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Questions about the Pantone Matching System, a widely used model for specifying ink colors in print design.

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Pantone TCX to Coated conversion

I need to convert some fabric colors to ink colors for screen printing. In the past I would use Pantone's X-Ref web utility but they've discontinued it. The only option appears to be paid a premium ...
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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 &...
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CMYK and Pantone Issues

What is the difference between CMYK and Pantone? When Pantone is recommended in design and when CMYK? I have a logo which is using C(Blue) 100% and I need its Pantone code, But unable to find it ...
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Why are Pantone Bridge CMYK levels slightly different between Coated and Uncoated?

Pantone Solid – Shows same formula, different outcome. Pantone Bridge – Shows different formula(C 0,0,56,0 vs. U 0,0,50,0) and different outcome? So Pantone Solid defines formulas for their spot ...
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Need help to accurately measure acrylic paint color into RGB

I collect anime cels and I want to measures all the color on the cels and store them as RGB data. I have tried scanning them with my calibrated Epson V600 scanner, the calibration was done using a 288-...
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Color of regular blue ballpoint

I have an InDesign document typed with a handwriting font. I want to make the color of this font as close to the color of my ballpoint pen as possible. Does ink colors that are used for ballpoint pens ...
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Why does Pantone color bridge tell me one thing, but illustrator another?

Why is it that when I change the color from spot to process via my swatch options dialog box, it is different than the Color Bridge value in my swatch book? Take PMS 200 C, for example. When I change ...
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How are the publishers able to print book covers in neon colors?

How are printers and publishers able to print book covers in neon? This House of Night book cover, for example, has the effect of neon color, but when I try to do it with CMYK they don't look vivid. ...
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Soft proofing a duotone separated image in Photoshop

I need to prepared B&W images for 2-color offset printing. The print company advised to use 2 × blacks (one neutral black and one slightly warm tinted black), to get really appealing blacks in ...
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The supplied Pantone colour and CMYK colour are slightly different. Which one should I use?

I've been supplied a branding colour palette from the company with their primary brand colour. They have supplied the Pantone spot and CMYK number for this brand colour but the two colours are ...
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How to find a paint color that corresponds to pantone swatch?

I have a fabricator who needs me to send paint colors that match the pantone shades i'm using in an illustrator document. The colors are 7495c 60% tint and 611 20%tint. Is there an easy way for me to ...
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Spot colors, new spot channel, 2-colored printing

I am illustrating a picture book in Photoshop, but the publisher wants to make it 2 colored (she said use green (Pantone), black and white). I have never before illustrate with Pantone color or 2-...
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How to create a vibrant gradient with 2 Pantone Colors?

I'm working on a logo with a gradient. The original gradient is set along a path. When I outline the stroke, Illustrator converts it to a mesh. This seems to work well for both RGB and CMYK versions ...
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Pantone and process mismatches

I am having a headache with a brand palette from a client, the values in which don't match Pantone's colour finder values on their website nor my Adobe CC colour books. For example, when I select ...
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Is Pantone becoming antiquated?

This may be a bit of a rant but maybe I am missing something. The more I dive into Pantone color matching the more I am starting to think it's all worthless. I have been a graphic designer for many ...
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How to make a vivid orange pantone color for a book title, if I need it to be printed in process colors along with some photo?

I need to print a title for a book cover and it needs to be bright/vivid orange, but it needs to be printed in Process colour along with a photograph.. (to print it at the same time) and i dont know ...
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Pantone colour shades

Is there some sort of secret way I don't know about to easily identify related shades of a Pantone colour (i.e. lighter / darker within the same colour) ? The underlying use is creating a theme ...
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Limiting a textile pattern to Pantone colours

When working in Photoshop to design a textile pattern using Pantone C colours, how do I ensure that the colour palate is limited to Pantone even after blending colours to achieve gradients and ...
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Best way to convert RGB to Pantone Colours for digital printing on fabric without Pantone Colour Book?

I have created a number of designs and am having them printed on cotton and bamboo fabric. I've done my designs in illustrator in RGB. I'm wondering how I can convert my RGB to Pantone colours without ...
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Which Pantone guide do I require?

I have a sports item which has some wear & tear. I want to identify the color using a Pantone guide, to order an ink and restore the item. The sports item has a glossy surface, so I think I want &...
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Pantone Zone - Can I get away without the bridge?

thanks for reading. I looked through the other questions/answers but couldn't figure out my answer. I have designs for three labels in Illustrator for printing on bottle labels and packaging for those ...
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Considerations for a producing a multi-color logo

I'm working on a logo where the client ask that I incorporate additional colors. I currently have a two color logo, orange and green, and they want the orange to transform into the red. This makes ...
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I've designed a logo with RGB colour gradients. How do I find the exact CMYK or Pantone colours for print?

I have designed a logo with a gradient of 3 RGB colours. I'm liking the colours for digital but now I want to duplicate the logo with CMYK colours for print. What is the best way to do this? Is it to ...
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How to find a color within area in CIE 1931 color space

Color should fall within an area defined with coordinates in CIE 1931 color space as stated in CIE 39.2 - "Recommendations for Surface Colours for Visual Signalling". The area is described ...
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Converting colour space to RGB

I usually use the colour bridge coated guide to get a match between my cmyk and spot colour. The problem is I find the RGB colour match in the bridge book (which im aware is a conversion from the ...
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Do trapping at the design stage when working with metallic inks

I read a good book on DTP. The author stated, that one should do the trapping at the design stage when working with metallic inks, instead of automatic trapping in the RIP. Unfortunately the author ...
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Do not overprint black text over metallic Pantone colors

I just read a good book on DTP. The author stated that one should not overprint black text over metallic spot colours. Unfortunately he doesn't explain this further. I would like to ask why not ...
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have "exact" colors when printing

When you have to make a design for printing you should always use CMYK color method, but when you need to print it the result depends on the ink and the print setup used in the specific printer shop. ...
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Missing Pantone Process Magenta C?

