Most of the times i will just avoid using Pantone completely. I was kind of hoping somebody with access to one could jump in and help with this. This may result in small change to the color. The measurement system allows you to peg numbers and codes to any color that is within gamut of the system. CMYK in ink as in your example, defined as mixing of four theoretical inks. HSB in light , 31, 46,

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By understanding color systems you can achieve consistency for your product design across printed materials, digital experiences and even production, like the coating of a classic single speed bicycle. Why Different Color Systems? Color plays an important role in keeping all your marketing materials to look sharp and consistent across print, web and production.

Whether you are designing for print or for web, using the right color or color combination is crucial for establishing a strong message, connecting better with your clientele, and eventually improving your brand recognition.

However, it is important to understand that the process of picking colors can be a bit complex considering that colors can look completely different across print and on-screen - even between two screens a color can appear different. Knowing the differences between these color systems, can help you choose what is the best option for the type of design you are working with. It can be the difference between a perfect final design and something that looks completely different from what was expected.

Below, I provide a simple explanation of the color systems mentioned and an overview of the main differences between them. The goal with this post is to give you a better understanding of the main color systems in order you keep your color choices as consistent as possible across all product design materials.

This is a subtractive color system, which basically means that in order to obtain lighter colors, ink must be removed. With the CMYK color system the goal is to use ink to absorb the light reflected on a white background - which in this case is the printer paper. This also means that when all colors are combined, all light is absorbed and will appear black.

The CMYK color system is mostly used with print design work like magazines or books. Nowadays the majority of at-home printers and high-end color laser printers use these 4 colored inks to print texts and images. Is also important to mention that because of this process of using ink instead of light, CMYK colors are usually less vibrant than RGB color. This system is widely used on the majority of printers to replicate tones and graphics through a standardized guideline.

The guideline ensures that any manufacturer can refer to any color and be able to match on print. The majority of Pantone colors are generated with thirteen base pigments that create a variety of unique colors. Each unique color is then labeled via a number which makes it easy to avoid color inconsistencies. Currently the Pantone colors palette includes a total of over 1, different colors. This numeric system creates a more accurate color match than other systems, which makes it perfect for brand identity work.

Pantone is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication in the printing world. The system was initially designed for the graphics industry, but it has also proven useful across a surprising range of industries. This color system uses a series of numbers from and its based on the three primary colors, which then form all the other colors: Red, Green, and Blue.

While the CMYK color system is subtractive, RGB is a light additive color model and colors are added together to create lighter colors. The systems starts with Black screen , then adds the variations of Red, Green, and Blue lights to create colors; and when all the lights are combined, the result is White. Most digital images and graphics are produced using the RGB color system in which each pixel on a computer screen display represents a certain color. The code replaces the series and it changes to a six digit combination of letters A to F and numbers 0 to 9.

In most programs the HEX number is automatically generated. RAL is the baseline for coatings. For specific coatings like automotive there are again other systems that are more used typically vendor specific color systems from the likes of PPG or Glasurit. It all boils down to achieving consistency in coating of for example classic bicycles. The RAL color system is used mainly for powder coating, varnish and plastic coloring.


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