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Custom color systems for the picking

Added on Tuesday 17th of February 2009 01:07 am EST


Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


Looking for just the right spot color? The first step in choosing a custom color is to select a color system. The color systems that Photoshop supports provide you with an array of custom colors. To choose a color system, read the following explanations and ask your print vendor for a recommendation. Then, obtain a printed color guide from the color system’s manufacturer to use as a basis for color selection. Finally, select the color system and color of your choice in Photoshop's Custom Colors dialog box, which is accessible via any Color box.

        ANPA-COLOR. This color-matching system is used primarily in the newspaper industry. Colors are based on CMYK components, but the collection is somewhat limited.

        DIC Color Guide. This color-matching system is primarily used in Japan. For product information, go

        PANTONE. As you can see in Figure A, there are several color systems within Pantone's graphic arts product line,  including 1,114 solid PANTONE colors for coated, uncoated, and matte stock. For product information, go to




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