About Color Families and Parameters

Spectre for color analyses images of your fruit and provides apple color coverage results based on whichever color you've configured your Spectre account to identify.

Before you start using Spectre, you will be asked how you'd like to group your apples into color families.

In this article we'll learn:

  • What are color parameters
  • What are color families
  • How color family and color parameter setup works

What are Color Parameters

If you're using Spectre for color, you'll need to first teach Spectre what colors you're looking for on your fruit under various lighting conditions. For example, the red of an apple can look different on a sunny day vs a cloudy day.

You'll create a setting for each lighting condition that the fruit will be under. We call these different settings "Color Parameters".

What are Color Families

Color parameters are grouped into color families.

A Color Family is a group of varieties that have the same shade of the color you want to see on the fruit.

Here are some examples of how color families can be organized

  • A separate color family for each variety
  • Group varieties by color shade e.g. Reds, Pinks, Yellows & Greens
  • Group varieties by dominant variety e.g. Gala, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, and assign other varieties to the closest match
  • One color family for all varieties

How to Setup Color Families

Step 1

Step 2

  • Click on + New button and choose the fruit type

Step 3

  • Name your color family
  • Select which varieties belong to the color family
  • Click Create Color Family

NOTE: varieties can only belong to one color family

All color families created will be listed on the left. Click on a color family to view any parameters or adjust settings and delete if needed.

How to Setup Parameter

  • Start scanning fruit in Spectre
  • You'll receive an email notification for every new lighting condition detected
  • Create color parameters from this email (here's how)
  • The new color parameter will be automatically applied to all previous and future Spectre scans that match that lighting condition to provide color results

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