Knowledge and Downloads about Pantone
Information on Pantone®3 color systems for the industry:
The company PANTONE originally produced color cards for the cosmetics industry. Lawrence Herbert, who had been an employee of the company since 1956, bought the company in 1962 and developed his own color selection and color communication system for printers, known since 1963 as the "Pantone Matching System" (PMS). It was revised in 2010 and expanded by 224 new to 1341 colors - New name: Pantone Plus Series. In 2012, it was supplemented by another 336 new colors on 1677 PANTONE colors.
In 2014 there was a new edition with another 84 new colors and now a total of 1768 PANTONE inks.
In the 2015 edition, the color palettes remained unchanged, the covers (artist cover) of the products were partially redesigned.
In Edition 2016, a further 112 colors were added, so that the current products contain 1867 colors.
A short overview of the different PANTONE color palettes
Under the brand name PANTONE different color collections and a color system for different applications and industries are offered. PANTONE paints are used worldwide and the tools are available in almost all countries. This allows for easy international color communication with consistent color standards. The PANTONE color palettes are being continuously developed and complemented with new trendy colors. PANTONE has been a division of X-Rite, headquartered in the US, since 2010.
Please note: The color shades of the PANTONE color palettes are very limited comparable, because each area shows a different color selection. The respective product areas each serve the color space meaningful for the intended application.
PANTONE Plus Series - Color palette with spot colors for graphics and printing
Launched in 1963 as the Pantone Matching System (PMS), it is widely used in the printing industry as the well-known ink standard. Currently, the color collection includes 1867 standard colors that can be mixed from the basic colors. The color references are available for both uncoated and coated paper and there are many helpful graphics design products. The Solid Colors from the Formula Guide can be found in Color Bridge in the implementation of CMYK for 4-color offset printing.
Download information about the Pantone PlusSeries (only in German)
PANTONE Textile System - Color System for Fashion Home + Interiors
Currently with 2310 standard colors which are available as original cotton samples or as a lacquer coating on paper. Each color has a 6-digit number and a name. The letters behind the number indicate whether it is a color standard on paper or cotton: TPG means paint on paper and TCX means original cotton. The color references of the PANTONE Textile System are of high quality, are used worldwide and there are numerous and useful tools for almost all areas of application. All 2310 colors are also available individually as a cotton pattern.
Download information about the Pantone FHI system (only in German)
PANTONE Plastics - Color Selection for Product Design in the Plastics Industry
Sample books with plastic chips in two versions: 1005 opaque color chips (coding: QXXX-X-X / Q stands for opaque) and 735 transparent color chips (coding: TXXX-X-X / T stands for transparent). The color collection also contains pastel, brown, gray, mother-of-pearl, neon and metallic shades, while the embossed polystyrene color chips have a size of 27 x 33 mm and three material thicknesses. Advantage: all colors are available as single chip.
Since 2013: PANTONE Plastic Standard Chips
Plastic pattern of polypropylene (PP) in the format 48 x 76 mm for all standard colors from the Plus Series and the textile system. Supplied in dust jacket with printed color code CI (Clor index in%). Most colors are already available at short notice. Not yet formulated colors are produced according to customer requirements, delivery time about 6 - 12 weeks, all colors can be ordered separately. The chips are homogeneously colored, color-stable and therefore also suitable for color measurement and formulation. The Plastic Chips are a valuable tool for anyone who wants to produce Pantone colors as a plastic. For use in design, in the advertising industry and in the textile, fashion, accessories and leather industry.
PANTONE products that do not belong to any of the categories - examples
Pantone also develops color references for special purposes such as: Pantone Skin Tone Guide for human skin color determination, PANTONE Nylon Brights color collection with neon colors on fabric or metamerism Sticker for checking the lighting conditions for D50 and D65.
PANTONE Goe - color palette with spot colors for graphics and printing
PANTONE Goe has been available since 2008 with 2058 chromatically arranged special colors for printing.
The color collection was not accepted by the market and is therefore largely unknown.
At the end of 2013 the product range Goe was discontinued.
We have been a retailer for all Pantone products for many years and currently have about 50 different items in our assortment. For questions about the PANTONE products and for advice we are at your disposal.