Visual comparison testing of automotive paint simulation

Gary Meyer, Hua Tzu Fan, Christopher Seubert, Curtis Evey, Jan Meseth, Ryan Schnackenberg

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An experiment was performed to determine whether typical industrial automotive color paint comparisons made using real physical samples could also be carried out using a digital simulation displayed on a calibrated color television monitor. A special light booth, designed to facilitate evaluation of the car paint color with reflectance angle, was employed in both the real and virtual color comparisons. Paint samples were measured using a multi-angle spectrophotometer and were simulated using a commercially available software package. Subjects performed the test quicker using the computer graphic simulation, and results indicate that there is only a small difference between the decisions made using the light booth and the computer monitor. This outcome demonstrates the potential of employing simulations to replace some of the time consuming work with real physical samples that still characterizes material appearance work in industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE-IS and T Electronic Imaging - Measuring, Modeling, and Reproducing Material Appearance 2015
EditorsFrancisco H. Imai, Philipp Urban, Maria V. Ortiz Segovia
ISBN (Electronic)9781628414882
StatePublished - 2015
EventMeasuring, Modeling, and Reproducing Material Appearance 2015 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Feb 9 2015Feb 10 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherMeasuring, Modeling, and Reproducing Material Appearance 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 SPIE-IS&T.


  • Color
  • Color comparison
  • Color measurement
  • Computer graphics
  • Realistic image synthesis


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