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  • Time to Trade Your Tools of the Trade?

    New Colors and Old Guides Mean You Could Be Missing Out!

    If you haven’t upgraded your Pantone Guides and books for several years, your colors are no longer meeting full market demand nor are they reliably accurate.

    Here’s why:

    Pantone guides are arranged chromatically vs. numerically in order to inspire designers and make color ranges easy to locate
    Pantone guides are arranged chromatically vs. numerically in order to inspire designers and make color ranges easy to locate.

    AGING EFFECTS: IS MY COLOR THE RIGHT COLOR?

    Pantone guides and books are produced using the highest manufacturing standards. In each edition, we ensure:

    • Highly-regulated ink formula consistency
    • Printed on the most popular commercial-grade 100 lb and 80 lb text weight stocks
    • Carefully monitored for imperfections during the production process

    However, our guides will not last forever. Due to handling, fading, and aging, your colors will appear inaccurate over time. That’s why we recommend replacing your guides every 12-18 months, depending on your usage case and storage habits.

    • Handling = Smearing and removing pigment from natural oils on fingertips
    • Pages rubbing together = Scratching or removing pigment
    • Light exposure = Fading
    • Paper aging = Yellowing effects
    • Ambient moisture = Accelerating paper aging
    Pantone recommends replacing guides and books every 12-18 months, as normal usage and exposure will render your colors inaccurate.
    Pantone recommends replacing guides and books every 12-18 months, as normal usage and exposure will render your colors inaccurate.

    PRODUCTION GUIDES: IS MY VENDOR LOOKING AT THE SAME COLOR?

    One of the biggest design frustrations is the circle of rework that goes into getting the right color. We’ve all been there. Why is it so challenging? There are many reasons, but an easy one is that your production partners are using old guides.

    If your guide is new but your printer’s guide is even just a few years older, then your colors will no longer accurately match, which can cause:

    • Miscommunication (ex: “Why can’t they match my color?”)
    • Frustration (ex: “The Brand rejected the sample again.”)
    • Unnecessary reworks (ex: “We can’t accept this sample, please resend…again”)
    • Cost in shipping approval samples (ex: “Please ship Priority Overnight, the final sample was due three weeks ago.”)
    • Loss of time (ex: “We’re going to miss the launch date if the sample can’t be approved.”)
    • Dissatisfaction (ex: “Ask the Brand if they can accept a Running Change.”)

    And ultimately, Reluctant Acceptance (ex: “This is the best match possible”)

    So, if you use Pantone Products to specify or approve colors with your design or production partners, then you might want to encourage them to keep their guides up to date as well (e.g. buy them at the same time).

    ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE… NEW COLORS!

    In 2010, Pantone launched the PANTONE PLUS Series publications – a more modern version of the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM®. Since then, we have added new colors about every two years.

    More colors are the single most noted request of Pantone from our design community. We’ve heard you, and why shouldn’t designers want more?

    More colors mean:

    • More expression
    • More choices
    • More diversity
    • More precise representation
    • More unique palettes
    • More joy!

    Market driven, on-trend, sellable

    Now with a total of 1,867 solid PANTONE Colors, imagine the creative and communication possibilities!
    Now with a total of 1,867 solid PANTONE Colors, imagine the creative and communication possibilities!

    NEW COLORS, NEW POSSIBILITIES!

    Illustrating the present and reading the future, Pantone proudly introduced another 112 new colors in March 2016 to give designers a greater range of expression and freedom. Having the right colors to choose from is essential when making design decisions.

    • Color commands our attention.
    • Color is the single most important design element in reflecting mood and style.
    • In today’s visual world, creating the right color palette is more crucial to success than ever before.
    • Consumer reaction to color, especially in packaging and consumables, is based on proven psychology.
    • Sending a strategic message with a precise color strategy is critical.

