# Is every Pantone color displayable in sRGB?

I thought this would be asked somewhere before, but I can't find it. So if you have any good links for me to read please let me know.

How much do Pantone (especially Pantone Solid Coated) and sRGB "overlap"?
Is it possible to classify pantone somewhere in a graphic like this?

Does sRGB cover every Pantone color and can sRGB (technically) display all Pantone colors (I know, that there could be display issues with the screen not showing the exact color)? I'm just interested in the theoretical coverage to convert between these two systems or if I will lose information when I do the mathematical conversion.

• No.. easy result... dot-color.com/2012/12/11/… Jan 26 at 9:56
• @Scott Thanks. But that's one color. Yes, it proves that not the whole Pantone system is possible to display in sRGB. But at what percentage can I display Pantone in sRGB?
– jona
Jan 26 at 10:04
• There are several colours that would be impossible in RGB. The first that come to mind are the fluorescent/day-glo and metalic inks, so the answer is no. Jan 26 at 10:05
• The chromaticity chart you show causes you to misunedstand things. What you see in the graph is a slice of the chromaticity as a function of intensity. CMYK is much better at doing dark colors than sRGB and vice versa so the darker in chromaticity you go the more CMYK dominates. The brigher the more sRGB. IN either case since panatone colors are inks they can technically span a much wider rande than either of these, but are unlikely to win on the brighetst colors. Jan 26 at 13:39

Pantone actually answers this on their site.

No. The gamut for Pantone colors varies from the sRGB gamut. Not all Pantone colors are possible in sRGB.

As for mathematical conversion.. well, I do art. I was told there'd be no math. I can't help with that. `:)`