Pantone to CMYK Conversion

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Pantone to CMYK Conversion
Pantone is the industry standard for matching colours. (Pantone 02 image by Marco from

Pantone and CMYK colours are the two major inks that commercial printers use. Pantone solid colours can be more expensive to print with than CMYK colours. However, Pantone solid colours have CMYK values for easy conversion.


Pantone colours are part of what's called the Pantone Matching System (PMS). Pantone colours are the universal industry standard for identifying colour, using a code of either three or four numbers, followed by one of three letters: C, for coated paper, U, for uncoated paper, and M, for matt paper.


CMYK are process colours created using screens of cyan (C), magneta (M), yellow (Y), and black (K). The screens are used to create four-color process images.

Convert Pantone to CMYK

If you designed a brochure using Pantone colours to be printed on coated paper, then you would use a Pantone code with a C on the end, such as PMS 1797C. The CMYK values for PMS 1797 are C:2 M:98 Y:85 K:7, according to the Pantone Color Chart (see References).

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