06 July 2010 ~ 0 Comments

A quick guide to Pantone Matching System

In an earlier blog post regarding the difference between RGB and CMYK, we referred to the different types of colour development seen in printers, which were the basic (and classic) RGB scheme (Red, Green, Blue), and the newer, more detailed CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black). Going further on the scale of development and detail, though, is the PMS system. But just what is this new approach, and how much detail does it actually go into?

PMS (Pantone Matching System) – an explanaition
PMS (Pantone Matching System), is a concept of colour matching developed by American company Pantone Inc..

The concept of spot colors are also known as PMS colors, and are specific color formulas that will be very accurately reproduced in the printing process. Instead of simulating colors by combining primary colors, spot (PMS) colors are pre-mixed with existing and published color formulas (the latest PMS guide has over 2,000 colours, meaning that there will be more specific details in prints than ever before). Because of the use of the same guidelines, you are almost guaranteed that your PMS 186 from one printer will be matched by a PMS 186 from another printer. Better yet, these PMS colors are often pre-mixed by the ink factory, leaving even less to chance. The term “Spot” refers to the actual printing process by which the colours are applied.

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