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Old 08-22-2011, 04:28 PM   #1
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Anyone here use pantone swatches? I was on their site today, and the discussion board was really trashing the newest set of swatches. (Mine are ancient, and should be replaced).

There are two main complaints. One is that they are now printed on a thinner stock, perhaps because the old ones held up a bit too long for the corporate beancounters at Pantone. The other is that the colors are now arranged chromatically, rather than by number. This is nice if you are trying to get someone to choose a shade of blue, but Hell if you need to find a certain number to match.

Does anyone here have any experience with these?
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(Mine are ancient, and should be replaced).
Mine are dated variously 1993 and 1996 (CMYK)

   
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Yeah, I think mine is 1995.
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I have no idea what pantone swatches are. Can you share more about them and about your own experiences using them?
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Pantone swatches are standard color patches for printing. In the old days an advertiser would request a "punchy" red, and no one would know what he meant. Now the salesman hands him a swatch of about 2000 patches, and lets him pick out what he envisions as "punchy" red. The big benefit is that if the job is printed, the customer cannot claim the color is wrong if it matches the swatch specified.

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Old 04-24-2012, 07:03 AM   #6
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To add to Don's explanation:

The company that supplies the swatches also supplies matching inks and/or instructions for mixing the correct ink color from inks they provide or approximating them with standard CMYK printing inks.

So when somebody at the American Red Cross wants to spec the color for their logo, they ask for Pantone 485 (pretty sure that's the right one) and it's up to the printer to use the matching Pantone ink or match the swatch.

   
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