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How Can I Use Pantone Colors in Illustrator?

The Pantone Color Matching System (PMS) is a recognized color standard used by many professional designers who work with Illustrator. Exact measurements of Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Black (CMYK) values are used in Pantone to create precise colors that can be replicated by various printers.
Being able to achieve such defined results is imperative for professional designs like corporate logos. The last thing any business wants is to have its logo printed in inconsistent colors based on who’s doing the printing. Using Pantone colors in the original design ensures this won’t happen.
Instructions for Using Pantone Colors
Every Pantone color has a number, which makes it easy to identify the precise color you want. Here’s a straightforward guide to using pantone colors in Illustrator.
  1. Locate your Swatches panel. If it’s not already visible, go to Window, then Swatches.
  2. Once you’ve located your Swatches panel, open it and select Open Swatch Library > Color Books.
  3. Click on Pantone+ Solid Coated for any designs that will be printed on coated paper in solid colors (not CMYK color combinations). Click on Pantone+ Solid Uncoated for designs that will be printed on uncoated paper.
  4. Once you’ve clicked on the Solid Coated or Solid Uncoated options, a new panel will appear. Type the Pantone number associated with the color you want into the Find field on the panel.
  5. If you want to see the color values identified by descriptive text as well, click on the Pantone Solid Coated panel menu. Next, select Small List View.
  6. Once you choose the color you want, use the Group Selection tool to select the shape on your artboard that you want to color, then click on the Pantone color you want from your color list. The selected color will fill the shape and will also automatically be added to your Swatches panel for future use.
  7. To select a different color to fill in a different shape, make sure nothing is selected by choosing Select > Deselect All.
  8. Type the number of the next Pantone color you want into the Find Field on the Swatches panel. Select the color you want and repeat steps 6 and 7 to fill in another shape and add the color to your Swatches panel.
  9. Save the file, then close Illustrator.
Adding Pantone colors in Illustrator is a great way to ensure consistency when your designs are printed. If you’re also looking for ways to add creativity and visual diversity to your projects, you can find thousands of interesting stock photos at Shutterstock.
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