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Which Pantone guide is right for you?

Tuesday, 03 April 2018
By Print 21 Online Article
Take the guesswork out of choosing the right Pantone Color Guide. From Spot Colours and beyond, discover the right professional colour guide to help with your print production or design workflow.
Formula Guide

Formula Guide is Pantone’s most globally recognized and used color guide. With 1,867 Pantone Spot Colours and ink formulations, it is the must-have professional graphic design tool recommended for color inspiration, communication, specification, production, and quality control. Fan out, select, and communicate your Pantone Colours, but don’t forget to keep your guide up-to-date! Colours fade over time and your old guide may be missing new colors.

Your colours will appear inaccurate over time due to handling, fading, and aging. That’s why Pantone 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
Color Bridge

The Pantone Color Bridge guide is a multifaceted tool, providing a side-by-side visual comparison of Pantone Spot Colours (Formula Guide colours) versus their closest CMYK process printing equivalent. The Pantone Color Bridge can save you time and money when used before production to see what your spot color might look like when printed in 4-colour process. But that’s not all: Color Bridge also provides CMYK, Hex and RGB values for each color, making it the go-to tool for digital design.


  • Color guides age, which means you aren’t really seeing the colour your designing & referencing.
  • Talk to your production partners: Even with updated guides on your end, your production partners may have been referencing the same guide for years.
  • New colours, new possibilities! Pantone has launched 756 new, market-driven colors since 2010.

Print21 offers the best prices for the latest Pantone in Australia and New Zealand, and can deliver across Australia within two business days.

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