Patraw wrote:I was reading a mystery novel the other night, and the main character was working on restoring a theatre and the subject of matching paint came up. According to said book, you can bring a sample of any paint down to the paint department at a store and they can match it using computer software, so, even though the story was a work of fiction, I'm assuming said software actually exists. And, sure enough, a Google search confirms this:
This article also seems like it would be helpful:
Patraw wrote:I could be wrong, but I don't imagine that the type of paint would make too much of a difference. I would think that the pigment component of the paint is what's of primary importance in the analysis/matching process, not the binder or solvent, but, then again, I'm not a paint technician, so I'm just guessing here.
Truwe316 wrote:Reaper has something like this on their site:
I think the original poster needs to know that matching exact paint is difficult to do since factory paint and hobby paint are two different types, so you will have to mix paint to get something exact most times. Also, this above site is just an estimation of the paint color.
Also, will not find the exact paint based on the plastic color that has been molded because, well, it is not paint.
Patraw wrote:I guess I was thinking more along the lines of having the program on your own computer at home, rather than going to the paint department. I imagined inputting a hex code, or whatever, for the color you want to make, and then the program telling you what proportions you would need to mix in order to make it (i.e., two parts white, one part brown, one part yellow for a shade of flesh tone).
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