faq | frequently asked questions

What does ZCC stand for?

ZCC stands for zenColorCode

What is the zenColorCode (ZCC)?

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.

How does the zenColorCode (ZCC) differ from other color systems?

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.

What is a zenColorCode (ZCC) color reference number?

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.

How many color swatches are available in the zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library?

The ZCC universal digital Color Library consists of an adaptable range of 4,096+ colors.

What is the advantage of using the zenColorCode (ZCC) to cross-reference color over using other color specification systems?

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.

Can I use a zenColorCode (ZCC) color reference number to cross-reference my own internal color name and identification number?

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]

Can I exchange zenColorCode (ZCC) color reference numbers with my colleagues or third parties?

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.

Does the zenColorCode (ZCC) translate and standardize other color formulas?

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.

What is the zenColor™ designPro?

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.

How do I translate physical and digital colors into a zenColorCode (ZCC) color reference number?

There are three (3) different methods for creating a color swatch or placing an image into zenColor™ designPro:

  1. From the “zenColorCode (ZCC)” icon, select the “Picker” tab. From there, you may Enter or Paste color codes or color formulas directly into the hex or rgb formula reference fields, the zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital color number is automatically created.
  2. Go to the “Color Capture” icon. Select or load an image from which you wish to sample a color (or multiple colors.) Use the pop-up preset menu to extract preset methods, or use the eydropper and marquee tool to click and drag any area within the open image. The zenColorCode (ZCC) color reference number will automatically appear as you roll over a swatch.
  3. Select the “Import Palette” icon to import individual color swatches or palettes from the scrollable palette file listing. Colors are converted to the ZCC system as you add individual swatches or complete palettes.
How do I convert my color swatches or palettes into zenColorCode (ZCC) color reference numbers?

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.

How can I quickly build great color palettes in my zenColor™ designPro?

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.

How can I import existing color swatches into my zenColor™ designPro?

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.

How can I directly access the zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library without zenColor™ designPro?

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.

How do I use the zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library?

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.

Is there an alternate way to find a zenColorCode (ZCC) universal digital Color Library reference swatch?

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.

Can I create my own color names and internal color numbers instead of using a zenColorCode (ZCC) color reference number?

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.

How do I add my own color names and internal color numbers to a zenColorCode (ZCC) color reference number?

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.

How do I save my own color names and internal color numbers?

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.

Can I create custom fields to help me to reference a color palette?

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.

How do I save and retrieve swatches or palettes?

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.

How do I revise a color palette?

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.

How do I share color swatches or palettes with my colleagues or other third parties?

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.

Can I export color swatches and palettes to use within PLM and PDM systems?

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.

How do I delete a swatch?

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.

How do I delete a color palette?

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.

Where (within zenColor™ designPro) can I edit or adjust a color swatch?

You can edit individual color swatches by using the “Editor” tab found within the “zenColorCode (ZCC)” icon.

How do I edit or adjust a color swatch?

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.

How do I save a color swatch after I edit?

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.

How do I know when my yearly zenColor™ designPro subscription is nearing renewal?

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.

What is a License Key Number?

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.

How do I know when software upgrades are available?

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.

Can I use a zenColorCode (ZCC) color reference number to identify internal product color names and identification numbers outside of zenColor™ designPro?

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]

Does zenColor™ collect or monitor the Content created while I use my designPro for work or play?

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.

I downloaded designPro for Adobe Creative Cloud, but cannot find the program. Where did it go?

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.

How do I download and install the designPro standalone application?

To download zenColor™ designPro click here.

 

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