How do I setup my artwork in PMS colours?

Pantone swatch colours (PMS) can be applied to objects via the Pantone Swatch Colour Book library found in Adobe Illustrator or Indesign.

For Adobe Illustrator, you'll need the Swatch palette, this can be found by selecting WINDOW>Swatches. There is an icon in the top right-hand corner of the Colour palette (the icon looks like a small downward black triangle with four small lines next to it), clicking on this will open a new window menu. Hover your mouse over “Open Swatch Library” to open another window menu of all the colour books available. Move your mouse to hover over “Colour Books”, which will open up another menu, from there select the “PANTONE solid uncoated”. Selecting this colour book will open a new window with all the swatches on offer. Finally, assign all your file’s artwork, objects, and text to your chosen PMS colour/s.

In Indesign, open the swatch window. click on the downward black triangle to the right and choose New Color. This opens a New Color Swatch Window. Select Spot as color type and Pantone Solid Uncoated as the Color Mode. The PMS colors will load for you to select and click OK.

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