What is the Pantone Colour Matching System?

A swatch fan of pantones
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The Pantone Colour Matching System is a system for identifying, matching and communicating colours across product design, graphic design and marketing. It utilises a unique numbering system for identifying its colours. The system defines over 1500 colours and identifiers that are built into all the primary digital and desktop publishing systems. With the Pantone Colour Matching System, for print jobs, colour consistency is ensured, from designs to the final product.

I design for the most part in the digital space. Pantone is the standardised representation of colour from the CMYK colour process. I use my Pantone swatch book as a source of inspiration and as a technique that allows me to work with colour away from the computer. The message that I take from the use of Pantone is that when I am using RGB is that I save my swatches to maintain consistency. Pantone colours on my monitor may vary. However, I can calibrate my monitor so that the print and digital version of my project match accurately.

When I am using Photoshop, it allows me the ability to work with Pantone colours. If I need to convert an RGB colour to Pantone, then I can achieve this by using the existing tools and accessing Photoshop’s Colour Books library.

Pantone recently announced its colours for the year, 2017: A refreshing and revitalising shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Further Reading

How to Use Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year: Purple Ultra Violet ( The Design Inspiration )

pantone sofa ultra purple

When you think of the colour purple, several associations come to mind: Prince, royalty, plums, and even the book and movie of the same name. Now you can add “colour of the year” to the associations. Pantone picked UltraViolet, a vivid shade of purple, as its champion of colour for the current year.

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teamSimon is a Sydney based digital designer. He is the Director of a boutique digital design studio, Bailey Street Design located in the vibrant inner west suburb of Newtown. Simon studied graphic design at Shillington College and specialises in web design for small and medium size businesses. Simon and his team (Toby the studio dog) are passionate about visual communication in the digital environment


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