Zitat: Liberate color from chains - freieFarbe e.V.

The Authors of the Atlas

We, the team of “HLC-ColourAtlas.org”, would like to thank the authors of the “CIELAB HLC Colour Atlas” for providing the completely calculable and license-free color model.


The following persons of FreieFarbe e. V. have contributed to this colour atlas:


For the support by software, inks and paper we thank the

freieFarbe (freeColour) e. V. is an association of German and Swiss colour professionals. Since 2016, FreieFarbe has been registered as a non-profit association under German law.

freeColour would like to give tips and hints on how to create a consistent colour in all areas of application and is based on open standards that have been integrated in the computer for a long time and want to show: the computer is an ideal tool for colour, it can make colour free!

freiFarbe e. V. does not pursue any commercial goals, but would like to promote colour communication and encourage the use of colour to:

  • make color calculable
  • make colour infinitely variable
  • make ink and colour systems comparable
  • simplify color communication
  • without licensing costs
  • give tips and best practices on cross-media color workflows
  • make the multiple mysteries of color understandable

In short: free colour from shackles! There are many good approaches for this. freieFarbe e. V. would like to initiate an open and constructive dialogue of the possibilities, everybody can participate in this.

Vision for the future

Today we still live in a world of colours where many paint companies cook their own, strictly guarded soup. Façade paints do not speak to wall paints, wall paints do not speak to lacquer paints, lacquer paints do not to printing inks, printing inks do not to textile printing inks, and all of them do not speak to the computer as a central tool for painters, designers and creative artists. 
It is difficult for us as FreieFarbe e. V. to understand why hundreds of proprietary systems exist, especially with such a central topic as color and color communication, where colour systems cannot and do not want to communicate with each other and are kept away from transparent color models and open, free of charge standards.

We as FreieFarbe e. V. have the very simple vision that in the near future creative people, designers, color manufacturers, printers, product manufacturers and many more will be able to speak a common color language in a transparent, open and royalty-free way. We want the free HLC colours to be freely variable and usefully supplemented by means of precisely displaying software, and that the corresponding colour shades are available as varnish, on textiles, as powder coating, film, facade colour and much more, and can be ordered simply and directly. That every color, even in-between colors, will be available online, in the ink store, in the print shop, in the DIY store, etc. and can be printed on a printer at home and in the office. And if this should not be possible, for example, because the colour is out of gamut of the printing system, transparent and open communication about what is possible and feasible for all parties is easily possible. 
This is what we are committed to. 

freieFarbe e. V.
Grünteweg 31
26127 Oldenburg

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