Pantone - What does pantone mean?
The company that produces “Pantone Guides”; a set of colour matching systems that are used internationally to standardise the reproduction of colours across both digital and printed formats. Thousands of colours have been assigned an individual Pantone reference number, which can be used to identify a colour that has been used, specify a colour that is to be used, (digitally) display a colour that has been used, or to match colours to an existing Pantone reference for easy reproduction of that colour (either digitally or in print). Pantone Guides exist in both digital and physical formats; the Pantone colour system is built in to many existing pieces of software (both graphics packages and desktop publishing packages) and also exists as an individual piece of software (Pantone Colour Manager), while printed colour swatches are available as physical references.
Pantone have a number of colour matching systems, including specific systems for spot colours (Pantone Matching System (PMS) and GoeSystem) and process colours (Pantone Process Colour System), along with systems that cross-reference between the two (known as Colour Bridges). These systems include a basic set of “solid” colours that can be produced using a set number of base colours (fourteen for PMS, ten for Goe, and four for Process Colour), with a specific set to be used when printing onto coated surfaces and another for uncoated surfaces. There are additional systems for creating “special” colours, such as neons, metallics, and pastels. Pantone references are usually identified by “PMS” at the start of the reference code.Go Back to Glossary