5 Replies Latest reply on Jan 17, 2014 7:10 AM by rob day


    neil aldridge

      how do i access the pantone colours so that they are correct for print?

        • 1. Re: pantone
          rob day Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          If the color will be printed as a solid ink spot color, then Swatches>New Color Swatch>Color Mode>Pantone + Solid. You can also choose from the Metallics or Pastels libraries.


          If the color will be printed as CMYK process you can choose Pantone's recommended CMYK simulation via the PANTONE + Color Bridge libraries, or you can choose one of the Pantone + Solid colors and check All Spots to Process in Ink Manager. In that case it will get converted via your document's CMYK profile on export or print.

          • 2. Re: pantone
            neil aldridge Level 1

            Thank you rob but now i have another question, all of these images are using pantone 5275 solid matt yet they look different, why is this?

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            • 3. Re: pantone
              Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

              I can see from the swatch panel that these are using the old Pantone library that does not define the spot color in Lab, so they have CMYK values. If the document working spaces are not consistent you would get an inconsistent preview. Do they all look the same in Overprint Preview mode?

              • 4. Re: pantone
                neil aldridge Level 1

                hhmmm aarrgh yes they all look the same in overprint preview thanks, this is CS4 bought some years ago and im a little rusty. thankyou again.

                • 5. Re: pantone
                  rob day Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  Are these jobs really printing on press with a spot color—the photographs are printing as CMYK but the backgrounds are a solid 5th color? If the background isn't printing as an extra color you probably want to change the Color Type to Process


                  Your CS4 swatch has a CMYK 60|47|0|30 definition and the preview shows how those CMYK values will print to the document's assigned profile Edit>Assign Profiles... In CS6 and later the preview is always the spot version (Lab color) and never CMYK process


                  So for process color US Sheetfed previews differently than Japan Coated.


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