What has two thumbs, drinks Dr. Pepper, and has perfect color vision? THIS GUY! Read on to learn how to test your color vision accuracy.
One out of 12 men and one out of 255 women have some form of color vision deficiency. Because of this, it’s not uncommon to see more female digital techs in the publishing and retouching industries. Statistically, they have more accurate color vision.
So a few days ago, when a fellow photog posted a link to X-Rite’s online color hue vision test, I had to give it whirl to see how my manly eyeballs stacked up. This test is an online version of the Farnsworth Munsell 100 Hue test which has been used by the government for decades to test color vision aptitude.
In the online quiz, you’re challenged with organizing four different color chip swatches by hue. You attempt order the fine hue gradients correctly, between the two fixed hue chips on each end of the swatch. It takes about five minutes, but it’s fun, and informative. A score of zero is good news in this case, meaning you have perfect color vision.
So I spent a few minutes, second guessed a couple swatch choices, reordered some color chips and submitted my results. Nice…a zero score! (see screenshot posted with article, for you doubters). So my valued clients, we may be working off different monitors and have different opinions of what Ferrari red should look like on your product photo. However, my calibrated graphics monitor and my newly proven eyeballs should carry some weight in the decision now. 🙂
(And for those wondering, Ferrari red has an RGB value of 211/34/50 and an approximate HEX #D32232.)
Leave a comment on your test experience! Post up those scores!