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What is the difference between cyan and Pantone Cyan Special Color?

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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
  • Hey John, welcome to GD.SE! We generally dissuade users from using signatures, but I encourage you to register and add your affiliation with Pantone to your profile! – JohnB Aug 12 '13 at 16:45
  • Thanks for the clarification, John. And welcome to the community. I hope you can stick around and help us with ink questions. – plainclothes Aug 12 '13 at 16:52
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It's simply Pantone's officially approved formulation for cyan.

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