The supplied Pantone colour and CMYK colour are slightly different. Which one should I use?

Can you match Pantone with CMYK?

Myth 1: You Can Use Normal Inks to Match Pantone Swatches



You can print a piece with both Pantone ink and CMYK on the same machine, as long as the machine has that ability (each ink is called a “spot color“).

Should I use Pantone or CMYK?

With CMYK, it’s easier to bundle different jobs together than it is with Pantone. For consistent color matching in branding and logos, Pantone is a better choice. For print jobs where exact color isn’t a concern, CMYK is the best choice. It all depends on the nature of the print job and your budgetary constraints.

When would you use Pantone over CMYK?

CMYK colors are ideal for full color images, such as photographs. Pantone colors on the other hand should be used for stationery and logo designs. The reason a Pantone color should be used is to ensure your branding color is consistent throughout.

Are Pantone colors accurate?

Any printed labels with transparent spot colors will have variation from printing press to printing press, and a percentage of a Pantone color is not something that can be accurately and consistently matched to. There is no physical Pantone chip for “25% Pantone 187 C” that a press operator can use for comparison.

Are Pantone colors free to use?

The system itself is free to use in the sense that a language is free to use. If you have a computer or a smartphone, you can make use of the Pantone website and other free online tools. Beyond that, color books and other products, tools, and memberships must be purchased.

Do you have to use Pantone colors?

No, you don’t need a Pantone (PMS) color for your logo, or other elements of your brand identity, but you should have defined the key colors in at least one color system and have noted the formulas.

Why you should use Pantone colors?

Why are Pantone colors important? Pantone colors are hugely important for color consistency. They allow designers to color match specific colors when they have designs that are beginning to enter the production stage – no matter what equipment is being used to produce the design.

How do you use Pantone colors?

To maintain color consistency, designers use Pantone Color Guides to identify their desired color. Once a color is chosen, the designer can simply specify the number of the Pantone color to the manufacturer or printer.

Where is Pantone used?

The Pantone Color System, or PMS, is a standardized color matching system, which is widely used around the world. It was devised to help printers and designers to specify and control colors for printing projects. The Pantone Color System allows you to specify colors that cannot be mixed in traditional CMYK.

What is CMYK used for?

CMYK Definition



The CMYK color model (process color, four color) is a subtractive color model, based on the CMY color model, used in color printing, and is also used to describe the printing process itself. CMYK refers to the four ink plates used in some color printing: cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (black).

How do CMYK and RGB render differently?

How do CMYK and RGB render differently? These color render differently based on the amount of white space that is already provided and how much “mixing” of colors needs to occur. In order to get the correct color on all mediums, the colors need to be converted.

What is Pantone and why is it important?

The Pantone Color System is the most important color matching system in the world. The system originated in 1963 to solve the problem of complicated color matching in the printing industry.

Why do Pantone colors look different?

The letter suffixes of U, C, and M tell you how that particular color will appear on uncoated, coated, and matte finish papers, respectively. The coating and finish of the paper affects the apparent color of the printed ink even though each lettered version uses the same formula.

How does Pantone decide color of the year?

The company chooses a color of the year, based on design trends it sees in various industries. Pantone has pronounced a color of the year since 1999. Its choice often bleeds into fashion and design, and brands produce and sell goods in that color.

How do I choose a Pantone color?

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The difference is just what material you're printing on so if the paper is has a coated finish or an uncoated finish. You would select accordingly.

What is the difference between Pantone CMYK coated and Pantone solid coated?

The Pantone CMYK swatches are a set of Process swatches developed by Pantone. The Pantone Solids (Coated or Uncoated) are the Spot colours you are most likely looking for to design your brand book.

Which Pantone swatch library should I use?

The simple answer is: Pick a Pantone based on the type of paper on which the logo will be printed. If the prime use is uncoated letterhead stock, pick from the Pantone Uncoated solid swatches (these will have a number followed by a U, ie. “1234 U”).