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Post Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:49 pm

Help Checking Pantone to CMYK Please !

Hi Guys and Girls, I wonder if someone could just quickly check for me as I've left my Pantone colour bridge at a clients. . grrr !

I need to check the CMYK values for Blue 541c. . I think its 100,67,0,38 but just need someone to double check from me

many thanks !
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Post Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:57 pm

C100 M58 Y9 K42
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Post Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:09 pm

you're a superstar George, have a good weekend :)
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Post Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:02 pm

George where did you get those values from?

Corel says C 100 M57 Y 0 K 38

as per my Solid to Process Pantone chart.
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Post Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:11 pm

That's odd. Quark gives the values that George has given, but Illustrator gives
the values that Tim has given. Art Director's Toolkit also gives George's values.
So which one is correct?
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Post Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:15 pm

Tim Painter wrote:George where did you get those values from?

Corel says C 100 M57 Y 0 K 38

as per my Solid to Process Pantone chart.


my corel doesnt?
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Post Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:29 pm

ver 12 here George I assume your X3 or X4?
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Post Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:33 pm

x3 just double checked that it was correct.....weird!
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Post Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:39 am

A bit late, but my Color Bridge says

c100 m58 y9 k50

As printed in the swatch though, it's a bit dark, so I'd be inclined to go with George's k42
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Post Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:23 pm

so what is the point of Pantone :-?
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Post Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:29 pm

Just give him black...you can't go wrong then....he won't notice! :wink:
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Post Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:33 pm

guys guys guys


to convert a pantone to cmyk isn't that easy, really isn't. For starters only a 3/4's of the colours in the pantone book can be converted.

Pantone solid to process book is the only way of being certain that the colour is correct. So on one side of the book u can see the actual pantone and on the other side u see the CMYK equiveent.

So, dont go by software as many variables can affect your palletes or software allogarthms, give someone the confidence by matching it by eye in daylight (not indoor lighting)

i have not got the book here, so i am going to skip.
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Who stocks Avery? need an odd Metre of 736 Gold.

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Post Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:47 pm

It'll differ depending on your printer, ink and what paper you're using also. We always just use the CMYK in the Pantone book as a starting point. Typically we use the solid spot swatches to match our print and then adjust the CMYK until it gets close. It's a pain, but gives a better color match.

One of the owners here actually found some script that would create a CMYK chart that made an array of all the CMYK color combinations (I'll have to ask him later where he got if anyone is interested. He's out today.). They printed all these pages out on our printer. That way, when trying to match a CMYK to a Pantone Spot for our printer it would be easier to just scan through the whole chart and then use whatever CMYK color is closest. Of course if the job is to be sent out to an offset litho etc., it's still better to specify the Pantone Spot as they'll use an actual premixed ink (or their own CMYK values).
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Post Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:27 pm

I have a pdf with pantone swatches in CMYK. Print it off on the machine, to show a customer how it will look.

I can't remember when I found it, somewhere online though.

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