    Here’s what can be found inside our updated series of global color communication tools:

    • A total of 1,867 Solid PANTONE Colors.
    • Colors relevant and expected for contemporary packaging, created in collaboration with major brands.
    • Emphasis on specific color ranges derived from market requests, our community has asked us for colors and we’re responding to meet those popular requests.
    • 112 new ways to be even more creative, inspired and expressive through color.

    Are You Short On Color?

    Since we launched the PANTONE PLUS SERIES back in 2010, there have been three color collection additions.
    Since we launched the PANTONE PLUS SERIES back in 2010, there have been three color collection additions.

    Since we launched the PANTONE PLUS SERIES back in 2010, there have been three color collection additions. Check out the chart below – you would be missing over 750 colors!

     

    New Color Launch Dates # of Colors Added Total Colors Colors missing from your last guide update
    2010 224 1,341 If you haven’t updated in the last 6+ years – you’re missing 756 colors
    2012 336 1,677 If you haven’t updated in the last 5 years – you’re missing 532 colors
    2014 84 1,755 If you haven’t updated in the last 3 years – you’re missing 196 colors
    2016 112 1,867 If you haven’t updated in the last 2 years – you’re missing 112 colors

    IN SUMMARY…

    Remember:

    Color guides age, which means you aren’t really seeing the color your designing & referencing Pantone recommends replacing your guide every 12-18 months.

    Talk to your production partners:

    Even with updated guides on your end, who knows how long your production partners have been referencing the same guide.

    Ask your partners to replace their guides every year or send them the color with our solid chip book.

    New colors, new possibilities!

    Pantone has launched 756 new, market-driven colors since 2010. Check them out!

  • Pantone Portable Studio Guide – GPG304

    AUD $1,100 (includes postage + GST)

    This latest version set contains everything you need to select, spec and match solid and process colours – and to gain a creative edge with market-proven specialty colours.

    The PANTONE PORTABLE GUIDE STUDIO contains the complete set of all PANTONE PLUS SERIES Guides, our full collection of solids – including 644 new colours added since 2010 – as well as process colours, dramatic neons, lustrous metallics and soft pastels. In all there are more than 9,000 market-proven colours to set your inspiration free in a stylish, easy to transport carrying case.

    This nine-guide set includes PLUS SERIES Solid Colour FORMULA GUIDES for accurate solid colour specifying and matching; COLOR BRIDGE guides to determine how a PANTONE colour will appear when reproduced in CMYK or to create optimal display of PANTONE colours on monitors and web pages; CMYK Guides, for working in process; PANTONE METALLICS Guide and the all new PLUS SERIES PREMIUM METALLICS Guide; and the updated PASTELS & NEONS guide, with a range of soothing pastels and eye-popping neons colours.

    Pantone is the only internationally recognized colour communication system. You can specify PANTONE colours with confidence even if your manufacturing is half a world away.

    The set includes:

    • FORMULA GUIDE Solid Coated
    • FORMULA GUIDE Solid Uncoated
    • COLOR BRIDGE® Coated
    • COLOR BRIDGE® Uncoated
    • CMYK Coated
    • CMYK Uncoated
    • Metallics Coated
    • PREMIUM METALLICS Coated
    • PASTELS & NEONS Coated & Uncoated

    Delivered with signed receipt by courier for your greater security.

  • In the face of continued market dominance by sites such as Amazon, we have decided to discontinue offering graphic arts and printing industry books to our readers.

    What stock we had over of Trish Witkowski’s Fold manuals are available without charge to colleges and TAFEs on application to the Publisher. For those of you wanting to know more about Trish’s excellent industry resource click The Fold Factory.

  • PANTONE Colour of the Year Competition WIN a Color Cue 2.01

    PANTONE Colour of the Year

    WIN a Color Cue 2.01 from DES

    Now you can confidently capture colour in seconds with the electronic, portable PANTONE Colour Library.

    Place the Color Cue 2.01 on the colour you want to match  – on paper or a wall, or over fabrics,  and a quick reading gives you the closest corresponding PANTONE colour. It matches from the full PANTONE Matching Sydney, the Goe Sydtem, PANTONE Fashion + Home colour system and the PANTONE Poaints + Interiors system.  Another touch of a button trasnlates the PANTOne Colour into RGB, HTML and L*a*b* values.

