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Questions tagged [pantone]

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

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Pantone Golds with black

I have a customer wanting to print gold on black stock or black on gold stock (80-100 lb) for business cards and I'm afraid it won't turn out nice, classy like what he is envisioning. I'm looking for ...
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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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CMYK to PMS - which PMS color should I use?

I am developing brand guidelines for a particular sub-brand where I work. Certain details are specified with a rich black, which is a CMYK mix of C10, M10, Y10, K100. Mostly process printing will work ...
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Screen printing gold [closed]

Let me just start with saying I am really a beginner printing wise :) Client wants a logo to be screen printed on apparel. For the time being he will print it on vinyl and later he will do some ...
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Should I alter my new logo to specifically use Pantone colors?

I’ve started at a new company doing 3D architectural visualization. Having a degree and background in graphic design, I’m now working with the marketing department to update and rebrand the company’s ...
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Using the PANTONE official values when converting to CMYK?

I'm not a graphic designer and I need some help regarding Pantone colors. Although I work in the design field my main job over the years is 3d modeling for architecture and industrial design, so ...
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Help! What color palette should i send to printer: CMYK or Pantone? [closed]

I'm totally newbie in printing production and now I need to print something that requires high color correction (be as close as possible to the colors on design file). So what color palette should i ...
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How to clearly see what is process and spot colors in the swatches palette

How can you clearly see the differences between process and spot colors in the swatches palette in Illustrator? I have issues seeing which are spot colors and which are process colors. Is there a ...
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What is the best process to test Pantone formulas for plastic before production?

We've been tasked with designing a plastic straw that will have a printed logo. The Pantone colour of the plastic straw (320 C) and the printed logo (7700 C) have been provided by the client, ...
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PMS vs CMYK Logo colors

So, I designed a logo in CMYK color and printed it using EPSON printer. The colors match perfectly what I see in print and on monitor. Then I convert the logo color to PMS using Illustrator's ...
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Matching Pantone color chips to Munsell color chips

I am rewriting an ASTM standard and am looking to identify a Pantone color chip that matches as closely as possible a specific Munsell color chip referenced in the current standard. Is there a way to ...
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Working with a Pantone Guide in correlation with a well calibrated screen

I have Dell XPS 15 9560 white led display, which is calibrated with an x-rite i1 Display Pro. I mainly do my work in Illustrator and I really want to get the best color accuracy for my designs. I have ...
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Why doesn't the Pantone Color Finder use same preview color for Coated and Uncoated?

Coated and Uncoated versions of the same Pantone color, if printed on the right paper, should (approximately) obtain the same perceived color. So, why does the official Color Finder on the Pantone ...
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Pantone Guide RGB vs Pantone Color Manager RGB

Why do the RGB values specified for a Pantone color in the Formula Guide (Color Bridge Coated) differ from the RGB values specified for the same Pantone color in the Pantone color manager software?
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Pantone 376 C to Web Safe Color

I recently started at a new company and the company paid a contractor for a logo. The logo is in Pantone 376 C and unfortunately contains a gradient with Pantone 382 C. I am working on web content, ...
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What are best practices for creating a duotone? [duplicate]

Any duotone experts out there? What would be your main tips to create duotones? Other than using a light and a dark color and mapping them to light and shadows. I'm interested especially in print ...
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How to choose a PMS colour close to a certain CMYK value?

How do I get a Pantone (PMS) ink colour similar a specified CMYK colour? Is it possible that in some cases the PMS swatch chosen doesn't eactly match the CMYK colour? How would you go about this when ...
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How does 5th color Pantone printing work?

We are trying to communicate with our factory regarding a 5 color process (CMYK + 1 Pantone). For some reason something is getting lost in translation and the samples we are getting back (according ...
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RGB/CMYK/HEX to Pantone Reference for Print and Solid Chip

I'm originally industrial designer. Recently I have been designing a whole new branding for a start-up I'm working with, and obviously there is a lot I need to figure out still. Everything was going ...
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Pantone CMYK Values don't add up to 100 - How to make the ink mixture?

