Coreldraw & PMS colors

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Coreldraw & PMS colors
The solid colour Pantone Matching System swatch book is universally used by commercial printers. (colour image by Yermashkevich Pavel from

Matching the colour on the screen with the colour at the print shop is a real challenge to most graphics software programs. Since its earliest versions, CorelDraw has linked its colours to the Pantone Matching System (PMS). PMS, or spot colours as they are referred to in some programs, are based on names assigned to specific inks, ensuring consistency from brand to brand. Some PMS colours have common names, such as red, blue or yellow; all other inks are identified by numbers.

CorelDraw Spot Color Options

Artwork use determines which colour palette is used in CorelDraw. Pantone choices are available in two basic formats: red, green or blue (RGB) for on screen artwork; or ink colours created from various combinations of cyan, yellow, magenta or black (CYMK) for printed artwork. Pantone colour palettes are stored in the CorelDraw Graphics Suite folder, under the Color, Palettes and Spot subfolders.

Solid PMS Colors

Solid, the oldest and most common Pantone Matching System, displays more than 1,100 colours on matt, coated and uncoated palettes. This 1962-created swatch book is used by most commercial printers for colour selection. CorelDraw offers the original spot colour palette in addition to the newer Goe palette described in the next section.

Goe Colors

Created in 2007, Pantone Goe colours are shown on coated and uncoated palettes. The new colour matching system has more than 2,000 different colours for commercial printer use. The CorelDraw palettes include the names and ink formula colour numbers.

Pastel and Metallic Colors

Special-purpose colours for printed output including Pantone Pastel and Metallic Colors. Pastel palettes emulate coated and uncoated papers with several hundred softened colours. The Metallic PMS palette is available in only the coated emulation for its couple of hundred colours. Silver, gold, copper and brass are the most often used metallic colours.

Fashion and Home Cotton Selector

CorelDraw is heavily used for embroidery, fabric appliqués, cut vinyl lettering and laser engraving. PMS colours used for these purposes come from the Pantone Fashion and Home colours. CorelDraw palettes depict these colours in both a colour guide and a fabric/thread colour selector.

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