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PNSTLInc
09-25-2009, 08:06 AM
I have colors printed on a card that I'm trying to match for the first time. I keep thinking with all these tools I should be able to be close. But I cannot figure out what combination of profiles adjustments, etc. I need to be making.

I received a file with the colors Pantone 145 CVU and 246 CVU in them. How does the Spot Color match that up to the Pantone colors in the Spot Color list? If I use my ES-1000 to measure a printed sample how do I get from the pdf into CWS and get the color to match the spot color list. :confused:

Thanks

k_graham
10-02-2009, 10:03 PM
CVU read http://desktoppub.about.com/cs/color/a/pms_suffix.htm

As a start on the EFI disks is a pantone chart of spot colors. After doing Gradation Adjust on Copier and Fiery Calibration why not print out the chart on Coated, Uncoated and Mat papers/Card this will let you compare to how colors look versus any actual Pantone swatches you have and provide a quick physical reference to what you might be trying to create.

SharonH
10-09-2009, 08:20 AM
Lou,
THe easiest way to match a particular color is to use Spot-On.
Here you can create a custom spot color and you can tweak it untill the printed output is the color you desire.

Then for getting the color into your document you have two options, firstly you can create a pantone or custom spot color in In Design for example with the same name that you create in Spot-On. When the job is sent to the Fiery controller teh Spot-Color will be seen and your edits will be applied.

Secondly you could to a substitute color. That is your color in your original document can be mapped to the color you have created in Spot-On.

The best way for you to learn how to do this is to download and read our Fiery How-To guides which includes a tutorial on using SPot-On as well as a tutorial for the Substitute Color function.

These and other tutorials can be found on the EFI.com website:
http://www.efi.com/how-to/sys8/?v=47&o=59

Sharon

k_graham
10-13-2009, 08:01 AM
Lou,
THe easiest way to match a particular color is to use Spot-On.
Here you can create a custom spot color and you can tweak it untill the printed output is the color you desire.
http://www.efi.com/how-to/sys8/?v=47&o=59

Sharon

I guess it all depends on what you want to do - print as something only you can do or retain the format that can be printed world wide using Pantone numbers.

Even better in design would be using Pantone numbers that are able to be printed in CMYK as that is the majority of publication presses.

For this one would need to know if its one of the little over 1000 pantone numbers with a close CMYK aproximation - Adobe Bridge apparently is a printed guide showing both - I'm not sure of a spread sheet availability of these numbers. Perhaps someone on this list would know.

I found this link on Pantone.com

http://www.pantone.com/pages/calibratedprinters/calibratedprinters.aspx

allowing one to print out Pantone colors from their printer in case its for some reason not on your efi disk. You may have to join to access - its free to join.
I see the tile has since changed on this thread as if spot on was being asked