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Pantone Color Identification

Pantone uses a number of unique coding schemes, with prefixes and suffixes, to identify which palette a color is from. They are as follows:

The Pantone solid palette is the basis for the Pantone Matching System. Pantone Solid colors are identified by three or four digit numbers, and suffixes. They are used by Graphics and Print professionals, and are the most common Pantone palette. For example, Pantone 199 Red can be identified as: Color Pantone 199C Pantone 199U Pantone 199M Pantone 199CV Pantone 199CVU Pantone 199CVC Suffix C= Coated Paper U= Uncoated Paper M=Matte Paper CV= Computer Video CVU= Computer Video Uncoated Paper CVC=C omputer Video Coated Paper

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Pantone process colors are identified by a DS precusor, one to three digits,a dash, a single digit, and then a suffix. Pantone process colors are created using CMYK blends, and are used by designers, printers and publishers.For example, Pantone DS-97-1C

Color Pantone DS-97-1C

Prefix DS= Digital Screen

Suffix C= Coated Paper

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The Pantone for Fashion and Home colors are identified by two digits, followed by a dash, four digits, and then a suffix. They also have a name, as a secondary identifier. Fashion and Home was formerly known as the Textile palette, and is used by fashion, textile, and apparel designers and manufacturers worldwide. For example Pantone 19-2430 could be identified as follows: Color Pantone 19-2430 TP Pantone 19-2430 TPX Pantone 19-2430 TC Color Name Purple Potion Purple Potion Purple Potion Suffix TP= Textile Paper (Old suffix, replaced by TPX) TPX= Textile Paper eXtended TC= Textile Cotton