Gel Swatch Library HD

A bigger view of your colors.

Room to work.

All of the popular gel brands are in this library. Search and compare across the entire library. View similar and complementary colors. Combine gels and view on different light sources.

Swatch View

View Colors


Tapping on a color in the list view gives you a large view of the color swatch and much, much more. Notice that just below the name of the color on the large swatch is the transmission of the color. Just below that is a small band of lots of information. It is a where we show the RGB values or the CMY values needed to approximate the color of the swatch. the values are shown in percentages or just tap and they change to the numeric value. In the center you will see all the notes on the gel from the manufacturer. If it is a long note, just tap the note and you will get the entire note on a pop up window over the swatch.

Lower, you will see the Spectral Energy Distribution curve for the color. If you would like the curve to enlarge, just tap the curve and the SED becomes full screen. If the color number and name are covering the curve, just tap and drag the label out of the way.

Below the SED curve is the best part of the library, the similar and complementary color selections. GSL calculates the 12 most similar and complementary colors to help you find a substitute color if you don't have enough of your favorite brand. These selections go across the entire library so you can see all the colors that you might be able to substitute.

Compare Colors

Compare Colors


From the swatch view, shown above, there are 2 ways to compare colors. If you want to see how close a similar color is, just tap the color from the similar or complementary bars and a split view will show you how closely the colors match. From here you can go to the list view and pick any color from any list and you will be returned to the split view with your newly chosen color on the right. If you would like either color to be the selected swatch just tap its screen.

The 2nd way to compare colors from the swatch view is to tap the 2nd button from the left, the scales icon. This will give you a black window which can be filled from the list view or by tapping on a similar color.


Search the Library

Search for Colors


Search is available from the list view by tapping the magnifying glass. Searches can be done by number, this is the fastest way to bring up a favorite color you already know. Searching by name will help you find new favorites. For example typing in blue brings up every gel with blue in the name or the notes. Search makes it easy to find all the CTO's or CTB's too.

Combine Colors

Combine Gels to mix Colors


Before the availability of many, many colors, it was more common to combine two gels to create a color that wasn't available. GSL allows you to do that and gives the SED curve and the available similar and complementary colors too.

The combine function is started from the compare view by tapping the 3rd from the right button which is 2 gel frames and a plus sign. In the case on the right, the comparison was between G980 and G152. The result is shown just above the SED curve. Note that the SED curve has 3 colors on it, the 2 original gels and the newly created color.

If you then tap on the similar color suggestions, you will have 4 color swatches and 4 curves! In this example, note that none of the similar colors is very close. You have created a truly new color. Be cautious in using 2 very saturated colors because the resulting color is typically known as "Root Beer" with very little transmission of light.

Create Gelstrings


This feature is also known as projects. Projects can be started from the list view by touching the file folder icon. If there is no project in the list, one must be added by tapping the "+" button. A complete tutorial for the iPhone version is available here online or in pdf format. These tutorials will give you a start on ordering gelstrings from your iPad.

Best of all this feature allows you to share your project list or gelstring with others on your team. Also get a quote by pressing one button and the string RFQ will be sent directly to us and we get right back to you with a quote and delivery date.

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Gel Swatch Library on an iPad. More room to roam, and innovative color picking features as well.