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Spot A Pantone is a Pantone when it's a "spot" color. Make sure your Pantone swatches have the color type "spot color". Even if you color swatch says Pantone XYZ, it doesn't make it a Pantone; if it's not a spot color, it will be considered as a process color (CMYK). Conversion during export If you are 100% certain that your swatches are "spot" then ...


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Color Separation This is the process of taking the artwork and (for the lack of a better term) separating the colors to facilitate the creation of the individual printing plates. To show by example, here's a 3 color job: Your printer probably won't expect you to create the plates with the trim and registration marks†, but you can certainly help them out ...


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NOTE: This got way longer than I expected, and I purposely glossed over a LOT of detail. If you'd like me to elaborate, just ask. PMS Colors - Absolutely brilliant when used as designed for pre-mixed spot color offset printing. You can be assured the color you saw in your Pantone book is very closely represented in your final printed piece. The problem is,...


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In printing, a spot colour is an ink that is premixed to the colour required and printed from a dedicated plate, rather than being simulated by overprinting dots of ink from the cyan, magenta, yellow and black plates (4 colour CMYK process). It may be a colour which cannot be achieved in CMYK, such as metallic or neon. It may be a colour that is achievable ...


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You're pretty much spot on, they are formulated differently for the different papers. Uncoated is a more matte finish whereas coated is for glossier finishes, although in part that is down to coated paper being naturally more glossy. Additionally due to the lack of the steaming and pressing process, uncoated stock is by far more absorbent and requires the ...


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To answer your second question first, Pantone is a color-matching system, like Trumatch or Toyo. It's just a standard so everybody can agree on what "kelly green" is. In Photoshop, click on the Set Foreground Color box in the vertical toolbar. When the Color Picker comes up, click on Color Libraries. In the dropdown menu at the top of the box, you have a ...


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My answer applies to silkscreen printing only so make sure that's the kind of printing you are dealing with before using this information and also double check the specifics with your printer, better safe than sorry! What does it mean to colour separate the artwork in T-Shirt printing? Like in many printing methods, silkscreen printing prints one color at ...


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Get your (or borrow a) Pantone swatch book and hold it up next to the wallpaper until you find a close match.


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My experience is that yes, the colors do change but in the end it really depends what kind of use you are making of your charts. The Pantone people are obviously responsible for consistency so they won't outright tell you that your charts might be fine for a long time. If you are trying to match things like fabric that goes on a book cover to a Pantone ...


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Select a specific Pantone color in Photoshop Open the Color Picker click the Color Libraries Type the number of the Pantone color you want Click Ok how do you find a similar pantone colour for this CMYK color Open the Color Picker Input the CMYK values Click the Color Libraries button Photoshop will automatically choose the closest Pantone to your ...


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This is one of those bizarre problems, the answer to which is important, but fairly non-obvious. Your best CMYK<>Pantone match is obtained not from the application, but using the Pantone Color Bridge book (not the software version in your applications). Truly. But I know we all like to do it in software, so here are the gotchas for AI and ID: In ...


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You don't say what the end product is supposed to be, so I can only give with limited advice. To find specific Pantone colors as RGB swatches, use this page on the Pantone website. Since you have the RGB values already, you could also just type them into the color picker of the gimp (or equivalent). To get tints, follow Lauren's suggestion, starting with ...


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I guess this pack is what you are looking for. It shows tints of all Pantone inks in 10% increments and some more, including reversed out text and some overprinting.


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I had exactly the same problem you have, with almost the same colours: two blues. My solution was very similar to what Scott suggested in his answer but, (instead of overprinting one gradient on the other one) I ended up, by the suggestion of the printer, overprinting a gradient of 0 to 100% of the darker blue over an area of 100% of the lighter blue. This ...


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If you want a grey, use 50% black or 30% black or 20% black.... Don't use a "grey" color. (You can also use 50% Reflex, 30% Reflex, 20% reflex, etc.) Everything needs to be those two colors, set at any percentage.


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Also depends on where they are stored. if in a dark drawer and only pulled out when used, they will maintain accurate color longer. I've never replaced mine just because it's been a year -- I mean Pantone just wants money. Wish I could tell clients "It's been a year. We need to redo that design." I replace mine when I start feeling like the colors aren't ...


