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A customer sent me a file with some pantone colors. I have the color palette in coreldraw but I do not have the pantone book to match to the roland color chart on the banner material I am using is there a way to do this without the book? Will versaworks see the pantone colors and can it print them? the customer is to far away to come and pick colors from a sample print.
Yes you can use Pantone colors as a guide, What I do is make some squares and fill them with your color choices then print on the media your going to use. Your not going to get great red's green's,blue's or really any great single color, It's a CMYK printer, It's more like a compromise. But there are many Pantone colors you can almost hit with cmyk. The book just shows you what you cannot do and gives you the cmyk closest settings, in my experience cmyk is better for multi-color images as opposed to single primary color vectors that are impossible to reach in cmyk.
If you get a color bridge - you will know by looking which colors your CMYK printer can hit and which will be a miss. You can also look and see if there is an acceptable substitute.
So If I choose a blue 287c and print it it may not be the actual pantone color. Because of
A: the media I'm printing on
B: the fact that it is a CMYK printer
So I think I need the bridge just to see the color they want and find a suitable substitute based on media and print mode.
thanks for the help
From my color bridge:
Pantone 287C = RGB 0 / 51 / 141 = CMYK 100 / 72 / 2 / 12
It will not print out the same if you use the Pantone color - the closest I could match on a GCVP media from my color chart is RVW_PR25K
There is a huge discussion on how VW changes this color and how the differences between the 3 color spaces can be handled. Of course there is a class that I am working on to help everyone understand this better :-) Hopefully it will be available at the end of this summer and we are looking to have a lot of it available via the MVC forum as well.
Pantone 376c R132G189B0 C54 M0 Y100 K0
Pantone 423c R137G141B141 C22 M14 Y18 K45
From my bridge I get different values than you John - where did you get those?
376C will not print correctly
423C is pretty close IMO
Pantone 376C = RGB 122 / 184 / 0 = CMYK 51 / 5 / 98 / 23 RVW_PR07I
Pantone 423C = RGB 142 / 144 / 143 = CMYK 21 / 14 / 14 / 38 RVW_BK09 - Maybe? I would try just printing this one.
Two month's old 2012 Pantone Plus Color Bridge, coated and uncoated? I bought it after a joint Roland and Pantone webinar a couple of months ago they gave like a 30% discount if you participated in the webinar.
Interesting - different formulas from the same company in different guides! I think they are close enough though.
The guy from X-Rite had said a lot of the values had been updated and to make sure your Pantone palettes in your design programs were recently updated. I'm assuming X6 has the recent palettes The webinar is prob on the Roland archives site
I double checked and that's what is printed on the bridge.