Sunday, February 8, 2009

Students Learn about the Pantone Matching System

There are more color systems to learn than the basic color wheel traditionally taught in art classes. Other systems include RGB, CMYK, HTML, and PMS.

PMS stands for Pantone Matching System. Pantone is a system that helps designers match colors in a variety of applications so that colors will appear the same on glossy or plain paper, on trucks, T-shirts, coffee cups, etc.

In September 1963, Lawrence Herbert, Pantone’s founder, created an innovative system for identifying matching and communicating colors to solve the problems associated with producing accurate color matches in the graphic arts community. His insight that the spectrum is seen and interpreted differently by each individual led to the innovation of the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM, a book of standardized color in fan format. Today, the Pantone name is known worldwide as the standard language for accurate color communication, from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer, across a variety of industries. For the discerning taste of the creative class, Pantone is, quite simply, the color bible.

Click on the heading above to learn more about Pantone and to find out why they chose Mimosa as the color of the year for 2009.

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