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Color test
« on: September 24, 2013, 04:51:31 PM »
This is making the rounds on my facebook page today, and I thought it was fascinating.

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-well-do-you-see-color-173018

Given that I've got those middle-aged eyes, and I feel like I need to hold a book at arm's length to read the title, I assumed I wouldn't do too well.  But I guess our ability to perceive color is quite different from other aspects of our vision.

Apparently there are HUGE differences in the male and female ability to perceive color.

I scored a 4.  Who wants to take the test and report scores? 

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Re: Color test
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2013, 05:12:35 PM »
You must be amazing, Quesi. As a fiber artist, I think I am pretty good with colors, but got a 16. Not bad, but not a 4 either! ;D
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Re: Color test
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2013, 06:14:59 PM »
I got a 4. I'm 49 and my vision definitely isn't what it used to be, so, yes, I'd say color acuity is independent from one's ability to focus.

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Re: Color test
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2013, 06:36:44 PM »
I scored a perfect 0. I'm an artist, so I guess I should add that to my resume.  ;D
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Re: Color test
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2013, 06:39:37 PM »
Well done, Quesi and Trav. Mine was 8; in comparison to guys in my age range not too bad. Did poorly in blue and violet.

Interesting, Quesi. Thanks for posting the link.
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Re: Color test
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2013, 06:56:10 PM »
Ummmm, I couldn't read my score. That's a bad thing, isn't it?

Actually, my score was so bad Pantone is coming to take my eyes out. And I can't blame them. It's a good thing nobody is depending on my color selecting abilities for their livliehood, or their life.

Oh alright, I got a 35. But I am really really old, and have been for a long time.

(Now that I think about it, a lot of people have been honking at when I drive through intersections with stoplights. That's a bad thing too, huh?)
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Re: Color test
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2013, 07:22:30 PM »
I got a 61 - wait, is that a red light!!!!! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Color test
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2013, 08:39:44 PM »
Scored a 3. The colors really started blending the longer I stared at it.
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Re: Color test
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2013, 08:50:10 PM »
I got perfect score.
That's weird... I was pretty sure i'm color blind.
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Re: Color test
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2013, 08:55:58 PM »
I got an 8.  All of the mistakes were at the blue/purple end of the scale, interestingly.
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Re: Color test
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2013, 09:26:30 PM »
Oddly, I did worse where I thought I did well and vice-versa. I could tell differences in shades but I couldn't always tell which way to shift tiles because some of the tiles did not appear to provide a smooth color transition.

Even when I look at the transition in the results, it seems that some of the shades are out of order because some darker shades appear to be positioned between lighter shades. Maybe this is because I am not using a perfect monitor for color reproduction.







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Re: Color test
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2013, 11:01:08 PM »
...Even when I look at the transition in the results, it seems that some of the shades are out of order because some darker shades appear to be positioned between lighter shades. Maybe this is because I am not using a perfect monitor for color reproduction.

Ah, but this test looks for hue, not intensity or saturation. The results chart has greater variety in intensity than the actual test chips, in my opinion. One of the keys to this kind of test is to squint and if you're uncertain, switch two tiles and see which is warmer (or cooler) in hue.
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Re: Color test
« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2013, 11:02:05 PM »
I am ashamed. I got half way through the second line and quit.

Maybe the fussy 2 week old baby girl in my arms is not helping me finish.

Oh well. I claim a perfect score. Oh wait... I am a sinner, therefore I am not perfect. Put me down for a 5. Thanks. Take care now. Bye bye then.

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Re: Color test
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2013, 05:57:17 AM »
Ah, but this test looks for hue, not intensity or saturation. The results chart has greater variety in intensity than the actual test chips, in my opinion. One of the keys to this kind of test is to squint and if you're uncertain, switch two tiles and see which is warmer (or cooler) in hue.

I switched frequently, but I was thinking that hue, intensity and saturation were all involved. That may be why I didn't score better, but I didn't score poorly, either.

I have frequently been given color tests when I complain about certain things with my vision. The doctors always assume I am color blind, but I pass their tests every time. I think I have a different issue, but I am not sure what it is. For example, when trying to read the green and white signs for street names, it takes me a second or two longer to correctly read them. But when I am in Virginia, where blue and white signs are popular, they are easier for me to read. I think my brain reacts faster because there is more contrast with blue and white (or so my brain thinks). It may also be that green and white signs easily blend in with nearby trees whereas blue and white does not.

I am a very visual person. I learn best by visual methods and I have very good visual memory. In fact, if I have to learn anything that is not visual, I create a visual process in my head to help me understand it. If someone gives me directions, I just don't remember 2 lefts, 2 rights, etc, but instead I visualize a map in my head with lines drawn like you would see on the directions for Google or Bing maps.

Maybe everyone does this and I am just unaware. Some people associate colors with numbers (Urs) and perhaps use them as a learning/memory too, too.

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Re: Color test
« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2013, 07:03:02 AM »
Oh my.  57.

But I do have nerve damage in one eye, which I KNOW has an effect on the vibrancy with which I see colours (especially red), so actually not to bad considering.

And it can't be TOO bad - I was painting some 10mm soldiers the other day and getting comments about how good they looked, so my real-life colour perception can't be too screwy!
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Re: Color test
« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2013, 07:52:31 AM »
4.  I did not see what ones I got wrong, but I had the hardest time with the green-purple row.
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Re: Color test
« Reply #16 on: September 25, 2013, 08:06:23 AM »
I'm an artist as well, but color has never been my forte. That being said, I had thought I would do pretty well, as I was fairly easily able to distinguish the warmer/cooler hues from each other. Or so I thought. Color me chagrined. :) Interestingly, I got a 30 the first time I took it, and went back to see whether I was seeing things wrong or what, and scored a 14 the second time. Maybe I need to keep practicing...I was pretty happy with my gradation before I hit the "score" button both times.

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Re: Color test
« Reply #17 on: September 25, 2013, 08:37:58 AM »
Color me chagrined.

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