Classroom Training



Date:  September 24-25, 2024

Course Fee:  $1,225

Location: Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

Room:  EMU Student Center Ballroom

Instructors:  S. Kendall Scott and Allen Brown



Provide fundamentals of visual color match evaluation and color measurement for industrial color control. Teams use a spectrophotometer and portable Macbeth lighting on projects that demonstrate proper lighting, observer testing, objective terminology for color difference and determination of tolerances. Teams analyze measurement data of the same industrial samples to study correlation of visual to measured results.

Who should attend?

Typical students are lab and quality control technicians, salespeople, marketing specialists, designers, color matchers and production supervisors. Some work in coatings, plastics and textile industries, some in the auto companies and others in companies that produce composite assemblies, especially for the automotive industry.

What you will learn

  • Proper lighting, observer testing and color-order systems and metamerism issues.
  • Objective visual evaluation of color matches, including determination of tolerances and correct terminology for communicating in a multi-site organization.
  • Best color measurement practices in determination of color difference for materials and parts.
  • Team focus on achieving objective results

Course Outline

Day One

  • Visual color match-analysis
  • Visual team-application projects
  • Material coloring processes
  • Student feedback on relevant industry practices

Day Two

  • Color measurement fundamentals
  • Team color measurement project
  • Optimizing color measurement practices
  • Team project and class presentation


For more information, please contact Professional Programs and Training at 734-487-2259 or email

To enroll in a course, please visit our Polymers and Coatings registration site




A Short Course Offered by the Detroit Colour Council


Date:               October 2-3, 2024

Course Fee:   $1,295

Location:        Schoolcraft College

Instructors:    Adriana Pullin, Dominic Tasson, Samantha Gilbert-Eyres, Don Beaudoin

The DCC offers a unique 2-day course in a hands-on format, UNDERSTANDING AND CONTROL OF AUTOMOTIVE EFFECT COLORS, at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan.

The course objective is to help students obtain a good understanding of the nature of effect colors and how to measure and control them. It includes a presentation and demonstration of the entire range of effect pigments used in automotive effect colors and a thorough explanation of how application variables and processing impact the resultant color. It features proper visual effect-color panel evaluation techniques using the AccuAngle™ color protractor and emphasizes the use of correct visual evaluation terminology consistent with industry standards. It includes presentations by several instrument manufacturers on state-of-the-art color measurement of effect colors with multi-angle spectrophotometers to meet the SAE J1545 recommended practice and an in-depth look at various tolerancing methods in use today for automotive effect colors. Correlation of visual to measured data is studied in student projects with effect color samples and parts, using portable lighting, multi-angle spectrophotometer measurements, and the effect-pigment-based SeeRIGHT™ II device. The class will include a good mixture of presentation by industry experts and active, hands-on participation.

Class starts each day at 8:30 am and concludes at 4:30 pm. Schoolcraft College is a convenient drive from Detroit Metro airport. Nearby overnight accommodations are available.

Students are presumed to have some training in color technology and the fundamentals of colorimetry, for example through prior attendance of the Eastern Michigan University Color Technology course or equivalent experience, but we will review these fundamentals at the beginning of this course.

The course fee includes course book, continental breakfast, lunch and snacks each day, and all class supplies. Class is limited to 24 students.

This is a DETROIT COLOUR COUNCIL course, not associated with any university.

Course co-administrators are Jim Hall of General Motors, Christie Navarre of the Thierry Corporation and Frank Pizzo of BASF. Lead instructors are Adriana Pullin from BASF and Dominic Tasson from Axalta Coating Systems.  Also instructing are noted specialists in essential aspects of metallic coloring, Samantha Gilbert-Eyres and Don Beaudoin of Axalta. Color measurement assistance is provided by Rae Roby and Bob Santine of BYK Gardner USA and Scott Reininger representing X-Rite.




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For more information, please contact Professional Programs and Training at 734-487-2259 or email

To enroll in a course, please visit our Polymers and Coatings registration site