I have another question... which I feel is most likely very obvious
When I use the recolour artwork function in Illustrator to change my CMYK colours to pantone, the colours come up as something like 132-11 U which does not match anything in the 'Pantone colour matching system'
If I am sending artwork for someone to match do I give them "132-11 U" ?
Or should I manually match the colours with my Pantone books?
Thanks for your help and patience.
I have started a new print based role after having done web and i am the only designer.
So daily I get given Pantone colours to make artwork in (which is then sent on to a supplier) - I type the CMYK colour values of the requested Pantone into illustrator - obviously they look slightly different esp since it was quite a bright Pantone colour they are after.
My manager gets annoyed - this isn't the right Pantone you have used etc etc, I have tried explaining that it is a cmyk version of the desired pantone and that I am giving the supplier the exact pantone to match it too. But they are not happy.
(So what I have done for the last job is just make the artwork on screen look like the Pantone colour (even though it isnt the correct exact cmyk match) and have given the supplier the Pantone code wanted.)
I'm just wanting to make sure what I have been doing is correct - using the cmyk values of the pantone # and then giving the supplier the Pantone# ?
Is there a way in illustrator to type in the pantone # wanted and get it? sorry if this is a stupid question but as I was saying before illustrator pantones are things like "132-11 U" which are different to actual pantone books.
I've always used the "Edit Colours" and select "Recolour Artwork" and go to "Colour Books" to select Pantone?
Sounds like you're doing it right to me?
Never had that "132-11 U" type issue though.
There will always be some difference from screen to screen and PMS to CMYK.
Certain colours (such as orange) are notoriously difficult to match.
If you Google a Pantone ref and look at images there is lots of difference to what you see.
I once had this situation before when a colour looked different on different screens so had to order one of those Pantone, tear off swatch sheets and send them around all the parties.
Sometimes things don't do what they say on the tin and it sounds like your manager it being a bit unfair on you.
Out of interest, do they have knowledge of this kind of thing?
If so, get them to do it.
Thanks, I feel if I am manually matching the Pantones they should come out fine, Scotty I have also done the 'recolour' to Pantone and this is what I get?
Those Pantone numbers don't match the physical colour books so I'm never sure what Pantone ref # to give them after I have done that?
Thanks Adam, I have done that but still get the Pantone colours as written above.
How do I see what the actual Pantone # is after I have recoloured the artwork with 'Pantone + CMYK Coated" it still shows as Pantone P 132 - 9 C etc...
I'm on the print side of life, and if your client gives you a Pantone colour, then just leave it as Pantone. Different print machines have either 4/6/8print heads and will adjust as best fit, plus the printer will have pantone book and can match the colour.
You said you are "recolouring your CMYK to pantone"
The only way to do that onscreen is to use the colour books. Most people use Coated or UnCoated which will give you a Pantone number which I think you are trying to achieve..
The number you are quoting is a valid Pantone number but you are choosing the Pantone + CMYK and that is the numbers they assign. Choose Coated or Uncoated and you'll get the the code I think you are trying to achieve.