The Difference Between Pantone Coated/Uncoated Color Card

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Dec 18, 2020880

The Difference Between Pantone Coated/Uncoated Color Card

We mentioned in the previous article: Pantone is a well-known ink brand in the United States, and it has formulated the world's leading color standard: Pantone color matching system. Pantone color matching system has become the color standard in many fields such as printing, packaging, painting, computer, clothing, home furnishing, decoration, industry and so on.

Different colors will be different due to differences in lighting, materials, and machines, and Pantone Chromatography has become the color standard for all parties to contact because of the global use. For example, designers, customers, and manufacturers only need to specify a color value to minimize the cost of color communication.

1. Pantone Color Spectrum:

As a designer, if you need to use Pantone color when designing and printing, the most important thing is to have a Pantone color spectrum.

The design software will have a Pantone color library, but we know that different non-professional monitors display different colors, so to know the true color of the color value you determine after printing, you need to check the corresponding Pantone color spectrum.


2. The Difference Between C/U Color Card


For printing design, there are two commonly used color spectrum, C and U (Coated and Uncoated).


When we look at the Pantone color value, we will see that there will be a C or U at the end, as shown in the picture above, the color will be Pantone 2448 U, Pantone 3556 U and so on.


C stands for coated paper with a glossy and smooth surface, and the color spectrum is printed on glossy 148 grams of coated paper; U stands for uncoated paper with a matte and smooth surface, and the color spectrum is printed on 118 grams of thick offset paper.


3. Pantone Color Wheel in Design Software:


Commonly used design software such as PS, AI, and CDR usually have a built-in Pantone color library. When we design, we only need to select the color in the color spectrum and select the corresponding Pantone color number in the design software.



4. Conclusion:


1. Papers of different materials, such as commonly used coated coated paper and non-coated offset paper, have different colors for the same ink printed products. Please check different C/U color cards;


2. Pantone spot color ink is more expensive than conventional ink. When designing and using Pantone spot color, it is necessary to consider the increase of printed products.