    It’s the invaluable tool no designer or colour specifier should be without.

    ENTER to WIN!

    Every year PANTONE nominates a Colour of the Year. For 2014 it’s … one of these four seasonal colours.
    Is it…?

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    Enter here PANTONE Colour of the YEAR 2014 and you can win the Color Cue 2.01.

     


  • PANTONE Color Bridge Coated & Uncoated Set. GP6102N

    AUD $440 (includes postage + GST)

    An essential guide for designers, pre-press and printers – now with 84 new colours!

    Bridge solid PANTONE colours for process printing or web design.

    The PANTONE PLUS SERIES COLOR BRIDGE Set provides process colour simulations of all solid PANTONE colours – including all 644 exciting new hues – in a convenient side-by-side comparison format.

    This year alone we’ve added 84 new Blushes and Pinks, and clean and vibrant new Blues, Greens and Violets. Now graphic designers, pre-press professionals and printers have more colors than ever to unleash their passion and let their creativity soar!

    • Contains all 1,737 PANTONE solid colours, on coated and uncoated stock
    • Portable fan guide format
    • Process matches with CMYK screen tint percentages displayed next to each solid colour
    • sRGB and HTML values for solid colours
    • Colours bleed for ease and accuracy of checking colours
    • Text-weight paper stock
    • PANTONE COLOR MANAGER Software for updating PANTONE colours in popular design applications
    • Colour locator index
    • Each colour identified with a distinct PANTONE number or name
    • Icons mark colours that can be satisfactorily reproduced in CMYK and/or RGB
    • Includes ColorChecker® Lighting Indicator to aid in lighting evaluation
    • Includes ColorChecker Primer for colour correcting images
  • PANTONE Formula Guide Solid Coated and Uncoated. Code GP1601N

    AUD $240 (includes postage + GST)

    The “must have” guides for designers, printers and colour decision makers – now with 84 brand-new colours!

    PLUS SERIES FORMULA GUIDES for selecting, specifying and matching solid PANTONE colours feature 644 new colours included since 2010 – with 84 added this year.

    The new colours fill out our expansive palette with beautiful new Blushes and Pinks, and clean and vibrant new Blues, Greens and Violets. Graphic designers, pre-press professionals and printers now have a total of 1,755 colour choices to unleash their passion and let their creativity soar!

    • 1,755 solid PANTONE colours
    • Portable fan guide format
    • Text-weight paper
    • PANTONE COLOR MANAGER Software for updating PANTONE colours in popular design applications
    • Ink mixing formulas in parts
    • Colour locator index
    • Each colour identified with a distinct PANTONE Number or name
    • Colours bleed for ease and accuracy in checking colors
    • Includes ColorChecker® Lighting Indicator to aid in lighting evaluation
    • Limited-edition gift box

     Benefits of the new formula.

    • Broad selection of market-driven colours, for practically unlimited creativity
    • Substrate paper stock matches popular print specifications
    • Compatible with today’s digital workflows – colours easily updated in leading design applications
    • All new colours are printed using a uniform ink film thickness making them easily matched on press
    • Eliminates guesswork in color selection and verification
    • Easy to communicate colours by distinct number or name
    • Shows the effect of coated and uncoated stocks on each colour
    • Included lighting indicator tool determines if lighting conditions are suitable for accurate colour selection and matching
    • PANTONE colours are internationally recognized for colour communication and are globally available
  • PASTELS & NEONS Coated & Uncoated – GG1504

    AUD $152 (includes postage + GST)

    Meet the demand for specialty colours!

    Keep up with the growing demand for specialty colours with our new PANTONE PLUS SERIES PASTELS & NEONS. Select from 154 soothing pastels whenever softness or subtlety is called for, or specify from a newly expanded range of 56 hot neons to add pop and vibrancy to your designs. Colours are arranged chromatically. Ink mixing formulas are provided. Compatible with today’s digital workflows. Text weight paper is used, to match popular print specifications. Includes lighting evaluation tool and design software. Coated and uncoated stocks together in one convenient guide.

