Colour-matching parts?


I’ve just started getting to work on the new art for my Brawlstick, and was having a look around the forums to see if there was any info on the colours of buttons/balltops. I understand that lighting greatly changes the look of the parts but wanted to know if anyone had a technique or a list of colour codes or something like that, for digitally matching the colour of a sanwa or seimitsu part?


Sanwa parts dont match seimitsu
if that what your asking

Each manufacture have a different mix or recipe for each color.


No sorry, didn’t make that very clear. I mean like having a way of obtaining the closest digital version of a specific
colour, so I can match my artwork to a button (i.e ‘this’ is seimitsu green or, ‘this’ is sanwa red).


I think he means so he can make sure the colours in his artwork match those of the buttons/balltops he wants to use?


Spot on, cheers!


Matching colors is always subjective… No two people see things exactly the same because of differences in eye color/irises, brain chemistry, and so on. The same is true for photography equipment unless they are made in the same production lot.

I’m sorry but if you’re looking for exact matches, it’s not happening between manufacturers OR plastic and photos.
There’s always going to be some difference.

A camera does NOT take exact imagery of what you look at. Your eyes are more sensitive to color.
What you see on a computer screen is different from what gets printed out. The image on your tube/LCD/whatever-screen is back-lit by light whereas photos/print-outs are not. Print-outs tend to be darker and colors can and do get murkier unless you tweak image/printer settings before you print them out.

Complicating this is what paper you print out on and print settings for that paper (CMYK, speed versus accuracy, ink usage, etc.). It’s a process of trial-and-error which can be expensive no matter how experienced or good you think you are. Better print-outs are possible with better papers like semi-glossy, white matte, etc. Don’t expect great print-outs on generic copy paper. Likewise, better prints are possible on non-glossy/lower gloss paper than photo paper depending on what it is you’re trying to print out.

Consumer equipment CAN approximate colors well enough – NOT perfectly(!) – provided the scanning/photography equipment is set up and calibrated well. Most of the time it’s just “good enough” so there are going to be variances like it or not. There are certain colors that are almost always difficult to capture and it has to be accepted that projects are unique. There is no such thing as a universal setting/auto compensator that makes it all good or perfect. For many things, it still comes down to tweaking dials and “eye-balling.”


Ok cool, was half expecting that. Ahh well, guess it’s going to be a little more tricky than I first thought. Hopefully it will still end up being a decent looking stick.

Cheers for the responses!