Colour management technology specialist Datacolor has teamed up with Adobe to launch a set of tools to help simplify and streamline the process of digitally designing prints for fabrics.

The collaboration pairs Datacolor's professional colour lookup tool, ColorReaderPro, with Adobe's newest plugin for Adobe Photoshop: Adobe Textile Designer.

The companies say the integration allows designers to measure and capture any source of colour inspiration and transfer the data to Photoshop automatically via Bluetooth connection. This helps to bring time and cost savings to the textile design process by eliminating the need to manually search and match textile colour samples with swatches or colour codes.

Many designers use Photoshop when starting fabric designs, but the introduction of Adobe Textile Designer means users can now build and preview repeating patterns, define separations, work with colourways and keep every element editable in Photoshop until a design is print ready.

The ColorReaderPro also works with third-party colour standard libraries, including Color Solutions International's (CSI) ColorWall, and brands' colour libraries.

"Finding the correct colour can be an inefficient activity in the print design process that can lengthen the production cycle," confirms Tim Williams, marketing manager, CSI.

The Adobe Textile Designer solution and ColorReaderPro will debut at ITMA in Barcelona from June 20-26.