DesignFace – Official Pantone Specialist UK Supplier
Stockist of Pantone colour guides and accessories for business and the home
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What is Pantone and why do I need it?
A quick guide on Pantone…
No matter what graphics program you are using, colour laser and inkjet prints or even your computer monitor can never truly represent ‘litho’ inks printed on paper.
Uncertainty as to how colours will appear when printed is not a new problem, which is why for the last 40 years PANTONE® has continued to create guides that everyone can trust.
With so many variables in the design and printing workflow, PANTONE® always gets it right.
We stock the complete range of Pantone reference books, guides and chip sets. Coated / uncoated / pastel / foil / metallic guides are available.
Making things simple…
Pantone Formula guides…
these are spot colour guides. They show all available Pantone colours, and how to make them, out of Pantone inks (specifically for printers) (buy them here)
Pantone Colour bridge…
These set of guides, shows a wide selection of Pantone colours, lined up next to the CMYK version of the colour (a sort of ‘best match’. A designers ‘must have’ when trying to explain to client, why a spot colour within a brand will never match when they have something printed in full colour CMYK (a great tool to convert the stubborn ‘I like that colour blue’ client over to a CMYK full colour version. (buy them here)
Pantone CMYK process guide…
If you only work in full colour… this is the guide for you. This set of guides shows all possible colours which can be made out of CMYK (process colours). Use this guide to showcase a selection of colours to client, and be sure that they will always match, whether printed on a letterhead, a magazine advert, exhibition graphics etc. (buy them here)
Whats the difference…?
Coated and uncoated
The difference between coated and uncoated is… Ink can look different on a coated paper (magazine or flyer) and an uncoated paper (letterhead) – it slightly effects the colour to the eye. Hence why both coated and uncoated versions of the books are available.
Guides and chip books
A guide is a fan book (a long thin book that fans open, fastened with a rivet). A chip book, is a book of colours, perferated, so you can tear out your chosen colour, to show/give to client… present on a mood board etc.
Pantone Colour Bridge
The Pantone Colour Bridge is probably the single most useful Pantone Guide available.
Your screen will never match what you get back from your printer – FACT.
Your home/office print out will never match what you get back from your printer – FACT
The only way to ensure your full colour artwork returns from your printer with any true resemblance to what you expect, the Pantone Bridge Guide is the only thing thats going to help you.
Full colour printing, is all about CMYK – yet when we look on screen, (and often when designing) we see RGB – it’s what a monitor displays. But when that file goes off to print, it will be converted to CMYK.
By using the Pantone Colour Bridge, you can pick a colour (or convert a spot colour) to it’s nearest resembling match – and giving you the CMYK breakdown – will ensure that when used, where-ever used (be it in a magazine, exhibition graphics, even on the web) that what you design should match throughout all mediums. Find Pantone colour bridge and CMYK process guides here.
An awesome little video by Rob Penny
Thanks Rob… We’re loving your work