How do I Convert RAL to PMS?

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How do I Convert RAL to PMS?
Match RAL colours to PMS colours (Colour image by Galyna Andrushko from

Although it is impossible to completely match RAL colours to PMS colours, it is possible to get very close. The RAL Classic Color system is used in Europe, while PMS, or Pantone Matching system, is used mostly in the United States. Each colour in both the RAL Classic Color system and the Pantone Matching system are identified by a unique number. It is by matching the RAL number to a corresponding PMS number that RAL colours can be converted to PMS colours.

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  1. 1

    Determine the RAL colour numbers for each colour used. Most programs will tell present this information to you in the colour selection window.

  2. 2

    Locate the RAL number on a RAL to Pantone conversion table. A RAL to Pantone conversion table or chart. An array of such conversion tables or charts may be found by searching online sources or at art supply or hardware stores.

  3. 3

    Choose the corresponding Pantone number.

  4. 4

    Exchange the RAL numbers for the corresponding Pantone numbers in the program you are using.

Tips and warnings

  • An exact match from RAL to Pantone colours is not possible.

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