Pantone color can be rendered in RGB and CMYK formats for designers who need to match Pantones using software that only renders RGB or CMYK colors and shades. In the past, convenient Web-based converter tools were available to make conversions, but those tools have largely been slammed shut by Pantone in an effort to preserve its intellectual property.
What is Pantone and why one might wish to convert to it?
Pantone is a company that makes a proprietery color system called the Pantone Matching System. Its purpose is to allow designers to create precise colors that will appear the same regardless of the printing equipment used in production. As long as that equipment is compatible with Pantone, the color outputs should be consistent.
Pantone sells a variety of accessories such as Pantone guides that help designers create and print Pantone colors.
The colors that are defined by Pantone are proprietery, meaning that they cannot be used without licensing. Because of this, using Pantone colors is very expensive. This means that most software programs, including open source versions, do not include Pantone capabilities in an effort to minimize cost.
Because some designers need to send work to non-Pantone printers or share it with others who do not have Pantone-equipped software applications, creting RGB and CMYK equivalents is sometimges necessary.
Of course no conversion will be completely accurate and some Pantones will not have any direct equivalent. Here we show you how to covert from RGB and CMYK to Pantone and from Pantone to RGB and CMYK using Adobe Photoshop.