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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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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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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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Where can I find old Pantone Process Libraries?

I'm looking for the old CS5 Process Library for a file I need to run dye-sub. The new Color Bridge on CC doesn't have the same range or the colors needed to match on the press. Are they still ...
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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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How to find pantone shades of a particular color? [duplicate]

A client came to me with their logo for a campaign and wanted me to do the collaterals. I did a few thing for her. Now she wants me to give her the names of pantone colors matching the exact two ...
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printing on plastic - coated versus uncoated

I understand the coated versus uncoated dealing with paper stock, but is there any difference when dealing with plastics? Do plastics have absorption characteristics that would provide for color ...
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Difference betwen coated and uncoated formula guides for use on consumer products?

We are looking for colors to be used on portable air conditioners. What is the difference between coated an uncoated formula guide as we choose a color for our product.
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Substituting Black C for Process Black in a two-spot color job

I have a two-spot job that uses a Pantone Blue C and a Pantone Black C. I need to create various tints of the black spot, but I don't really like using Pantone blacks for tints. From a production ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Pantone appearance on screen in PS6

According to the company's book of standards, the color we use is Pantone 534 U. When I select it in my PS6, it appears absolutely different, lighter, more gray. Since I am using the color for online ...
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Indesign, Pantone+ are LAB colors?

I wonder if it is normal that Pantone+ are shown as LAB colors? (picture language is Dutch by the way) I never really pay attention until now.. I have also a preflight that complains for the LAB ...
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Printing light gray: which is better CMYK tints or spot tints?

I'm printing some banners and business cards with variations on a single design (banners coming from two different places, cards from a third place). The design has some very light grays in it: 4% 7% ...
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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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How To Convert Pantone Tint to similar Pantone Color

I have a file provided to me by a client of their logo which consists of various tints of the same Pantone color (50%, 25% etc) I'm trying to find a way to convert these to actual Pantone colors ...
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How many Pantone colors? [duplicate]

I have an illustrator file (it's a packaging design going to be printed) which I didn't design it myself. I see so many Pantone colors in the swatches panel; the person who designed it used many ...
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How to get close to PMS 662 or PMS 296 in CMYK?

Basically I am trying to achieve Navy color or PMS 662 or PMS 296 with CMYK and having trouble. This will be used on Dye Sublimation print. Is there any recommendation on how I should do with CMYK. ...
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How to convert photo into pantone for spot printing?

I need your help please of How to convert an RGB/CMYK photo into spot color pantone in channels? And if there are different methods, I would really appreciate providing them.
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Pantone to RGB print on fabric?

QUESTION 1 I've done quite a bit of a research, but I can't wrap my head around Pantone colours. I understand that this is a "system" for achieving exact colours. But how is this achieved? I assume ...
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How do I generate Pantone swatch chart of all current PMS colors in Illustrator?

I need to generate a PMS swatch chart for all current PMS colors to do print tests off large format printers. We have old charts but need a current one. I am hoping there is a way to generate this ...
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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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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 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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How to input a specific Pantone color number in Illustrator?

Can someone please tell me the steps to input a Pantone number in Illustrator? For example, I have selected what I want to color, now I want to make that selection Pantone #300. Where do I input ...
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Pantone formula guide for matte coated paper

I am trying to figure out which formula guide to get for a job. It will be on matte paper. Should I get the coated or uncoated book.
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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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Can I buy ink pre-mixed to match a Pantone color?

Can I buy an already mixed Pantone PMS 377 ink in the market or do I have to mix it my self? If so please how can I achieve it?
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Pantone color doesn't translate to new document?

I'm experiencing a very weird problem in Illustrator with a Pantone color. I have a document open with a logo in it that is Pantone 280 C, blue. I copy the logo into a new Illustrator document and it ...
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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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Closest CMYK conversion of Pantone 021C

Pantone to CMYK conversion is always a pain to deal with, but does anyone have experience with coming up with the closest CMYK conversion of Pantone 021C? According to Pantone website the CMYK value ...
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Swatch books by Pantone: CMYK Color guide or Color Bridge guide?

I would like to buy a swatch book by Pantone - I mostly work with CMYK colors and was thinking of getting the standard CMYK Color guide when, I realised that the Bridge guide also had CMYK swatches as ...
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Which color space should be used for a logo? [duplicate]

I'm currently designing a logo in CYMK (in Illustrator CS6). The logo will be used in digital printing, web and for business cards. Is it correct to use CYMK or would it better to use colors from ...
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a simple question relate to colors on screen

I was wondering if the Pantone color on my photoshop does reflect the true pantone color when it print. I am currently working on rendering a packaging image that has pantone color. Other graphic ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can't apply a Pantone color in Photoshop

I'm trying to change the color of a specific text applying a Pantone color. However after I clicked ok and click to check if the color was changed, the previous color is displayed instead of that ...
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Pantone values getting lost when re-opening

Working on some campaign pieces. The printer my client is using is having issues with my files: everything needs to be spot colors—which I have set up—but they are reading the files as having elements ...
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What is the best Pantone swatch to use for on-screen designs?

If my work is going to only be used to create image files that will be used online, or in email messages, what is the best Pantone swatch for me to use?
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Which Catalog I will buy Pantone Solid or Color Bridge?

What is the difference PANTONE 340 U and PANTONE 340 UP? Is the UP color CMYK process printed color or not? Because they are really different. I want to buy pantone catalog today and I don't know ...
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Script to assign a Pantone color to a channel in photoshop

I have a Pantone color, say "PANTONE 3135 C", and I would like to assign it to a channel in Photoshop (CC 2015, with ExtendScript 4.5.5, Toolikt CC 4.0.0.1) using JavaScript/ExtendScript. To do this ...
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Pantone- Achieving Color

I'm trying to create a brand identity guide for the small non-profit I work for. The color selected before I joined the organization was Pantone 3125U. I've read so much over the last few months in an ...
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Question about spot colours in full colour documents

I am trying to understand various aspects of spot colours. If I am working in photoshop and I use say a pantone colour for a part of my artwork (in my CYMK file) ... lets suppose I've used it as the ...
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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. ...