I am wondering if anyone has anything to offer on the workflow for matching color in high quality product retouching. I have not worked in this environment but would like to know something about it. For example, say I am retouching a white tennis show and I am supposed to make a version of the same shoe in a purple and a green and a blue. What is the general system for matching colors in a professional environment? If there are swatches of fabric for reference, how do these get translated into RGB, CMYK or LAB values? Are pantone values typically provided for samples? Or are these samples scanned by some kind of machine to read the color, or do the artists simply compare to pantone swatches with their own eyes under neutral lighting. I am totally ignorant about this process but I know it is a significant part of digital imaging work in the commercial realm. I just don't really want to take a job at The Gap in order to learn how it is done. Can someone who works in the field please reveal their workflow?
After I know the values of the specific color I should match to, apart from reading the info palette as I retouch, what specific techniques for overlaying color are typically used?
Thanks in advance for any feedback.