I can't find Pantone Process Magenta C in illustrator's color books. I can find Process Yellow C, Process Blue C and Process Black C, but the magenta is missing. I have the color books updated. Does ...
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How can I find a good CMYK approximation of a colour in the real world (e.g. on a wall)?

Let's say I have a wall of some colour, but I have no way to determine the actual paint that was used. All I have is the eyeball impression in front of me. How can I now work out a good CMYK colour ...
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Are spot colors limited and why CMYK mix is not treated same as spot color mix?

I read this article today. I understood a few things, but few remained unanswered. The article mentioned 18 basic colors. The things little confused me after that line. I assumed Pantone have only 18 ...
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What is the relation/difference between CMYK, C and CP in Pantone colors?

I'm new to Pantone colors. I read this question before coming here. The answers didn't have anything I was doubtful about. In one of the answers I got previously, I read this: Essentially the C is ...
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How to find RGB or HEX for Pantone colors for graphic design?

The client gave us the Pantone color codes. These are used on health supplement product packets printing. But the codes can't be used on social media designs. Is there any way to find the HEX or RGB ...
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illustrator gradient slider lightens up in the middle

I have a simple two color gradient on an image. I changed the colors to pantone colors to print the design. But now that I changed the colors, the gradient lightens up in the middle. I would love ...
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Have Pantone Number, Now How Do I Find In Illustrator? [duplicate]

I have selected a Pantone color from a Pantone book, let's say 285 C, now I want to make my artwork to that Pantone color and ready for print. How do I go about it?
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Correct white to use in spot color knockout

Should one use Paper White C0 M0 Y0 K0 or 0% of a spot color when doing a full white knock out of said spot color? Also, if the white knockout spans more than one spot color, does the same apply?
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How to create Gradient Highlight / Shadow using One Spot Metallic Gold Color

My client asks to use one metallic gold color (for example Pantone 871c) in large heading text and other designs. I'd like to make the gold color pop even more with gradient of light and dark. How do ...
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Best Practice for colours that are different between applications

I am trying to create a colour swatch for a brand based on the branding guideline supplied by the original designer from around 2014. In their branding guideline they have supplied the following ...
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Illustrator Creative Cloud Pantone conversion

I am using latest Illustrator, colour settings Generic CMYK. Artworks will be printed in CMYK. I have been supplied with Pantone colours that will need to change to CMYK for print process. When I ...
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Pantone-like color matching for latex 6-color printing?

For print design with 4-color process, I've used the coated version of the Pantone Color Bridge to select colors. I'd like to select similar, perhaps wider-gamut equivalent colors to be printed on ...
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How to provide Pantone swatch separately to printing company?

I've sent the print company I'm working with through my client the working ai file that has the Pantone swatches in it, but they're asking for the colors in a separate document? Excuse me for sounding ...
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How accurate is pantone conversion in Illustrator and how should I send "Pantone References" asked by the printer?

I've been hired to do a big campaign that requires all sorts of permutations of an Illustrator design. Most recently, I was asked to make a banner. The printer wants my Illustrator file (no pdf) in ...
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How does everyone travel with their pantone formula guides?

They're made of such thin substrate now that I end up carrying the two guides inside the box that the guides arrive in, and it's bulky af. I only ever use the Solid Coated guide. Anyone have any ...
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Pantone troubles

I see that Pantone troubles are quite common here, but I swear the more I read about it, more confused I am. :) Every time I have to prepare files or create a brand book these doubts come to mind. If ...
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Converting Pantone to RGB

I need to convert my client's logo from Pantone to RGB. The first is Pantone 297. If I convert it to RGB, is it R130, G198, B226? How about the blacks? I am not sure what these percentages mean. ...
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Pantone Color for Gold Metal (on furniture) [closed]

we are working on creating a furniture piece made mostly of metal. We would like this metal to be colored gold. The manufacturer can only use Pantone colors to color the metal. We have located Pantone ...
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Is it possible to have a lower/higher quality of Pantone inks and what influences it?

When you're using Pantone colours in some prints or in my case packaging design - will you get the same level of quality ink in different printer shops? How do they get their supply, does it all ...
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Why does colour fade on packaging (light cardboard boxes) if not exposed to sunlight or any direct light/heat?

We designed the packaging for premium skincare boxes using light Pantone colours (two are pastels, one is just light soild) + soft touch matte coating. After just two months of sitting on the shelves ...
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Matching a Pantone Solid Coated colour with a Metallic Pantone perfectly?

I'm creating some packaging for a drinks company, I'm trying to match the flavour colour used on the bottle with the bottle cap which is metallic. The problem is i'm not getting a good match using ...
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Choosing Pantone colours in Duotone dialog window in Photoshop?

Anybody knows a workround? It is a real pain just searching through it randomly, wishing you will finally click the Pantone you want.
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