Pantone adds 294 colours as total climbs to 2,100

Pantone, a global authority on colour and a provider of professional colour tools for graphic designers, has added 294 “trend-relevant” colours to its Pantone Matching System. This move creates an overall library of 2,100 colours – including improved cross-referencing to Pantone’s Fashion, Home + Interiors (FHI) system – allowing for more design flexibility throughout the production and supply chain. The latest colour additions “are the most stable and consistent printed colours, with updated cross-referenced data for closer uniformity between physical and digital formats,” said the company.

This marks the first addition of colours to the Pantone Matching System since 2016. “These new colours offer graphic and product designers, brands, printers, converters and ink manufacturers unique benefits for every creative and professional need, as well as an even more seamless process to transition between physical and digital mediums,” said Pantone. “Combining the stability and consistency of physical Pantone colour guides and the expansive, easily cross-referenced digital Pantone colour libraries, this new expansion offers users the opportunity to create truly cross-platform designs, from inspiration to production, allowing users to colour with confidence.” Key features of the new PMS colours include:

  • Trend-relevant colours with tighter production links. The addition of basic colours (neutrals, tans, grays, navy, blacks) allows for additional achievability of colours throughout the design process, while also maintaining close proximity to upcoming trends.
  • Colour accuracy – down to the DNA. The latest Pantone colour guides are the most stable and consistent printed colours, matching the master standard digital data with all-new and updated cross-referenced data for closer parity between physical and digital formats.
  • All Pantone colours online and now. Designers can access all PMS colours, including the addition of all-new 294 PMS colours and all FHI colours, in real-time through the Pantone Extension for Adobe Creative Cloud available through the Adobe Exchange for Creative Cloud Marketplace.

Pantone also announced that designers can now access the most up-to-date Pantone colour libraries within the latest version of Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. A new Pantone Extension for Adobe Creative Cloud allows users to search both PMS and FHI colour systems to easily convert CMYK, RGB, and Hex values to Pantone colours. In addition, users will be able to build palettes of Pantone colours that can be saved and stored, allowing creative teams to share and re-use colour palettes when utilizing the extension in Adobe Creative Cloud.

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“We’re always attuned to the changing market and the needs of our creative customers. As a result, we’re excited to create an even more efficient workflow as we roll out new colours for the graphic arts and improved cross-referencing between Pantone’s PMS and FHI colour systems,” said Adrián Fernández, Vice President and General Manager of Pantone. “Adding the launch of the Pantone Extension for Adobe Creative Cloud to this mix, will enhance the ability to identify, communicate and verify colours, both physically and digitally, in the Pantone universe.”

Adobe Senior Director of Partner Ecosystem, Vijay Vachani, added: “By integrating the full Pantone experience, including the 294 new colours added to the Graphics library into Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, the Pantone Extension for Adobe Creative Cloud delivers simple, intuitive and collaborative colour workflow management for designers. Adobe and Pantone are excited to explore more opportunities to improve the everyday lives of our shared customers.”



Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.