Questions about the Pantone Matching System, a widely used model for specifying ink colors in print design.

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Illustrator and CMYK or RGB mode when using Pantone colors?

Should Illustrator be set to CMYK or RGB mode when using Pantone colors? Thanks in advance!
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Pantone Bridge Books- Uncoated vs Coated

As a graphic designer which Pantone flip book should I purchase? I'm in a unique Master's program that isn't going to be teaching any color or print process, for whatever reason, even though most of ...
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How to find a Pantone Color in Illustrator?

I have a project which needs to be done in Pantone 18-2140 Carbaret color and I have no idea how to find it in illustrator. I went through all color books :( I would really appreciate your help. ...
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question about color printing on plastic bottle

Hello to all the graphic design professionals out there, I was wondering if you could share your experience on color printing on plastic bottles. (like this material) I am struggling because I ...
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printing with metallic ink on uncoated stock

Is it possible to print using pantone 877u on uncoated stock and varnish the area, in a way to achieve the effect of pantone 877c?
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a simple question relate to colors on screen

I was wondering if the Pantone color on my photoshop does reflect the true pantone color when it print. I am currently working on rendering a packaging image that has pantone color. Other graphic ...
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How do I generate Pantone swatch chart of all current PMS colors in Illustrator?

I need to generate a PMS swatch chart for all current PMS colors to do print tests off large format printers. We have old charts but need a current one. I am hoping there is a way to generate this ...
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In spot color printing, does black count as a spot color?

Do I have to choose a Pantone black, or can I just use 100% K?
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Pantone issue from PSD to Ai (printer needs PMS into the document but says it's CMYK)

I am having a problem with a packaging I am developing for a client. The client did all the artwork and sent it to me so I can communicate with the printer for sampling. Most of the artwork was made ...
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How should artwork be setup for T-shirt printing?

What does it mean to colour separate the artwork in T-Shirt printing? It is normally suggested to use Pantone colours for T-Shirt printing. Is it the Pantone Coated or the Pantone Uncoated? The ...
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How do Pantone coated and uncoated colors relate?

I need some help understanding the relationship between coated and uncoated Pantone colors. From what I've read online, the coated formula (say 200 C) is for printing on coated (glossy) stock, and ...
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Is there a color scale for perceived color on different surfaces?

Pantone Coated vs Uncoated indicates how one ink (say Pantone 200) will shown on glossy vs non-glossy paper. What I'm really interested in though, is to get a consistent color accross many surfaces. ...
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How can I translate CMYK to Pantone colors?

In particular, how do I translate CMYK 90C 85M 80Y 63K to a Pantone color?
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Question about spot colours in full colour documents

I am trying to understand various aspects of spot colours. If I am working in photoshop and I use say a pantone colour for a part of my artwork (in my CYMK file) ... lets suppose I've used it as the ...
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What should I keep in mind when designing a metallic duotone?

I'm working on a piece in process black (or possibly PMS black 7) and silver (metallic PMS to be defined) and want to include a photograph as a duotone. I've read around about metallic inks not ...
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How to convert a RGB poster to CMYK with Pantone Colours as reference? (Result must be EXACTLY like RGB)

My file is in RGB, but I need to print it with CMYK. I have tried several printers but they just use my RGB files and print directly, and the result is so bad and dull. My previous printer managed ...
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How to make a smooth PMS gradient transition in Illustrator

I'm currently working on versions of a logo that has some gradients. CMYK looks fine but I'm getting poor results with PMS. I would normally fix this by building a mixed ink in Indesign but it doesn't ...
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Substituting Black C for Process Black in a two-spot color job

I have a two-spot job that uses a Pantone Blue C and a Pantone Black C. I need to create various tints of the black spot, but I don't really like using Pantone blacks for tints. From a production ...
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Does the Pantone Color of the Year have an impact on the colors used in graphic design that year?

Just today I learned that there is such a thing as the Pantone Color of the Year. Wikipedia says that the color of each year is used by ... consumer-oriented companies ... to help guide their designs ...
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Where do you get a Pantone book?

