Pantone colors can be simulated very well today. T be able in advance to see how well your Pantone color can be reproduced, we have published tables of all Pantone inks where the color differences of the Pantone colors can be looked up already before proofing.
The ISO 12647-7 proofing standard was revised in November 2016 and the test criteria for FograCert contract proof creation were adapted. We have now incorporated these changed criteria into our proofing…
Pantone has added a further 84 colors to ist Pantone Plus color palette in March 2014. The the total amount of the Pantone Plus color now extends to 1755 colors as Pantone writes on his website. The colors were – matching the Pantone color of the year: Radiant Orchid – expanded in the Rouge and Pink range, based on the previous base colors.
Two other changes compared to the previous 50th Anniversary PANTONE guides are visible:
The cover sheets have been redesigned
The order of color arrangement has now changed by going to chromatic criteria and now corresponds to the chromatically correct order. The colors from 2010 and 2012 have now been logically integrated into the new color fans.
For the CMYK guides and the Premium Metallics and Neons & pastel color guides only the cover pages have been updated. Graphic artists and the printing industry should forthwith upgrade its Solid Coated and Solid Uncoated guides to those of 2014 or newer.
Customers are annoyed by Pantone Product Policy
Since the year 2010, there has been chaos in the PANTONE Plus color portfolio, which is not improved by the new color guides generation. At present, there are four parallel Pantone Plus color guides on the market, three of them with different number of colors included in the guide, although that is hardly communicated by Pantone.
The same is true for the Pantone product partners such as Adobe: Hardly any graphic designer knows what Pantone Plus color are integrated into Adobe the specific Version since neither Pantone nor Adobe characterize their color guide generation different. Pantone’s statement: “Compatible with today’s digital workflows – colors can be easily updated in leading design applications” translates rather: “What Pantone colors you see in your application, is pure cuincidence – depending on the update status and your manual intervention.”
Current proofing systems can print spot colors like Pantone or HKS very accurate. With Fiery XF 5.2 Proof software and the Epson 7900/9900 proof printers we evaluated, with which color deviation PANTONE Solid Coated and PANTONE Solid Uncoated colors can be reproduced in proofing.
The color deviations were calculated based on the measured color space of the proof system of Proof GmbH by the proofing software. Deviations should therefore be quite similar in practice. Almost all PANTONE colors can be simulated quite well in the wide color gamut of the proofer.
The smaller the Delta-E value, the lower is the color distance of the PANTONE reference to the proofed PANTONE color. Higher Delta-E values show, which PANTONE Colors can’t be simulated accurately in the proof.