You are right on the money Ray, color matching is SOOOO going away. It's like the bodyman metal finishing, hell we don't even repair the fender anymore let along doing it without filler. So it just goes away, as does the color matching. The paint supplier has tried to provide more and more in that regard so "anyone" can paint because let's face it, in a collision shop color matching is without a doubt the defining step.
I am blown away at what the painters miss when it comes to matching, and won't listen to the old guy what the hell does he know, he isn't doing it right? This paint is so different from what he shot on horse and buggys.
That all being said, the paint manufacture with their tons of alternates they have provided a great starting point for the painter, problem is they very seldom do much more than shoot one they picked from the alternates. They just don't tint anymore in a lot of shops, they will get the paint rep out to help them on hard colors, you know the paint rep who is just trying to sell paint and doesn't know crap?
It is most certainly a lost "art" that use to be not art but simply the JOB. A painter matched colors on the cars, duh. And how about the fact that there were NO "alternates", you matched the friggin color. Sometimes MILES off, poor coverage (late 70's GM, holy cow they were like candies) you matched it.
A painter today who nails colors, he is GOLD baby.