A computer aided design system for determining the color appearance of metallic automotive coatings has been developed. A sketch based bidirectional reflectance distribution function design interface allows simple concept art to be used to style new metallic car colors. The final design is specified using industrial measurement standards for metallic color appearance, and paint formulations are determined by employing an automotive refinish system. A virtual collection of existing automotive paints, specified using the measurement standard, is provided, and tools for searching this database, for both design and manufacturing purposes, are described. The system is assessed by using it in industrial and educational design studios.
Clement Shimizu, Gary W. Meyer, "A Computer Aided Color Appearance Design System for Metallic Car Paint" in Proc. IS&T 23rd Color and Imaging Conf., 2015, pp 93 - 102, https://doi.org/10.2352/CIC.2015.23.1.art00017