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How to Get Pantone Colors in InDesign

Pantone LLC, a subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is recognised as the worldwide authority on colour-matching technology. Designers specify Pantone colours by number. As a project moves through the production chain, the use of Pantone colours eliminates variations in colour. By default, the Adobe InDesign colour palette displays combinations of CMYK colours, four ink colours used in the commercial printing process. However, InDesign provides options to include Pantone colours in the colour palette to give designers greater control over colour matching.

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  1. Launch InDesign and open a new document by selecting "New" and "Document" from the "File" menu.

  2. Select "Swatches" from the "Color" submenu in the "Windows" menu to open the "Swatches" panel.

  3. Select "New Color Swatch" from the swatches drop-down menu.

  4. Click in the "Color Mode" drop-down menu, and select a Pantone colour library that you want to use. There are several to choose from: "Pantone Solid Coated" is a widely used choice.

  5. Select the colour that you want to add; you can select multiple colours by holding down the control key as you select the colours.

  6. Click "Add" to add the selected colours to the swatches palette. Click "Done" when you have added the desired Pantone colours.

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Things You'll Need

  • InDesign CS or higher

About the Author

Josh McGee graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor's degree in English, professional and technical communication, and a minor in marketing. He has worked as a technical writer and illustrator for two large manufacturing companies, ICON Health and Fitness and Cover-Pools Incorporated. He is currently employed full-time for the latter.

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