1. Color Bridge Coated vs CMYK Coated What is difference in CMYK colors from Pantone Color Bridge with colors from Pantone CMYK Color Guide? What does the CMYK color simulation mean in Pantone Color Bridge? Why CMYK color from Pantone Color Bridge is called Pantone 1234 CP and the same CMYK color from Pantone CMYK Color Guide is called differently - Pantone P 000-0 C?
  2. How should I search the color in the Pantone Guide? For example, I selected Pantone 2190 C color that is the first color on the page in Pantone Color Bridge. Now, if I want to find any matching color I should only search the colors horizontally (only in the first row) or all colors from all rows (what it is difficult comparing the first color with the last on the other page)? At first glance, the colors in the rows have similar saturation so match together very well.
  3. Gray and black CMYK colors from Pantone Color Bridge are not tones of K (0-100% K) but mix of 4 process colors. When I want to use any black Pantone color I have several "black" colors with admixture of red, blue or green color. Is a good idea to buy Pantone CMYK Color Guide for matching gray and black color? When I design a logo I can make the text gray (C0 M0 Y0 K80) and primary color select from Pantone colors, right?

Formula Guide is the most commonly used and recognized of all the color guides. The Formula Guide provides all the Pantone Spot Colors (currently there are 1,867) and their ink formulations. This is a standard tool for most graphic design professionals. Use it to get ideas or find the perfect color.
Color Bridge allows you to see what your spot color will look like if printed using a 4-color process. Get a side-by-side comparison of the PMS Spot Colors (as found in the Formula Guide mentioned above) versus the most similar CMYK printing process equivalent. Color Bridge CMYK values mean little for usual printing conditions. Pantone Color Bridge uses a printing condition that does not match what others in the industry generally print to.

As a CMYK recipe is device dependent, the fixed CMYK recipe values used in Color Bridge create different colors than what would be achieved if a printer was printing to an industry specification such as Fogra 39 or GRACoL C1. These print conditions would require different sets of CMYK numbers/recipe values to create the same/similar visual color.

The Color Bridge is useful to visually show customers where a Spot color is out of gamut for CMYK. I don't find it very useful for obtaining an "accurate" (when in gamut) CMYK recipe for common target printing conditions.

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