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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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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CMYK. The Pantone matching system is a print production ink system. Print production always uses CMYK as a basis. Pantone colors have absolutely no basis in the RGB spectrum.


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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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In order to break out spot colors, you must use the Channels Panel. There is no other way if you need proper separations. This is often one reason Photoshop is simply a poor tool to use if you need Pantone colored-text, especially small text. Rather than write a lengthy tutorial on spot colors here are a few links to follow (I'm not specifically endorsing ...


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For total accuracy, you would have to use actual Pantone color swatches, as e100 says. If the magazine is more than a year or two old, then that level of accuracy becomes a bit academic because the original colors will have changed due to fading. You can get "in the ballpark" fairly easily, though, with Photoshop. Open the scanned document in Photoshop. ...


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There is no such thing as a definitive conversion from a PMS colour to RGB, so if the client hasn't already determined what RGB value to use, and there isn't any previous web work to form a precedent, I'd recommend that you provide a few on-screen samples and get them to choose what they think is best by comparing with a Pantone swatch at their desks. ...


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You could always buy them by the chips if you only need them temporary: PANTONE PLASTIC STANDARD Chips Pantone Chip Journal Google Search for Pantone Chips Another option would be to see if someone is selling them used (local sign shop/print shop). Some shops do believe that a rotation of 2 years is standard to purchase and stay up to date with Pantone ...


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the easy answer is, Yes and No... as a professional designer, my boss directs me to use the color of the year style guide they put out, she particularly likes Radiant Orchid. so i HAVE to use it. so yes, it can directly affect graphic designers. in reality, the pantone color of the year are a forecasting for the fashion industry, they look and see what is ...


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Design is all about problem solving. Sometimes, you pick a color palette because you need it to work with colorblind people. Sometimes, you study color theory and learn that certain colors evoke certain moods, so you pick your palette based on that. Sometimes, you want to be rooted in a certain historical period, so you find art and design from that time and ...


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You cannot print RGB. Ink is CYMK. What may have happened is that your previous printer printed your logo as spot colors rather than converting the RGB to CMYK. So instead of using four plates to combine into process colors, they used pre-mixed ink matched to your PANTONE colors and printed however many plates/colors you had. This is just a guess. The ...


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Are you using the Pantone color as a reference to use it on the web or for print? The only way to see colors accurately is to use a correctly calibrated monitor setup using the correct profiles in your software program. Even then it best it will be an approximation. One problem is that the Pantone system is subtractive and a monitor is additive, they have ...


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No, I don't believe there is. Apart from anything else, the scan is an RGB abstraction of the actual printed colour. What you would normally do is compare the original printed item with Pantone's own printed Colour Guides, and find a match by eye. Additionally, if you are talking about a regular magazine page, I don't think the Pantone device would ...


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If you choose another colour system You'll have to speak to your printer about which colours they accept. They may even match to a physical object, paint sample or something else. It's worth noting that in a situation like that, they're probably just going to pull out a Pantone book and match as closely as they can to your sample. If you choose to use a ...


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To get an approximation to the RGB of the tint value, you need a bit of arithmetic: If the RGB of your Pantone colour is (0, 101, 96) and the background is pure white, i.e. (255,255,255) then a 50% tint is pretty much halfway between the two - and that calculation is done for each of R,G,B separately. And the answer is: R=127, G=178, B=176 . That's because ...


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re: how do I pick one? My favorite anecdote for this is from many years ago as I was chaperoning a group of design students through the Walker Art Center's in-house design team's offices. They had us gather as they showed us how they pick colors for their posters, which were often two-color spot printed. The process was as such: someone grabs all the ...



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