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What is Pantone Matching Systems? (PMS)

Pantone began as a commercial printing company in the 1950s. In 1956, they hired recent Lawrence Herbert as a part-time employee. Herbert used his chemistry knowledge to systematize and simplify the company’s stock of pigments and production of colored inks; by 1962, Herbert was running the ink and printing division at a profit, while the commercial-display division was $50,000 in debt; he subsequently purchased the company’s technological assets from his employers and renamed them “Pantone”.

The company’s primary products include the Pantone Guides, which consist of a large number of small thin cardboard sheets, printed on one side with a series of related color swatches and then bound into a small “fan deck”. For instance, a particular “page” might contain a number of yellows of varying tints.

The idea behind the PMS is to allow designers to “color match” specific colors when a design enters production stage, regardless of the equipment used to produce the color. This system has been widely adopted by graphic designers and reproduction and printing houses.

One of designers at Alphagraphics will gladly help you match your colors. Call 866-798-7557

Bonnie Rosselli

Posted by Bonnie Rosselli