accuracy.

Gil

  • Member since
    October 2009
Posted by JacknewbIII on Monday, May 23, 2022 1:02 AM

Check out hobby color converter app. It can even track which colors you already have etc.

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Monday, May 23, 2022 2:06 AM

To quote a classic:

Is that trip really necessary?

On one hand the equipment itself introduces a lot of error, like is your camera calibrated? and what's the lighting like? On the other side you got the 1:1 colors being altered by fading, dust, mixing with funny things like diesel fuel or paint leftovers and so on. Then you got this nice effect I've seen some time ago that a paint is a perfect match in the natural lighting but not anymore in artificial lighting.

In the end I'd personally vouch for looking at different paints and experimenting and mixing - as opposed to looking for the best phone app as this seems to me a lot like a waste of time. But of course this ist just my opinion - good luck with  your painting and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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