Pantone Color Guide

Pantone Color Guide

The Pantone Matching System is the industry standard for color matching

Pantone Color Guide

There are billions of colors. The most colors a human eye can see is ten to twelve million. Computer displays and lighting conditions all effect the color we see. Different paper colors and production methods will also impact the color you see. These variables are why color matching from job to job can be so difficult. To compare colors, printers world wide use the Pantone Matching System. The Pantone Matching System is the most commonly used color guide in the world.

The printing industry standard for color is the PANTONEĀ® Matching System, PMS for short. Furthermore, the worldwide standard to specify color is the Pantone Matching System. The Pantone system currently has over 1,114 specific spot colors. These standard colors are created by mixing 13 base pigments (14 including black) in specified amounts. By comparison, CMYK produces millions of colors. Here is the fun part, Pantone colors can not be simulated with CMYK.

Because four color process only uses cyan, magenta, yellow and black to create color an exact match to a specific Pantone color can not be guaranteed. In addition, paper color and the lighting in the room effect the color you see. Since no two eyes see color the same way, it is easy to see why color is a very subjective subject.

Pantone Color Guide June 7, 2015