How To Find and Add Pantone Colors in Photoshop

To find and add Pantone colors in Photoshop:

  1. Click the active color box in the Photoshop toolbar. This will open the color picker dialog box.
  2. Click “color libraries” in the dialog box.add pantone to photoshop- color libraries
  3. Click the drop-down and select the Pantone Color book your swatch is in e.g Pantone Solid Coated.How To Find and Add Pantone Colors in Photoshop-color books
  4. Now quickly type the first few digits of the specific Pantone color you need. e.g to find Pantone 232 C, type in “232” and Photoshop will bring up the color. It’s important you type quickly so that Photoshop searches the digits as one number rather than single digits.
  5. You may also search for the color name. Type “y” to bring up all the yellow colors in the book.
  6. Once you’ve found your Pantone color, click ok.Pick pantone color- How To Find and Add Pantone Colors in Photoshop
  7. The color will now appear as your active color in the toolbar. You can now use it with your brushes, shapes, and other coloring tools.

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How to save Pantone colors in Photoshop

After following the steps above, you may need to save the colors you’ve used. To save your Pantone colors in Photoshop:

  1. Open the swatches panel by going to Window>Swatches.
  2. Click the active color box in the toolbar. It will open up the Pantone Color Library box if you had already picked a Pantone color following the steps above.
  3. Click “picker”. Don’t change the color at this point.
  4. Click “Add to Swatches”. Photoshop will ask you to name the swatch. You can type in the Pantone name, but Photoshop doesn’t automatically do this for proprietary reasons.add pantone to swatches
  5. Click “Ok” and the swatch will appear in your Swatches panel. You can save the swatches by clicking the options icon on the swatches panel and then “Save swatches”. Proceed to save them to your computer storage.swatch panel options

Alternatively, you can:

  1. Click the “Create new swatch of foreground color”. Make sure you had already found the Pantone color using the process at the start of this article, and the Pantone color was still the active color.create new swatch
  2. Again, note that Photoshop does not automatically save the swatch with its Pantone name. so make sure you’ll remember the name you saved it with or manually type in its Pantone name.

How to convert CMYK to Pantone in Photoshop

To convert a CMYK color to Pantone in Photoshop:

  1. Click the active color box in the toolbar. This will open up the color picker dialog box.
  2. Find your CMYK color or input the CMYK percentage values if the color wasn’t active already.cmyk value fields in photoshop color picker dialog box
  3. Click “color libraries”.
  4. Select the Pantone color book in the drop-down e.g Pantone Solid Coated. Photoshop will find the closest Pantone color match of your CMYK color.
  5. Click “ok” and the color is now your active color ready for use.

How to convert RGB to Pantone in Photoshop

This is similar to the process of converting CMYK to Pantone above. To convert RGB color to Pantone in Photoshop:

  1. Click the active color box in the toolbar. This will open up the color picker dialog box.
  2. Find your RGB color or input the RGB percentage values if the color wasn’t active already.
  3. Once you’ve found your color, click “color libraries”.
  4. Select the Pantone color book in the drop-down e.g Pantone Solid Coated. Photoshop will find the closest Pantone color match of your RGB color.
  5. Click “ok” and the color is now your active color ready for use.

What is the difference between Pantone TPX and TCX?

Pantone TPX is the Textile Paper Extended range while Pantone TCX is the Textile Cotton edition Extended range. They are both part of the Pantone Fashion + Home product line. TPX is suited for printing on paper whereas the TCX is used in fabric printing.

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What does Pantone TPG mean?

Pantone TPG stands for Textile Paper Green. It is the greener range of Pantone colors that replaces the Pantone Fashion Home + Interiors TPX product line. The new TPG range was created to be more eco-friendly by utilizing sustainable manufacturing methods in color production and printing.

The Pantone Matching System is used by Graphic designers, illustrators, manufacturers, printers, product designers, fashion and interior designers, etc all over the world. It is a color language that simplifies the identification and use of colors in design projects. Pantone color libraries are available in the Adobe suite of programs as well as many other digital design programs. To find out more about Pantone, visit their official website. If you want to add newer updated Pantone colors to your Adobe programs, get the Pantone Connect extension.

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