September 22, 2013

How Well Do You See Shades & Hues? A Quiz

I thought I was pretty good at discerning the differences between shades and hues of colours, and in the scheme of things, I guess I am… But after I took this little quiz, I didn’t do as well as I thought I did.

X-Rite, the company which owns Pantone® the colour matching system, has this amazing quiz in which you move blocks, shading from one colour to another, in the proper order. image

It looks like there’s a huge variation in the hues from one end to the other, but there’s only a subtle change. Since one out of 12 men and one out of 225 women have colour deficiency, this is an excellent way to see whether you do or not.

Take the test here, or click the image above. Let us all know how you did. The lower your score, the better you see colour. I got a 27.

37 comments:

  1. 40 - afterwards it was making me dizzy by the third line! :)

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  2. I got a 29...don't know how great that is. Since its backwards I guess its like getting a 71% :(

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    1. they seem to have a scale from 0-99, but others have higher scores than that!

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  3. One of the funnest things ever. I got a very middle of the road 48. Not surprisingly for a male, my big problems were in the green/blue range. Now that I have taken the test, I would love to do it again but being able to turn on/off numbers on each tile so I could see in detail where I went wrong.

    I wish every paint company would categorize their chips on a cool/warm spectrum. I would find that immensely helpful.

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  4. Fun test! I got a 12. According to the site, having a calibrated monitor makes a difference. My monitor is not calibrated.
    Paula ~ Mise en scène

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    1. that's the issue that a lot of people have - bad monitor.

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  5. I scored a 7 - I have always had a good eye for color but must admit I didn't expect this.

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  6. 26. Probably should try it again without the fluorescent kitchen light distorting everything within two miles. Thanks for the fun suggestion. Hugs to Connor.

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  7. Meg, I got an 8! Thought I would have done better but it is admittedly early in the morning and I am not in good light. Fun test...thanks for sharing!
    R David

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  8. I had a score of 11. -- Miss M.A.

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  9. 6! This would be a fun iPhone game.

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    1. having this on a smart phone would send me over the edge!

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  10. An 8 and I feel great. I've had cataract surgery on both eyes.

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    1. My mother was shocked at the change in colours after she had her cataract surgery!

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  11. i got a 61 and I thought I had a good eye for color. duh. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  12. I took this test last year and I beat (I guess that would be the word) Peggy's score of 61, the result of a perfect storm of excuses: the earliness of the hour, my monitor's calibration, and the fluorescent light in Anon8:43's kitchen. I live over THREE miles from that thing and it's still causing problems. Oh, well. Anyway, when it comes to color, I've learned to avoid 'mismatching' by using strong color & value contrasts. Subtle color relations are a minefield.

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  13. I got 0 - a perfect score! A little in shock over that (though the test does say that if your monitor is calibrated correctly, it makes things easier so I don't get full credit!) But man, my eyes are still watering from staring at the computer so closely!

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  14. I got an 11! Boy, was I surprised. But it truly became sort of a symphonic harmony game. I've always wanted to be a synesthete and this gave me a feeling of it. Thanks for a wonderful game. Now, I'm trying to de-bug my eyes. It does take a lot of concentration.

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  15. I got a 4! I also feel great! -Nonnie

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  16. Got a six. The turquoise line totally sank me!

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  17. I got a 4. Missed in the blues.

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  18. This was fun -- I got an 8. The turquoise blues were challenging. Hmmmm...I wonder how you improve? Since I started painting about ten years ago, I got a handle on warm and cool tones.

    Thanks,
    Sabrina

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