ZCC stands for zenColorCode
zenColor™ patented a method to reverse map and normalize (remove all redundancies) both diverse physical and digital color swatches — regardless of whether they have different names and internal identification numbers — and translate all of the color data into a universal digital Color Library. That universal digital Color Library is referred as the zenColorCode or ZCC.
The zenColorCode (ZCC) is more than a color specification system; it is a color cross-referencing system that provides a universal color language for stores, vendors, and their customers.
The zenColorCode (ZCC) consists of “ZCC” plus four digits that each represents a unique digital color swatch that is only contained within the zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library. I.e., ZCC-2338.
The ZCC universal digital Color Library consists of an adaptable range of 4,096+ colors.
As an adaptable and expandable range, we may elect to add colors to the zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library as it becomes necessary. Customers that need specialty or customized colors should contact us at: [email protected]
The zenColorCode (ZCC) is the only digital color system with a patented method to translate all other color systems – both physical and digital — into a universal digital color language. If a retailer has 8,000 vendors, they must cope (along with their customers) with 8,000 different color systems. Designers face the same issue when dealing with color specification companies. Production companies and factories struggle with color communication issues when dealing with designers and other customers. It is a common problem throughout the entire product ecosystem. Using a common color language for defining and specifying precise color while product is in various stages of development allows consistent and accurate communication and cross reference between designers, manufacturers, and consumers across the entire product ecosystem.
Yes you can. The entire zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library is only available within the zenColor™ designPro software. zenColor™ designPro allows licensees to tag their own internal color names, identification numbers, and other reference information to a specific zenColorCode (ZCC) color reference number. All licensees, however, must be current and abide by all guidelines set forth in the zenColor™ designPro License Agreement. For questions regarding usage, please contact: [email protected]
zenColorCode (ZCC) color reference swatches and color palettes can be shared and exchanged with colleagues by exporting them as a .jpg, .png, .act, or .aso file. Select the palette you wish to export and it will automatically move to the Active Palette area.
The next step is to select the “Export Palette” icon found at the top of the zenColor designPro application. From here you can choose the export format and file type you wish to use. After you click export, designPro will show you your palette’s name and creates the palette for you to review and save.
In order to exchange ZCC color reference numbers with colleagues or third parties, they must be a current licensee with access to the zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library and abide by all guidelines set forth in the zenColor™ designPro License Agreement.
Yes it does. Go to the “References” icon and you will find color formula equivalents for Hex, RGB, HSL, CIE LaB, and CMYK that are provided with the ZCC color reference swatches. The zenColorCode (ZCC) automatically translates and normalizes all the formulas, consolidating thousands of digital colors that are indiscernible to the human eye thus creating one standard color and color reference number for all of these formula formats.
zenColor™ designPro includes full access to the entire 4,096+ range of adaptable color swatches contained in the zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library. No need to buy expensive paper color specification books. No need to open multiple windows or play hide and seek with your color palettes. In addition, zenColor™ designPro provides professionals with a full function workstation complete with a “color tool box” customized to the ZCC system for translating, editing, labeling, importing, exporting, and saving swatches and palettes for all rendered materials.
There are three (3) different methods for creating a color swatch or placing an image into zenColor™ designPro:
After a color formula number or sampled color from an image is entered into zenColor™ designPro, it is automatically cross referenced, normalized, and then translated into a zenColorCode (ZCC) color reference number. The entire zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library is available ONLY in the designPro software.
Go to the “zenColorCode (ZCC) Library” icon. From here, your active swatch can access all of the color theory pre-sets in the pop-up menu. You can choose from complementary, monochromatic, analogous, split complementary, triad, square, and tetrad palette generator presets. Adding those swatches to your palette will guide you to create variations and custom palettes.
Select the “Import Palette” icon to import individual color swatches or palettes from the scrollable palette file listing. Use this tab to import swatches or palettes directly from existing .act and .aso color data files or from .png or .jpg graphic files created by another zenColor™ designPro user.
Helpful Tip: Your Imported and Exported designPro palettes can be found in the folder within User/ Documents/ zenColor™ designPro Palettes.
The answer is, you can’t. The entire zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library is ONLY available in zenColor™ designPro and all usage is subject to the guidelines set forth within the zenColor™ designPro License Agreement.
Within the “zenColorCode (ZCC)” icon is the “Library” tab. Here you may scroll through the complete library, or directly enter in a ZCC number. Click apply and that new ZCC color will be added to your active palette.
You may also find and access a zenColorCode (ZCC) reference swatch by entering the four-digit number. You may manually enter a ZCC number within the zenColorCode (ZCC) “Library”, “Picker”, or “Editor” tabs. You may also enter it within the “References” panel.
