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What are PMS colors you ask?

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PMS colors are the short way of specifying Pantone Matching System colors. (PMS) Each color has a number and formula to create the colors so they are always the same project to project, media to media. EVERY designer knows and uses this system. including letterpress printers. We mix all those amazing colors from some basic pantone colors-red, blue, green, yellow and more. Believe it or not, this mixture below is on its way to becoming the beautiful blue grey you see here. The colors: Rubine red, black and a lot of transparent white.


Specified Pantone color chips.

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A bit of Pantone HISTORY

In 1963, Lawrence Herbert, Pantone's founder, created an innovative system of identifying, matching and communicating colors to solve the problems associated with producing accurate color matches in the graphic arts community. His insight that the spectrum is seen and interpreted differently by each individual led to the innovation of the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM®, a book of standardized color in fan format.

Since then, Pantone has expanded its color matching system concept to other color-critical industries, including digital technology, textiles, plastics, architecture and contract interiors, and paint. Pantone continues to develop color communication tools for a variety of industries and aggressively adopt new digital technology to address the color needs of design and production professionals.
Pantone was acquired by X-Rite, Incorporated in October 2007.

2018 Color of the year, forecasted  by Pantone is: VIOLET



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