Pantone & Spot Colours



Pantone is the internationally recognised standard for printing. There are thousands of colours to choose from. The colour system was indebted in 963

Also know as the Pantone Matching System, and is a standardised colour reproduction system. Often comes in the form of a swatch book, basically a fan with the colours explained an there corresponding number. Variety of pantone colours, from Coated/Uncoated/Metallic/Solid & Pastles/Neons. Range slightly in the effect , when printed onto different surfaces, an styles of paper.

Creating a Spot Colour.

Click on a Swatch. The click new swatch. Which is the Folder with a corner turned up.


Once a new swatch had been created, double click on the information.


Will bring up the information regarding what makes up that current swatch you are on. The composite of CYMK.

Want to change it from Process to Spot.


It allows you to change the name of the swatch, always a good idea to name them correspondingly, with your work, all about making it easier fro yourself as a designer.

We changed the name to VARNISH, then created a format rectangle box , an filled it in with the swatch we have just created.

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Easy way to tell which ones are spot colours an swatches. The spot colour has a circle in the square. The swatch is blank. Like below.

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Can change these into Pantone colours. Double click on the spot colour already created, it will open up the colour library again. Click on the drop down box that say Colour Mode. It will display a variety of colour formats.

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Choose Pantone Solid Coated. Going to pick a specific colour we have Pantone 3262c. Then changed the colour of the box into the pantone we have chosen.

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Can also create folders of new swatches, another way of keeping organised when creating any design. We do that by clicking on the folder icon next to the new swatch icon.


The Pantone we choose, has been moved into that folder.





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