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Standard Gray Neutral Matte

Prepare new color viewing facilities or refurbish old ones with the industry-specified neutral matte gray, specifically formulated for color viewing areas.

Why Is Neutral Gray Specified and Recommended
for Color Viewing?

Neutral gray eliminates "simultaneous color contrast." For example, a red sample viewed on a blue background has an orange cast, while the same red viewed on a yellow background appears slightly purple. For the eye to see color accurately, it is imperative that the surround environment be chromatically neutral.

It also minimizes the "color pollution" of viewing areas caused by reflections from chromatic surfaces. When D50 or D65 standard illumination is reflected from colored walls, for example, its color quality changes so it is no longer "standard." The application of a neutral gray to chromatic surfaces will eliminate such color pollution by providing spectrally neutral surfaces around the viewing area.

For Graphic Arts and Photographic Applications - Standard Gray Neutral 8

Graphiclite® Standard Gray Neutral 8 provides the neutral surround conditions specified by ISO 3664, "Viewing Conditions - Graphic Technology and Photography" ("Walls, ceilings, floors and other surfaces which are in the field of view shall be baffled or colored a neutral matte gray, with reflectance of 60% or less."). A reflectance of 60% is equivalent to Munsell N8/.

For Color and Appearance Applications - Standard Gray Neutral 7 and Neutral 5

A slightly darker tone specifically formulated for use in color viewing areas in the paint, plastics, textile and other non-graphics related industries that require a neutral gray surround equivalent to Munsell N7/, CMlite® Standard Gray Neutral 7 provides the neutral surround conditions specified by ASTM D1729 ("Standard Practice for Visual Appraisal of Colors and Color Differences of Diffusely-Illuminated Opaque Materials"): "The surround, the portion of the visual field immediately surrounding the specimens, shall be the color having a Munsell notation of N6/ or N7/ for critical color evaluations." Munsell N7/ is approximately 40% reflectance while N5/ is 18%.

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From our inception in 1980, Grafitec International Inc. has been an important supplier of equipment and supply items to the graphic arts industry. We distribute color viewing equipment, ink/coating/substrate testing equipment, chemical products, and specialty and safety lighting products.