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A friend of mine posted a link to a very interesting test for color identification that tests your ability to detect very minor changes in hue. It's not a competition, just something cool to try out. Note: make sure to look away every couple of minutes to rest your eyes, otherwise everything just kinda starts smudging together. :)

 

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

 

I scored an 8, which really surprised me; I thought I would score a lot worse than that! My errors were in the blue-green and blue-purple blended areas.

 

Huzzah!

--OneBoot :D

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I missed it the first time around, I guess. Soon after OneBoot posted, I clicked over, and took most of an hour to do it. Doing about half a line, going away and coming back. Took me most of an hour. All that time got me a 308! Then, I just ripped through it real quick, and got a 568. For fun, I just reset and hit the "score test" button and it got a 1008. I was consistent in the "ones" category. Read the other thread, and some folks were disappointed they got a 4, 12 or 14! Wow. No wonder I used to hear a lot of "You're not going to wear that are you?" from my ex! Kinda neat little doohickey.

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I couldn't do the test on my ipad. I guess drag-and-drop on the ipad doesn't work on this site. Hopefully I'll have access to a proper computer later, because this looks interesting.

 

As for the blogger's remarks on whether some people can see more colors than others, that's true, and interesting, but I don't know that computer monitors can properly test for that. Computer screens use pixels of three colors, red, blue, and green, to make all the colors we see on the screen.

 

There are a very few people who have four kinds of color receptors rather than three and can see more subtle colors than the rest of us, but mixes limited to those three colors won't give them any more information than the rest of us.

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Yeah some monitors have terrible colour reproduction, I'd expect that to affect the test. I didn't know about extra, bonus colour receptors, that is super cool! Fun fact: colour perception is also cultural... sort of. The more names you have for colours, the more colours you reliably perceive, apparently.

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Yeah some monitors have terrible colour reproduction, I'd expect that to affect the test.

Definitely. Ive done this test before on my good monitor back when it was color calibrated and got a 0. Its come up again twice recently, and the first time I did it quickly on my dodgy monitor and got an 8, then the second time I did it on my good monitor (without the calibration) and got a 4.

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I managed a 74, but I think a lot of it was luck. There were a lot of swatches I just put somewhere because they looked identical to the ones on either side to me.

When I was in high school both the Navy and Army tried to recruit me. The navy said I had perfect vision, the army said I was red/green color blind. All I know is I usually fail at those captia things about three times before I get one I can read. So commenting on blogs and joining forums is a pain in the rear.

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I missed it the first time around, I guess. Soon after OneBoot posted, I clicked over, and took most of an hour to do it. Doing about half a line, going away and coming back. Took me most of an hour. All that time got me a 308! Then, I just ripped through it real quick, and got a 568. For fun, I just reset and hit the "score test" button and it got a 1008. I was consistent in the "ones" category. Read the other thread, and some folks were disappointed they got a 4, 12 or 14! Wow. No wonder I used to hear a lot of "You're not going to wear that are you?" from my ex! Kinda neat little doohickey.

 

I won't have time to check this out until tonight, but I already know that I am color blind (some level of R/G), so it would mostly be to see how high/badly I can score. ::P:

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I have to do the real thing with color chips under calibrated light every couple of years for work. Got a 2 the first time (there's no way to get a 1) and 0 the last time.

 

Strategy: Get the chips as close to correct as you can first, then swap them pairwise to see if the spectrum gets smoother or less smooth. Continue until every swap makes things worse.

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