Not all inkjet printers can print Pantone Spot color simulations. Some with software RIPs can convert, but the prints are based on specific printer and paper combinations. Typically, the only time to prepare Spot color files is when the file will be output in an offset print scenario where the actual color will be printed using Pantone Spot color formula(s). This is entirely different using process color and converting the Spot color in applications like InDesign and Illustrator where you will see the original Spot color swatch and, hopefully, another swatch of that color converted to process. It may benefit you to create standard process color charts of often used colors as reference so you can establish some type of cosistency.
It may benefit you to create standard process color charts of often used colors as reference so you can establish some type of cosistency.
How true! Here is a digital swatch book for CMYK colors, to be used by inkjet with RIP:
a) Print swatch book by RIP for the specified paper, resolution etc. without color management *)
b) Use printed swatch book as a design guide
c) Print larger areas of preferred colors as well
d) Print documents with RGB images, using the printer profile for RGB data and with CMYK data
like text, color areas etc. without using the printer profile.
*) but with linearization profile, if the printing process should be based on linearization.
Best regards --Gernot Hoffmann
My take: spot colour is not a convenient list of colours, it is a way of working and printing. I believe designers should absolutely avoid spot colour if that is not how the work will print. There are many reasons for this, including differences in how the colours get converted to process when it happens, and truly hideous complications with transparency.
Pantone aren't just spot colours. They also provide colour reference charts. And it's also possible to convert the spot colour you like immediately into process (so long as the CMYK profile is carefully chosen and consistently used). It sounds as if the absent designer has done the right thing.