Without dropping $200 - $500 for a Pantone book that I don't plan to use very often, is there a better option to get one?
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What can I use to preview Pantone tints?

is there a Pantone book that shows tint values eg. 20% or 40% of 021c? I have looked far and wide for a Pantone Tint Selector which I seem to recall was available many years ago but now I can't seem ...
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Pantone color conversions

I am a bit of a newbie with using pantones and the pantone color guide. I am currently working on a branding project where we will have print material in both pantone and cmyk, and also on screen rgb ...
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What is Pantone Cyan used for?

What is the difference between cyan and Pantone Cyan Special Color?
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Change of colour when copying into a different Illustrator document

1) When I am copying a logotype from one Illustrator document to another the colours are changing slightly. Anybody know why this could be? I am noticing that the CMYK values are also changing, so it ...
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How do I identify text layers as individual PMS colors?

I am getting a product label printed and the printer is asking that the text in the PSD file to be identified as PMS colors. I renamed the title of the layers to the specific color (e.g. Pantone 116) ...
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PMS on a Roll-up?

I heard most of the Roll-ups are printed in CMYK. I am wondering if it is possible to print with a Pantone on a Roll-up (canvas)?
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Issues with Pantone Colours in InDesign

I have the branding guidelines in PDF format (so viewing on screen) for an organisation with the specific Pantone Colours displayed alongside their code. Now when I add swatches for these Pantone ...
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Difference between Pantone FORMULA GUIDE and DESIGNER FIELD GUIDE?

I need to buy a new Pantone color swatch. I need one that says which percentage of Pantone colors are needed to create another Pantone colors (read: formula guide). Now, I read that newer color ...
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How to pick a specific Pantone color in Photoshop? What about finding a Pantone that is close to a specific CMYK color?

How would I select a specific Pantone color in Photoshop, e.g. PMS 5625? Also, how do you pick a Pantone colour that is similar to a specific CMYK color, e.g. C61, M41, Y58, K16 green? In this ...
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Pantone color doesn't translate to new document?

I'm experiencing a very weird problem in Illustrator with a Pantone color. I have a document open with a logo in it that is Pantone 280 C, blue. I copy the logo into a new Illustrator document and it ...
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Is there a way to extract the pantone colors from a scanned image?

I have this scanned image from a magazine that I have scanned myself, from this image I want to obtain certain colors, and I want them to be from a Pantone pallet, is there a way to do this? To be ...
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What is a spot/Pantone colour?

When should I use them, and how do I pick one? (NB: I know the answer, but think this question fills an important gap.)
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Pantone Colourbridge Uncoated viewing in illustrator

I have a hard copy swatch of pantone Colour bridge uncoated colours. I am setting up some packaging items in illustrator and have shown the client visuals in CMYK. I have now selected the Pantones ...
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Getting an Accurate Colour Match in RGB

I'm designing a website at the moment. The client's corporate colour is PANTONE Black 2C (made up of 70% Black and 30% Yellow). Now, when printed it comes out very dark but with a hint of yellow. ...
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Printing non-Pantone colours

I am wanting to get a design printed on cotton laminate. Is it possible to get non-pantone colours printed? Everyone I've spoken to so far says yes but then says maybe not. I can't get a straight ...
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PANTONE and color conversions

I have been given a standard color palette. The colors are defined in terms of PANTONE #### X for example PANTONE 1234 C. Followed by their CMYK, RGB and HSB values. Another page defines ...
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CMYK to PANTONE differences between Illustrator and Photoshop

I'm trying to find a way to match CMYK color to the closest PANTONE solid color. In Illustrator I use the "Recolor Artwork" dialog, in Photoshop the color dialog. But, if I convert (C=0, M=100, Y=100, ...
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Problem with colors when uploading images to Facebook

I'm having problems uploading a PNG file to the web. The problem is that it distorts the color of the image. The image is a trademark and uses a PANTONE color. I think this could be the problem ...
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Completely different interpretation of Pantone to RGB values depending where I look.

I'm making a web site and have been told the corporate color is pantone 2745. In illustrator, here, and here it is a deep indigo color. Here, here, here and here it is a deep violet sort of color. ...