The answer is yes. In fact, we encourage you to do so. The zenColorCode (ZCC) color reference system is there to help identify any color, regardless of the color name or identification number you create internally. This provides you with a powerful color cross-referencing tool to use for design, production, and for your customers – across the entire product ecosystem. The zenColorCode (ZCC) not only provides a universal color platform across diverse brands and product categories, it provides a cross platform between retailers and their customers globally.
Using the “Reference” icon you can customize color information by adding two (2) Internal Cross Reference Tags. These references can be custom color names, internal color reference numbers, or any reference tag that you wish to add to the zenColorCode (ZCC) color reference swatch.
Activate the color swatch you wish to tag by clicking on that swatch and then enter or modify any of the two (2) text fields. Your changes are automatically saved as soon as you select another color swatch within the “Active Palette” area.
Of course! Within an Active Palette you can assign up to three (3) custom reference fields to help you identify a palette. These fields may contain additional references to the specific color palette that can be easily customized to fit your needs.
You can save one (1) color swatch or up to six (6) color swatches to an “Active Palette” at a time by clicking on the “Add Palette” button. The palette is saved in the area located just below the “Active Palette” area.
To revise a palette, simply scroll through your saved palettes and select the palette you wish to revise by clicking anywhere within the palette you wish to edit. This palette will return to the Active Palette area. From here, you can select and edit swatches as you wish and save your changes by clicking the “Add Palette” button.
Color swatches and palettes can be shared and exchanged with colleagues or other third parties by exporting them as .png, and jpg Graphic files or as .act, and .aso color files. Select the palette you wish to export and it will automatically move to the “Active Palette” area. Now, if you’re not already there, select the “Export Palette” icon and choose the export format and file you wish to use. All of the “Palette Reference” information tags and all the “Internal Cross Reference” information tags for each color swatch will be included within each Exported Palette. In order for colleagues or third parties to receive or use zenColorCode (ZCC) reference numbers or other proprietary zenColor™ intellectual property, they must be a current licensee of zenColor™ designPro.
Helpful Tip: Your Imported and Exported designPro palettes are a folder in the folder within- User/ Documents/ zenColor designPro Palettes.
The answer is yes. You can do this with the same methods you use to share swatches or palettes with your colleagues and other third parties, provided those parties are current licensees of zenColor™ designPro.
You can’t delete a single color swatch, but you may replace it with another swatch. To replace a swatch, click on the swatch you wish to replace then go to any of the color modifying tabs within zenColor™ designPro to apply the changes.
Click on the orange button marked “x” that is located to the far right of each palette display. Then click the orange “Remove Palette” button. You may also click the “Cancel” button if decide to keep the palette.
You can edit individual color swatches by using the “Editor” tab found within the “zenColorCode (ZCC)” icon.
The “Editor” tab, within the “zenColorCode (ZCC)” icon, allows you preview your edits before you commit to them. By clicking on the Hue, Saturation, and Lightness buttons you can make adjustments in small (+/-1), medium (+/-5), and large (+/-10) increments. The adjustments allow you to preview the new color.
Notice how your new color swatch preview is updated to its current ZCC color number.
After you finish editing the color swatch within the “Editor” tab, select the “Apply” button to save your changes.
If you don’t wish to save your changes click the “Revert” button and your swatch will be returned to its original color state.
You can check your subscription renewal date by looking in the “About zenColor™” panel found in the pop-up side menu. You will be sent a reminder email 14 days before the anniversary date of your zenColor™ designPro subscription. Unless you elect to discontinue use of your zenColor™ designPro software, the license will automatically renew and your credit card (or other payment method) will be charged for another year. You will automatically receive notification after you are billed.
The License Key Number is a serial number that is used by zenColor™ Corporation to authenticate and activate (or deactivate) your zenColor™ designPro software. The number is unique to each Licensee’s individual software and can be located in the “About zenColor™” panel.
You will be alerted to free updates through your email as they become available. The Product Version Number, which appears in orange (ZCC-3985), can be found in the About zenColor panel. This number will let you know if you are running a current or an old version.
The answer is yes, provided you are a zenColor™ designPro licensee, your fees are current, and follow the guidelines for proper usage of our registered trademark. We created ZCC as a color cross-referencing tool. No matter what name is assigned to a color, the ZCC numbering system will help both you and your customers to identify it. For questions regarding usage, please contact: [email protected]
zenColor™ respects the Licensee’s privacy and does not access or view the Content created or loaded into designPro. At times, however, zenColor™ may need to access or view the Licensee’s Content to (a) respond to support requests; (b) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security, unlawful, or technical issues; and (c) enforce these Terms.
Once you have installed the zenColor designPro extension for Adobe Creative Cloud, you will find it in Photoshop under the window menu, inside the Extensions drop down.
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