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GretagMacbeth ColorChecker Charts

I've read your review on GretagMacbeth Mini ColorChecker Charts. I wonder that, Do GretagMacbeth ColorChecker Charts 8" x 11.5" made of the same material as the mini one? And are they water resistant?, I guess no. I want to take photo outdoor, but I'm afraid that the mini GretagMacbeth ColorChecker Charts may be too small for portrait or landscape photo, as you mentioned. Please advice which one I should buy.

I found in amazon that there are 2 products listed for GretagMacbeth ColorChecker Charts: Gretag Macbeth Color Checker Exposure Aid, 8 1/2" x 11" and Gretag Macbeth ColorChecker Chart, 8.5" x 11.5" . Both are the same price. I'm quite confuse. Do you know the different between the two?

And do you hear about QPCard? It's the gray + black + white card. If you experienced using this card or have some info, please let me know. I'm quite interested in this card because of it's cheap price (about 13$).

Thank you in advance for your advice

Mon, 25 Sep 2006 19:20:24 -0700

Iyares, the larger ColorChecker chart is made out of much better material. (I'll have to find some time and give it a thorough review.) I don't know its composition, but it is like rubber/plastic. It is resistant. However, I would advice against getting anything on the charts, as contamination could change its reflectivity.

I don't know the difference between these two charts you found on Adorama:

  • Gretag Macbeth Color Checker Exposure Aid, 8 1/2" x 11"
  • Gretag Macbeth ColorChecker Chart, 8.5" x 11.5"

As far as I know, there is only one version of the bigger 24-color ColorChecker chart: 8-1/2"x11". The pictures that Adorama provided looks exactly the same. Perhaps it's an inventory mistake.

I have never seen the QPCard before. It sounds like the card that I got from the back of "Spring Into Digital Photography and "The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers" (see photos of the cards in these links). I'll take a look at the QPCard when I have time.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 26 Sep 2006 11:01:44 -0700

Dear Chieh,

Thank you for your prompt reply. Your suggestion help me a lot in making decision to by the larger ColorChecker chart.

I follow your link, but QPcard is different. It has black gray and white block. You can find more information about QPCard at

Thank you again

Thu, 28 Sep 2006 10:38:20 -0700

The links to the training videos are broken, because GretagMacbeth was acquired by Xrite/Munsell. Because it's all under, the links have changed. The training videos can now be found at: Product Solutions

Mon, 07 Jan 2008 06:19:30 +0000

Hey, nice tips. I'll buy a glass of beer to the man from that chat who told me to visit your blog :)

Ex Girlfiend
Thu, 09 Apr 2009 00:14:04 +0000

How do I use GretagMacbeth ColorChecker Charts on photoshop? Thanks.

Fri, 07 Aug 2009 01:20:02 +0000

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