Checkerboard Test Chart

September 16, 2016
May 23, 2024


The Checkerboard Test Chart is available on matte inkjet, photographic paper, film, and chrome-on-glass substrates. It is designed to work with the Checkerboard module. This module enhances testing of varying distances by supplying more testable regions to provide automated measurements of sharpness, lateral chromatic aberration, and distortion from images.

For NIR Compatible Checkerboard Charts including Photographic or B&W LVT Film, please click here.

Learn more about the Checkerboard Module.  Please note that this module runs slower than eSFR ISO and SFRplus modules and is less tolerant to extreme amounts of defocus or blooming degradations.

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The Checkerboard Test Chart is available in Visible Spectrum and Near Infrared. In Visible Spectrum, choose between matte inkjet or transmissive LVT film substrates. Contrast ratios include 4:1, 10:1 and 45:1 for the inkjet charts, and additional 100:1 for film targets. All inkjet and film options are printed with 12 vertical squares.

Chrome on Glass Checkerboard Targets are also available at sizes ≤ 4″ with 10:1 contrast ratio.

Pre-Mounted Checkerboard Charts are also available for use with Imatest Uniform Light Sources

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Checkboard Test Chart Options:

Spectrum Substrate Conrast Ratio Size Square Height MP Suitability
Visible Only Reflective Matte 4:1, 10:1, 45:1 XS, SM, MD, LG (see below) 12 See table below
Visible Only Transmissive Color Film 4:1, 10:1, 100:1 8” x 10” (203mm x 254mm) 12 13 MP

Paper Size and Active Area Options for Reflective Substrates

Inkjet charts are available in four standard sizes:

  Paper Size (including margin) Active Area MP Suitability
X-Small 215.9mm x 323.85mm (8.5″ × 12.75″) 200.66mm x 300.99mm (7.9″ × 11.85″) 3.1 
Small 406.4mm x 609.6mm (16″ × 24″) 391.16mm x 586.74mm (15.4″ × 23.1″) 5.9
Medium 609.6mm x 914.4mm (24″ × 36″) 594.36 x 891.54mm (23.4″ × 35.1″) 14.3
Large 1107.4mm x 1676.4mm (43.6″ × 66″) 1102.35mm x 1653.54mm (43.4″ × 65.1″) 28.1


Photographic charts are available in two standard sizes:

  Paper Size (including margin) Active Area MP Suitability
Small 406.4mm x 609.6mm (16″ × 24″) 391.16mm x 586.74mm (15.4″ × 23.1″) 11.8
Medium 609.6mm x 914.4mm (24″ × 36″) 594.36mm x 891.54mm (23.4″ × 35.1″) 28.6



Chart Mounting and Magnetic Backing

Clear Acrylic Mounting - Best Practices for Transmissive TestingIt is strongly recommended that charts be mounted on a smooth, flat surface, like an acrylic board, to ensure no blemishes, bends, or bubbles occur that negatively impact image quality measurements. Imatest offers the option to professionally mount our test charts on acrylic or E-panel. A magnetic backing can be added to the chart to easily attach it to the Imatest Modular Test Stand or Benchtop Test Stand.   You can select the chart mounting options from the chart mounting dropdown.   

For more details, see our chart mounting solutions page.


Documentation and software support

Checkerboard can be run either through the highly-interactive Rescharts interface or as a batch-capable fixed module. The key documentation for getting started is Using Checkerboard Part 1, found in the Checkerboard section of the Documentation page. Checkerboard provides the most accurate distortion measurements.