The Pantone CMYK Guide has colours which have values as follows: CMYK = 0,25,56,8 The total does not add up to 100, therefore how to interpret these values into percentages?
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CMYK to RAL or PANTONE conversion

A client needs to produce a large logo for their front office and the production company requires us to convert the CMYK 40,48,77,17 to RAL or Pantone. I have never been faced with such a request and ...
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Pantone Spot Colors in Scribus

I'm using Scribus for some print design projects and I'm trying to find out how to use Pantone spot colors. The wiki here has a list of steps to follow but I was confused on #3 when is says to "assign ...
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AI Color Picker Panel and Pantone Color Finder shows different color values (CMYK, HEX and RGB) for a Pantone Colour

I am working on a brand identity and have finalised a stock colour Pantone 3415U (Solid Uncoated). I am having difficulty finding the matching colour values for the same in CMYK, RGB and HEX/HTML. I ...
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Using CMYK build but providing PMS colour number to match?

I've created labels that will be printed and the company requested that it be CMYK build but also asks for the following: I've never really created something for print before so there is a lot that I'...
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Why do some Pantone colours have actual names?

UPDATE: Pantone have replied to my question directly, the answer is below It stands to reason that no one would want to attempt to name all the Pantone colours (as opposed to referencing them by code)...
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Gold Metallic Pantone Colour for Print

i'm thinking to start working on a t-shirt contest, but i'm not sure yet. The client wants a Gold Versace Baroque Design Style shirt (See example attached). I don't have the pantone book and i'm ...
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Does Ink Manager use official Pantone recommended values?

I was wondering if anyone knows if you use the Ink Manager to convert Pantone Spot Colors to CMYK in InDesign is the outcome an official Pantone recommended value?
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T-Shirts Design Print [closed]

I have recently designed and sent a 1 colour t-shirt to a client for the final review. I used black colour for white shirts and white colour on black shirts. I know now i should use Pantone Spot ...
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Pantone colours or CMYK for a 1 colour t-shirt print?

I designed and sent a 1 colour t-shirt to the client for the final review and I used black colour on white shirt and white colour on black shirts as i don't know what colour is going to choose yet. ...
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Are these Pantone colours all the same?

I have a Pantone colour that is supposedly the same, but seems to be showing up differently from 3 different sources. The colour itself is Pantone 333 C InDesign Printing company (PDF proof from ...
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How well will Pantone neon inks translate on to a can?

Specifically on aluminum cans? I'm wanting to design a neon pink can (PMS 806C) but can't find any images or references to this being done before, and how good or bad neons will translate onto a can. ...
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Matching CMYK photo with Pantone colour

I have a product photo from a client to include in their flyer. I'm trying to get it so that it blends in with the green background (which is a Pantone) Here you can see how the doc looks in InDesign ...
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InDesign: Pantone goes darker when placing .psd

I have a very basic (so far) document with just a background set to Pantone 333 C as you can see here: However, there is a .psd file that I am trying to place into the doc... and when I do, the whole ...
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InDesign: knockout / overprinting

I am preparing an A5 flyer for print using a printing company that my client requested. The doc will be 5 colours as there is a Pantone spot colour in there too. In the artwork checklist provided by ...
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Pantone CMYK v. Solid

I am working in illustrator and creating a logo guidebook for a client. When I go to choose my Pantone color from the provided Pantone Color Book, it gives the option of Pantone CMYK and also ...
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RGB & CMYK equivalents for Pantone Neutral Black U

I can't find the RGB and CMYK values for Pantone Neutral Black U on the Pantone website. rgb.to says it's CMYK 0, 0, 0, 100 but I am not sure if that is right. Anyone know what CMYK Pantone Neutral ...
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Same film different pantone colour

I am doing press project that needs to be mass produced soon. The Metallic Green 7870C is only available at this print shop. I have gradient artwork and using tint, working in AI CS6. If I use ...
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Why are the CMYK breakdowns of PMS colors so inconsistent?

A Pantone color is a pure ink color, all CMYK breakdowns of that color should be the same, they are not. They differ between programs and between libraries. If I pick a Pantone solid color when ...