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Cyan is one of the four primaries used in CMYK, or four-color process printing. Cyan is NOT used in formulation of any PANTONE spot color. The shading of Cyan is defined under ISO 2846-1. PANTONE CYAN refers to Pantone's representation of Cyan, which is found in the following products only: PANTONE COLOR BRIDGE PANTONE CMYK COLOR GUIDE


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What does it mean to colour separate the artwork in T-Shirt printing? To color separate the artwork means the printer will typically isolate CMYK or the pantone colors for one plate/screen. This typically depends on the design and the printer. If you're printing a shirt with a DTG printer than separation is typically not needed unless printing on a black ...


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The formulations of the Pantone inks, and the CMYK equivalents, are exactly the same for the Coated and Uncoated books. They publish the two types of book so that designers can get a feel for the difference in appearance when the target substrate will be one or the other. The actual color is the same, however. Printing is more often on coated stock than ...


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Bridge guides provide "process color simulations of all solid PANTONE Color". In other words, the bridge guides are all printed in CMYK to match Pantone spot colors as close as possible. You see the CMYK color on the guide along side the actual Pantone spot color. This lets you compare how close the CMYK color is to the spot ink. Formula Guides are printed ...


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Pantone books show the colors of ink Pantone sells. You can't just "make up" a color and designate it as a Pantone color. If you can't find the color in any Pantone Books, Pantone doesn't make that color of ink. You can designate any color as a spot color within applications, however the point of systems like the Pantone system is that everyone sees the ...


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Asigning a spot color on a document has the purpose that anyone in a system can identify and apply a specific color on your printed project. But if you have control on this process and you know what are you doing you can brake some rules. For example, In my opinion the formula guide lacks of a pretty red. The closest to a c0m100Y100k0 red are warm red and ...


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The color All offset printer can use chocolate mousse to pint if you feed it with that... well probably no, but it does not matter what is the color of the ink you feed. Some Machines can print just one color at the time. That is one head printer. For aditional colors you need to clean the machine and feed the paper again. Some machines can print 2 colors ...


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I print Dye Sublimation at work. About 90% of the time the PMS swatches from Illustrator are off. A number of factors change the actual color output, some of these things may not pertain to you but no the less. Clog heads in the printer Material printed on Rip file settings Room lighting Heat Transfer time I could go on but I imagine that whom ever the ...


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I'll try to answer with some generalities first, because the background info seems like it would help in this case. PANTONE matching ink colors can't be converted perfectly to RGB or CMYK, but there's more than one reason why that is. RGB as you probably know, applies only to light, and making colors from the three light primaries: Red, Green and Blue. The ...


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Yes there are different methods to send a file. In all cases, a good comunication with the printer is a must. Ryan posted one using alpha channel, this is a transparent image. Another option is to simply send a grayscale image and talking to the printer that you want a spot ink there, other than black. (Image > Mode > Grayscale) A more advanced option is ...


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There is no substitute for an actual Pantone swatchbook if you are a) specifying color for a project and want to know accurately how it will print, or b) if you're putting together a color board for presentation to a client. There is no on-screen rendering that will show all PMS colors 100% accurately, or even some parts of the CMYK gamut -- the color gamuts ...


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Am I right to ignore Illustrator and only really view my handheld swatch for colour accuracy? Yes. That is the entire point of the Pantone system...you can't reliably replicate printed colors on a screen, so you need to go with the printed samples. For that matter, it's hard to even trust CMYK rendering on screen. Also, you really should be asking for a ...


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This is applicable to Creative Suite 6 applications only, previous versions of Adobe software will not be effected by this. Adobe/Pantone felt it was a good idea to include the Pantone+ color books in CS6 applications. The Pantone+ books are built upon LAB values and do not contain CMYK color builds. Previous versions of the software included both LAB and ...


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In Illustrator CC: Fill in your desired shape with 90C 85M 80Y 63K by selecting it in the color picker then press ok: Select the shape with the filled color and go to Edit -> Edit Colors -> Recolor Artwork...: Drop the color in the right panel titled Color Groups: Click the drop down button and select Color Books -> Pantone + Solid Coated: ...



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