    PANTONE is the only internationally recognized colour communication system. You can specify PANTONE colours with confidence even if your manufacturing is half a world away.

    • Broad palette of 154 pastels and 56 neons
    • Chromatic arrangement
    • Each colour identified with a distinct PANTONE Number
    • Easy-to-use, portable fan deck format
    • Ink mixing formulas
    • PANTONE COLOR MANAGER Software for updating PANTONE colours in popular design applications
    • Includes ColorChecker® Lighting Indicator to aid in lighting evaluation

    This product includes a free download of PANTONE COLOR MANAGER Software upon product registration.

  • PANTONE Color Bridge Coated. Code GG6103N

    AUD $270 (including postage + GST)

    Bridge solid PANTONE colors for process printing or web design.

    The PANTONE PLUS SERIES COLOR BRIDGE Set provides process colour simulations of all solid PANTONE colors – including all 644 exciting new hues – in a convenient side-by-side comparison format, on coated stock.

    This year alone we’ve added 84 new Blushes and Pinks, and clean and vibrant new Blues, Greens and Violets. Now graphic designers, pre-press professionals and printers have more colours than ever to unleash their passion and let their creativity soar!

    An invaluable multi-use colour reference tool, COLOR BRIDGE can be used to select and specify solid PANTONE colours, to determine how a PANTONE colour will appear when reproduced in CMYK, or to create optimal display of PANTONE colours on monitors and web pages. HTML and sRGB values are provided, for applying colour selections across media.

    All new colours have been specially formulated to print using a uniform ink film thickness, making them easily matched on press. Ink formulations are provided to aid printers in mixing colours. Includes colour index, lighting evaluation tool, digital image colour-correction tool and software to update your design applications with the latest colours.

    • Contains all 1,737 PANTONE solid colours, on coated stock
    • Portable fan guide format
    • Process matches with CMYK screen tint percentages displayed next to each solid colour
    • sRGB and HTML values for solid colours
    • Colours bleed for ease and accuracy of checking colours
    • Text-weight paper stock
    • PANTONE COLOR MANAGER Software for updating PANTONE colours in popular design applications
    • Colour locator index
    • Each colour identified with a distinct PANTONE number or name
    • Icons mark colours that can be satisfactorily reproduced in CMYK and/or RGB
    • Includes ColorChecker® Lighting Indicator to aid in lighting evaluation
    • Includes ColorChecker Primer for colour correcting images

       

  • PANTONE Color Bridge Uncoated. Code GG6104

    AUD $270 (inluding postage + GST)

    Bridge solid PANTONE colours for process printing or web design.

    The PANTONE PLUS SERIES COLOR BRIDGE Set provides process colour simulations of all solid PANTONE colours – including all 644 exciting new hues – in a convenient side-by-side comparison format, on uncoated stock. This year alone we’ve added 84 new Blushes and Pinks, and clean and vibrant new Blues, Greens and Violets. Now graphic designers, pre-press professionals and printers have more colours than ever to unleash their passion and let their creativity soar!


    • Contains 1,737 PANTONE solid colours, on uncoated stock
    • Portable fan guide format
    • Process matches with CMYK screen tint percentages displayed next to each solid colour
    • sRGB and HTML values for solid colours
    • Colours bleed for ease and accuracy of checking colours
    • Text-weight paper stock
    • PANTONE COLOR MANAGER Software for updating PANTONE colours in popular design applications
    • Colour locator index
    • Each color identified with a distinct PANTONE Number or name
    • Icons mark colors that can be satisfactorily reproduced in CMYK and/or RGB
    • Includes ColorChecker® Lighting Indicator to aid in lighting evaluation
    • Includes ColorChecker Primer for color correcting images
  • PANTONE CMYK Guides Coated and Uncoated. Code GP5101

    AUD $230 (includes postage + GST)

    Pantone accuracy and convenience for four-colour printing!

