This script is simply another utility tool related to color topics. It will read the color values from a path selection in a Photoshop document. The image can be in Lab or RGB mode and 8-bit or 16-bit encoding.
Note that in 16-bit mode Adobe saves the values in true 16-bit format instead of its quasi 15-bit format. So some mathematical transforms are necessary for the values to correlate to the Photoshop information panels and color samplers.
The basic operation is to open a document in Photoshop, make a rectangle selection of the area to be sampled, save it as a pen path, then run the script. You can define multiple pen paths, with unique names. If the pen path is named "penPath", it will read 24 patches from a Color Checker image, similar to ReadMacbethPatches, but with improved accuracy. For more usage information, install the script in the Photoshop scripts folder, then run it with no document open.
The image may also contain adjustment layers if desired.
Download ColorReaderRaw.jsx V1.2 in a ZIP file here: ColorReader.zip
I have validated the numbers extensively with sample images in all supported modes. This script is still under construction and should be considered a sample only at this time. If you have any suggestions regarding accuracy, performance, or additional function I would appreciate your feedback.
I tested the accuracy against four color checker target images in Lab, RGB, 8-bit, and 16-bit. These image patches were created with other scripts so they contain no noise or pixel-to-pixel variations. The 8-bit values all validated perfectly. The 16-bit values are all within +- 0.005 precision. Since the input data is in 15-bit integer format, this is as good as it gets (+-1/128).
There are some inherent problems with Adobe quasi 15-bit math, particularly in the Lab conversions. Evidence of this is available here: Adobe Math.
This script is provided as shareware with no warranty. My testing was all with PS CS2. You are free to use and modify it. If you feel obliged to pay something, make a contribution to your favorite charity.
I hope you also gained some new insight from this article. If you have any comments, or suggestions, I would welcome your input. Please send me an Email.
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