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Pantone Plus color system debuts

May 14, 2010 12:00 AM


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Pantone (Carlstadt, NJ) announces the launch of the Pantone Plus Series, the next generation of the Pantone Matching System.

"Adobe Creative Suite plays a central role in helping designers realize their artistic visions and Pantone is also crucial to this process, allowing creatives to make and implement critical color decisions,” says Lea Hickman, senior director, design and web segment, Adobe. "Pantone Plus provides Adobe Creative Suite users with expanded color sets and more intuitive selection to help streamline the creative process."

The Pantone Plus Series provides designers and printers with new features and capabilities including the chromatic arrangement of colors for more intuitive selection, an expanded palette of spot colors, the addition of new premium metallics and a broader range of neons.

Pantone Color Manager Software, free with every Plus Series purchase, lets designers update their favorite design applications with the new Plus Series Color Libraries. An added feature allows users to convert spot colors to CMYK simulations based on loaded ICC profiles. Creatives can also access the entire Pantone Plus Series from their iPhones with the myPantone iPhone application, empowering designers to capture, create and share Pantone Color Palettes – wherever they go and whenever they find inspiration.

All guides in the Plus Series include a ColorChecker Lighting Indicator to instantly show whether current lighting conditions are suitable for color evaluation.

All books in the Plus Series are printed on text-weight paper to more closely reflect the majority of printed work today and meet certification standards set forth by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an independent organization that promotes responsible management of the world’s forests.

The complete Pantone Plus Series includes:

  • Pantone Formula Guide  (Solid Coated and Uncoated)
  • Pantone Solid Chips (Coated and Uncoated)
  • Pantone Color Bridge (Coated or Uncoated)
  • Pantone CMYK (Coated and Uncoated)
  • Pantone Metallic Formula Guide (Coated)
  • Pantone Metallic Chips (Coated)
  • Pantone Premium Metallics (Coated)
  • Pantone Premium Metallic Chips (Coated)
  • Pantone Pastels + Neons (Coated/Uncoated)
  • Pantone Pastels + Neon Chips (Coated/Uncoated)
  • Pantone Color Manager Software
  • myPantone iPhone application

The formula guide and solid chips introduce 224 new solid colors for a total of 1,341 colors formulated with the same 14 ink bases that were the foundation of the Pantone Matching System.

The new CMYK guide offers a smoother progression of 2,886 CMYK colors for four-color process printing. The guide is printed with bio-friendly ISO-certified inks using a digital workflow within ISO specifications and G7 processes, but on optically brightened paper, allowing for a single version that is suitable for worldwide use.

Premium Metallics includes 300 new, non-leafing metallics that have been formulated for greater brilliance even when coated.

Pastels + Neons offers a broad collection of 154 pastels with 56 neon colors.