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Working with pantone color

Working with pantone color

Working with pantone color

Hello All,

I am working with two pantone color PANTONE ORANGE 021c and PANTONE 288c,I want to make brown and black color by mixing these two pantone ,I am using transparency option.is this ok? or any thing else? please suggest,find attached color mixing.eps file for help

RE: Working with pantone color

...as already answered in your photoshop query:


...the method is fine to use either multiply or overprint to mix colors...

...as you are probably aware, screen color of pantone inks is very hit and miss, the only real way of knowing is to get a wet proof from your print provider, the actual ink on the actual paper, but these are expensive...

...the next best option is to have a digital proof from the print provider, but matching pantone inks on a digital proofer isn't easy and depending on what proofer the print provider uses, it can be impossible...

...failing any ("accurate") digital/wet proofing whatsoever, it really is a case of "best guess" on a calibrated screen. Again, pantone colors on screen are not accurate, so it really can be a case of "best guess"...


RE: Working with pantone color

...in illustrator you can get a more accurate view turning on "overprint preview", under the view menu, and also turning on "view > proof colors", and specifying a proof profile under "view > proof setup > customize"...

...for that brown, you will be better off turning the color on top to overprint or multiply, as when using opacity you create a screen, which will actually knock out the blue, rather than actually mixing together...

...the blue underneath will have holes in it essentially...

...i also think you might get a richer brown color by keeping the orange at 100%, and turning the blue down to a percentage screen...


RE: Working with pantone color

...also to add to my above posts...

...as far as onscreen rendering of spot colors can go, viewing with overprint preview turned on is as much as you can do...

...until you print, it is often a case of "fingers crossed", especially if you avoid paying for wet proofs...

...the dark mix of both colors at 100% is all you can do, but the brown i believe would be better if the orange overprinted a screen on blue, or screen both blue and the orange, maybe 90% orange overprinting 60% blue, something around there...

...P021 is a very bright orange and P288 is a very dark blue...

...the factor that effects color is what paper that color is printed on too, the same ink looks different on different papers...


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