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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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Hotkey/Shortcut to Remove “7” from Pantone Coated Swatch Search in Illustrator

When you are searching in the Pantone Coated Swatch palette in Illustrator, occasionally it will add a 7 in front of the number you type in. For example, if you type in 426 it will autosearch 7426. ...
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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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Why do printer's ask for PMS Colors to be called out?

We send Illustrator files to print manufactures overseas and they ask for PMS colors to be called out somewhere within the artboard (a box of color with PMS 376 typed out underneath for example). I ...
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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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Finding out Pantone the code for off white color?

I'm in the process of finding the right PANTONES from a an existing branding guide. In the color pallette there is a "white" and an "off white" with the same HEX FFFFFF, CMYK, RGB, codes even though ...
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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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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 ...