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Using Pantone Colours For Printing

The accuracy of colour is critical in design and we know that what you see on your monitor rarely matches what appears on a printed sheet. In order to provide the most accurate colour possible we use a standardized colour matching system, such as the PANTONE MATCHING GUIDE. It is the most widely used and the one that most printers understand. Aside from being able to have consistency, PANTONE colours allow you to use colours that cannot be mixed in CMYK.

Pantone offers chip books that help designers see how colours look on coated and uncoated stock. PANTONE Colours are distinguished by numbers and a suffix. While the number indicates the PANTONE Colour itself, and is standard across all types of stock, the suffix indicates the media or stock, which affects how the ink is formulated to achieve the specific colour.

Same Colour, Different Looks
The type of paper used will affect the appearance of colours. There are two types of paper: coated (C) and uncoated (U). For example, If you want PANTONE Red 032 on shiny paper, then you would specify the colour in this manner: PANTONE 032 C, where the C stands for "coated". If you were looking for a more matte (or flat) colour, then you would specify the colour with a U (uncoated) suffix.

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