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

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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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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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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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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. ...
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How to determine a matching color code from a physical sample?

I need to make a restaurant menu design that matches restaurant wallpapers. For some reason my client cannot get color codes used in wallpaper, but he provided me with a sample. (see below) How can ...
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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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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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Which pantone book should I get?

I'm trying to find the best way to match specific colors across different media (print and digital) for doing identity/branding work for a company. From what I've read pantone matching systems is the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is Pantone Cyan used for?

What is the difference between cyan and Pantone Cyan Special Color?
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How can I make “screens of black for grey” in Illustrator?

I need to prepare our company logo for printing on some envelopes. These are the instructions I was given: Everything as two spot colors - Reflex Blue and 100% Black with screens of black for the ...
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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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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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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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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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Tube Label Gradient Abrupt Cutoff when Printing Help!

We are trying to print some labels on a plastic tube(Using a third party company). We are supplying the artwork. The gradients on the tube sample, when viewed rather closely, are cutting off ...
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Is there a way to get a spot color that's not in my Pantone book?

I'm looking for a color that doesn't match anything in my Pantone color book. I don't see that Pantone sells any books with a wider spectrum of colors. Is there a way to match this color with a ...
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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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Pantone vs process for logo printing

I was talking to my printer today and he was saying that while a single colour logo specified as a Pantone is cheaper to print ( litho offset ) ... that defining it as a CYMK process colour if often ...
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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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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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Swatch Conflict

I am a very novice Illustrator user. I have recently been getting the following pop-up every time I go to copy text from one worksheet to another. This didn't use to happen: "The color swatch ...
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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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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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How to convert colors from PMS to RGB?

I'm working on a branding project and having my background in digital disciplines I don't have too much knowledge about color systems. Currently I'm trying to figure out what are the correct color ...
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How to save a photoshop image for indesign and preserve the pantones?

I'm having a terrible time trying to get a photoshop image to export to an indesign file. The colors need to be in pantone as it will be printed, but whether I export to pdf or import the raw psd file ...
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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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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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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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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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Do all offset printers print spot colours too?

I was wondering if all offset printers print CMYK + Pantone ?Or just some models do print Pantine colours? Thanks
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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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Difference betwen coated and uncoated formula guides for use on consumer products?

We are looking for colors to be used on portable air conditioners. What is the difference between coated an uncoated formula guide as we choose a color for our product.
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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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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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Pantone appearance on screen in PS6

According to the company's book of standards, the color we use is Pantone 534 U. When I select it in my PS6, it appears absolutely different, lighter, more gray. Since I am using the color for online ...
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Finding the Pantone colors used in illustrator

I have a logo that is getting put on to golf shirts and the company has asked for a list of the pantone colors. Is there a way to get a list of all the colors through illustrator?
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Indesign, Pantone+ are LAB colors?

I wonder if it is normal that Pantone+ are shown as LAB colors? (picture language is Dutch by the way) I never really pay attention until now.. I have also a preflight that complains for the LAB ...
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How many Pantone colors? [duplicate]

I have an illustrator file (it's a packaging design going to be printed) which I didn't design it myself. I see so many Pantone colors in the swatches panel; the person who designed it used many ...
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Why are Pantone Color Bridge (UP) so different to Pantone Solid (U)?

I've recently bought Pantone Uncoated Color Bridge fan guide (I've owned Formula Guide for some time now) — it's great. What surprises me though is the obvious color shift in Color Bridge (UP) colors. ...
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Do I need the Pantone Solid Coated Guide if I have Color Bridge Coated Guide?

I need a Solid Coated Pantone Guide. If I buy the Coated Color Bridge, does that have all the solid swatches (PMS) in addition to the CMYK equivalent? i.e. Would it be redundant to buy the regular ...