Frequently Asked Questions

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Most Common FAQs

How do I assemble my light booth?

All VeriVide products including the CAC light booths are supplied with set up instructions and the CAC come with detailed assembly instructions. We also have this easy to follow step by step video guide. 

How often should my Pantone books be replaced?

It is recommended to replace your Pantone books at least every 12-18 months, however this does depend on how you store and use them! For instance the fan guides or smaller books like the Passport which are left open on your desk or at the end of the press and are used daily will deteriorate sooner than the master copy of the books stored in away in a locked cupboard in the dark. Some of the reasons for damage to the books can be found below - not to mention spilling your coffee or accidentally marking with a biro!
  • Handling = smearing and removing pigment from natural oils on fingertips
  • Pages rubbing together = scratching or removing pigment
  • Light exposure = fading
  • Paper aging = yellowing effects
  • Ambient moisture = accelerated paper aging
  • Natural pigment expiration = faster, noticeable colour variation, especially in lighter and pastel colours
Reminder to replace your Pantone books

Who is VeriVide?

VeriVide manufacture specialist lighting and imaging tools for visual and digital assessment of colour and appearance. All products are manufactured at our Head Office in Enderby, Leicestershire and distributed globally by our network of distributors. VeriVide has been at the forefront of developing and updating worldwide and customer specific standards for over 57 years. Many global brands consult VeriVide when setting their global colour standards for suppliers. It is for this reason, that VeriVide has developed long-term relationships with supply chains throughout the world.

Who uses VeriVide products?

VeriVide serves any industry where products must meet a visual quality goal. This means that our products are used in industries as varied as currency and identification card manufacturers, cosmetics, food and food packaging, pharmaceuticals and dish soap and all manner of textiles. We can help you to match a colour, look for physical faults and comply with international standards.

What is our Colour Assessment Cabinet (CAC)?

Our CAC cabinets provide the ideal conditions for visual assessment of colour and appearance.  They consist of the key components in the image below, all of which are controlled to meet strict industry standards. They come in a variety of sizes to suit your application and are primarily used to make pass/fail decisions when comparing a standard against batch in the production process for items such as clothing, plastics, food and automotive components.

Which light sources is the CAC fitted with?

CAC cabinets are usually fitted with 4 or 5 different light sources. A standard daylight source: CIE D65 or CIE D50 (can sometimes be supplied with both), one or two Point of Sale illuminants such as 840P15, CWF, or LED, UltraViolet for the detection of optical brightening agents, and a tungsten filament source; CIE A or VeriVide F. Viewing your product under a variety of different standardised light sources will highlight any manufacturing problems such as metamerism and ensure the colour and appearance will be acceptable to the consumer in real world lighting conditions.

What is our Colour Control Cabinet (CCC)?

CCC cabinets are designed specifically for the printing industry and are taller cabinets to accommodate a feature that is unique to VeriVide – a concave viewing deck (curved back). This ensures that the angle between the printed image and the observer’s eyes is made to minimise specular reflection from the print. This is especially important if there is a glossy surface. Specular reflection is the white glow you can see when light bounces off a glossy surface and if this is present it interferes with your ability to see the true colour of the print. In CCC cabinets the viewing deck is magnetic, so that small magnets can secure the prints in place leaving your hands free for holding the colour standards or recording observations.

What light sources are the CCC fitted with?

CCC cabinets are fitted as standard with a single light source – CIE D50 Daylight which is a requirement of ISO 3664:2009, but they can also be fitted with additional light sources such as store light or CIE D65 Daylight if required.

Why do I need standardised viewing conditions?

Textile Retailer
Standardised viewing conditions help you ensure that the garments you produce are as faithful a representation of the original design as possible, that the product or garments look as they should in store and that you avoid metamerism.

Textile Manufacturer
Standardised viewing conditions, often specified by your manufacturer, ensure that you can accurately produce garments as intended; cutting out costly re-runs and even loss of business. They ensure that the fabric you have chosen looks how it should under your client’s point of sale lighting and it does not suffer from metamerism.

Standardised lighting conditions ensure that the recipes you formulated or chose based on existing software and spectrophotometer data look as they should to the consumer. Your customers need the products to look as intended and for most of your clients; spectral data alone does not give them the same peace of mind as visually assessed samples or products.

Flexographic Printer
Standardised lighting helps flexographic printers working with brand or spot colours ensure they meet the high standards expected. In a growing and increasingly competitive market, ensuring that finished products are accurate representations of the original design can be achieved by using VeriVide’s specialist print and packaging range.

Quality Assurance
For quality assurance specialists, visual assessment is a vital part of ensuring high-quality products. Assessing not just colour, but how a product appears, whether there are visual inconsistencies is a vital part of many companies quality assurance. For food manufacturers, it is used to ensure consistency and quality of large volumes of products. For those working with composites, visual assessment is used to check for flaws. For both industries, the same is true; viewing a product can be the difference between product failure and the high-quality products their customers expect.

Technical Textiles
Technical Textiles manufacturers and end users use VeriVide Colour Assessment cabinets to highlight imperfections and colour issues. In industries where perfection is required by the client, such as synthetic leather for car seats, visual assessment is a vital part of ensuring that standards are upheld and customers are happy.

Lithographic Printer
At one of our larger Lithographic Print clients, VeriVide CCC’s are used to compare large print runs against proofs to ensure consistency of colour and quality. VeriVide CCC’s are also used in showrooms to aid client presentations and highlight capabilities to both build and retain business. For a highly competitive industry that is constantly in search of any advantage, standardised assessment conditions allow for consistent replication of colour and colour branding. VeriVide Print products allow you to visually assess deviation of spot colours against colour standards as well as between proofs and samples from print runs.

What is DigiEye?

DigiEye is a digital colour measurement system used by quality assurance professionals across textiles, food and automotive industries. DigiEye was designed to fill the gap between spectrophotometers and visual assessment. DigiEye is more precise and objective than visual assessment and can measure far more substrates than a spectrophotometer including patterned garments and reflective materials.

How does DigiEye work?

DigiEye uses a digital camera to see colour, in the same way as your customers, giving an objective, precise visual benchmark for the assessment of products or samples. DigiEye is perfect for users that prefer to see the colour they are measuring rather than attempting to interpret raw data that doesn’t show how a product will actually look.

How to choose the colour and size of my Pantone swatch cards

Go to Pantone > Fashion, Home & Interior > The first three products on this page are the Cotton, Polyester or Nylon Brights swatch cards. Please click on the swatch card material required. The following instructions work for all of the swatch card options.
1. Click onto the coloured wheel. This will open up an image of all the Pantone swatches as coloured squares, either search through the colours or type the colour number, such as 18-0830 TCX, into the search box above the colour palette. The colour  that matches the number searched, will then be displayed on its own.
2. Click  onto the colour to select and then click the orange confirm button to proceed to the next step.
3. To choose the size of the swatch card, click onto the drop down box that will say 'Choose an option' and click on the size required. The original 2 ply is the standard size of swatch.
4. Amend the quantity, if you need more than one swatch of the same colour.
5. Click add to cart.
6. Repeat this process for all the other colours you may require.
7. Proceed to checkout by clicking the basket icon in the top right of the page.
8. Add the billing and delivery address and select the relevant mailing option. If you need express post (essential for next day or high value) or standard post.
9. Continue to the secure payment page with Pay360 to complete the order.
10. We will receive the order and process it accordingly.
  If you have any questions, please email us at and we will be happy to advise and help with your order.