    The new PLUS SERIES CMYK guides contain 2,868 CMYK colours, chromatically arranged for smoother transitions between colours and more intuitive selection.

    These guides are an ideal way to visualize, communicate and control colours for type, logos, borders, backgrounds and other graphics treatments.

    Compatible with today’s digital workflows. Screen tint percentages are provided to enable accurate colour reproduction.

    Printed using bio-friendly, ISO-certified inks. Text weight paper is used, to match popular print specifications. Includes colour index, lighting evaluation tool and design software.

    Set of two guides, coated and uncoated.

     

    • 2,868 process colours
    • Chromatically arranged
    • Screen tint percentages are provided
    • Two-guide set on coated and uncoated stock
    • Text weight paper substrates
    • PANTONE COLOR MANAGER Software for updating PANTONE colours in popular design applications
    • Colour locator index
    • Includes ColorChecker® Lighting Indicator to aid in lighting evaluation

     

  • PANTONE Essentials. Code GPG301

    AUD $790 (includes postage + GST)

    The PANTONE ESSENTIALS contains all solid, solid-to-process and process only colours – including 644 new colours added since 2010, with 84 added just this year – in a stylish, easy to transport carrying case.

    Bundle includes:

    • Forumla Guide Solid Coated
    • Formula Guide Solid Uncoated
    • Color Bridge Coated
    • Color Bridge Uncoated
    • CMYK coated
    • CMYK uncoated

     

  • PANTONE Metallics Guide Coated. Code GP1507

    AUD $235 (includes postage + GST)

    Set of two guides give your more than 600 dazzling metallic colour choices – and saves over individual purchase!

    PREMIUM METALLICS is our all new book of 300 sizzling metallic colours developed in response to the rapidly rising popularity of these special-effect inks. PREMIUM METALLICS have greater brilliance, can be easily coated without any loss in luster and have a longer life after printing without fear of tarnishing or blemishing.

    Our Metallics Guide features an expansive palette of 301 exquisite metallic colours that add luminescence and elegance to projects that call for a refined look. An additional page demonstrates the effects of a gloss aqueous coating when applied to the seven metallic base colors.

    Pantone is the only internationally recognized color communication system. You can specify PANTONE Colors with confidence even if your manufacturing is half a world away.

    Fan guides are chromatically arranged, for more intuitive colour selection. Ink formulations are provided. Coated stock only. Set of two guides.

    Includes:

    • 300 new premium metallic colours formulated with non-leafing, coatable inks
    • Broad palette of 301 colourful metallics; seven base metallic colors shown with and without a gloss overprint varnish
    • Chromatically arranged fan format
    • Text-weight paper stock
    • PANTONE COLOR MANAGER Software for updating PANTONE colours in popular design applications
    • Ink mixing formulas in parts
    • Each colour identified with a distinct PANTONE number or name
    • Colours bleed for ease and accuracy in checking colours
    • Includes ColorChecker® Lighting Indicator to aid in lighting evaluation
  • PANTONE Premium Metallics Guide Coated. Code GG1505

    AUD $160 (includes postage + GST)

    The PLUS SERIES PREMIUM METALLICS is an all new book of 300 dazzling metallic colours developed in response to the rapidly rising popularity of these special-effect inks.

    PLUS SERIES metallic colours have greater brilliance, can be easily coated without any loss in luster and have a longer life after printing without fear of tarnishing or blemishing.

    Fan guide is chromatically arranged, for more intuitive colour selection. Ink formulations are provided. Includes design software. Available on coated stock only.

    • 300 new premium metallic colours
    • Formulated with non-leafing, coatable inks
    • Chromatically arranged fan format
    • Text-weight paper
    • PANTONE COLOR MANAGER Software for updating PANTONE colours in popular design applications
    • Ink mixing formulas in parts
    • Each colour identified with a distinct PANTONE number or name
    • Colours bleed for ease and accuracy in checking colours