What is the Pantone color system?

A brief overview of the Pantone color system

The Pantone Color Matching System is a standardized color reproduction method.

Which means that different printers all over the world are able to reproduce the exact same color without having to refer to one another.

The vast majority of all printed products are produced in CMYK. This process uses four colors of ink (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black) to create images. This process is usually used for pictures

The Pantone system is used for creating and matching solid colors. It is comprises over 1,114 different colors that cannot be created through the CMYK process. By mixing thirteen base colors plus black and white this incredible range of colors can be achieved. Colors are also specified for the type of paper that they will be adhered to. Spot colors are labeled with a U (uncoated) or a C (coated) to differentiate between the two.

The worlds of Pantone and CMYK are not mutually exclusive. There is a small portion of the Pantone range that can be recreated in the CMYK process. In addition to this, some offset and digital offset printers have to ability to print several Pantone spot colors in addition to their regular CMYK printing process.

One such example is Duggal’s HP Indigo digital offset printer.

Knowledge of the Pantone system is important because it creates a bridge between the creative and technical sides of the commercial art world. It is a simple and precise method for designers to understand the limitations of the printing process and for printers to accurately and faithfully recreate the artist’s designs.

Pantone’s uses are not limited to the world of graphic design and offset printing. The company’s market has increased vastly in recent years and now includes the color critical industries of digital technology, fashion, home, plastics, architecture, contract interiors, and paint.

Learn more at www.pantone.com