Current proofing systems can print spot colours like Pantone or HKS very accurate. With Fiery XF 5.2 Proof software and the Epson 7900/9900 proof printers we evaluated, with which colour deviation PANTONE Solid Coated and PANTONE Solid Uncoated colours can be reproduced in proofing.
The colour deviations were calculated based on the measured colour space of the proof system of Proof GmbH by the proofing software. Deviations should therefore be quite similar in practice. Almost all PANTONE colours can be simulated quite well in the wide colour gamut of the proofer.
The smaller the DeltaE value, the lower is the colour distance of the PANTONE reference to the proofed PANTONE colour. Higher DeltaE values show, which PANTONE colours can’t be simulated accurately in the proof.
Pantone Colour Solid Coated 
DeltaE Deviation Proof 
Pantone Colour Solid Uncoated 
DeltaE Deviation Proof 

PANTONE 100 C  0.89 ∆E  PANTONE 100 U  1.69 ∆E  
PANTONE 101 C  0.60 ∆E  PANTONE 101 U  1.62 ∆E  
PANTONE 102 C  1.23 ∆E  PANTONE 102 U  1.40 ∆E  
PANTONE 103 C  0.72 ∆E  PANTONE 103 U  0.49 ∆E  
PANTONE 104 C  0.48 ∆E  PANTONE 104 U  0.92 ∆E  
PANTONE 105 C  0.80 ∆E  PANTONE 105 U  1.07 ∆E 