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2011 press releases

Pantone Gives Designers 175 New Ways to Celebrate Color

Expanded PANTONE FASHION + HOME Color System Now Offers a Total of 2,100 Engaging, Directional Hues

CARLSTADT, N.J., June 6, 2011 – Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company (NASDAQ: XRIT) and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced the addition of 175 new colors to its PANTONE® FASHION + HOME Color System, bringing its total to 2,100 shades. A behind-the-scenes view into the selection of these new colors for the PANTONE FASHION + HOME Color System can be seen at www.pantone.com/newcolors

cotton swatch set - new colors“The new PANTONE FASHION + HOME Colors are perfect! There is a range of colors to suit every collection – both nuanced and tonal colors as well as vibrant and fresh,” said Peter Som, American women’s wear designer. “At the end of the day, all of the colors are sophisticated and fit with whatever I’m inspired by.”

“One would think it would be impossible for Pantone to best itself, but indeed it has,” said Jonathan Adler, maker and designer. “I didn't imagine that there were 175 more colors in the world but Pantone managed to find them, number them and add them to its already legendary assortment – an unbelievable feat and a boon to designers the world over.”

As a comprehensive resource to the industry, hundreds of thousands of designers, manufacturers and retailers worldwide rely on the PANTONE FASHION + HOME Color System for color selection, accurate color communication and creative inspiration. Reflecting today’s global color influences across fashion, home furnishings and interior design, the 175 new colors enrich the current palette and focus on areas of significant market importance and color trend movement.

“Designers continually discover new color inspiration and look to Pantone to help them reliably reproduce these colors in their designs,” said Laurie Pressman, vice president of fashion, home and interiors at Pantone. “When evaluating how to expand the PANTONE FASHION + HOME Color System with more color options, it was essential to create a broad range of colors that were both trend-right and technically achievable for all of the markets we serve – from fashion and home furnishings to interior and industrial design.”

The 175 new colors represent permanent additions to the PANTONE FASHION + HOME Color System. For a more comprehensive selection, all color families were expanded to include:

  • A broader range of nuanced neutrals and mid-tones
  • An increased number of vibrant brights
  • Many complex hues with greater depth and intensity
  • More subdued and smoky variations of popular colors

Arranged by color family, the 175 new colors can be purchased separately or combined with current PANTONE FASHION + HOME and PANTONE PAINTS + INTERIORS publications. The new colors are also available individually in PANTONE SMART Color Swatch Card format.

Every PANTONE FASHION + HOME new colors purchase includes PANTONE COLOR MANAGER Software, a versatile application that provides the digital data for all new colors to update popular design applications including Adobe® Creative Suite®, QuarkXPress®, Corel® Painter™, X-Rite i1 Profiler, the Mac OS Color Picker and myPantone.com. COLOR MANAGER allows users to:

  • View and export all PANTONE Color Libraries including the complete PANTONE FASHION + HOME Color Library (FASHION + HOME cotton, paper and recently announced nylon brights), as well as all PANTONE PLUS and Goe™ Libraries – totaling over 13,500 PANTONE Colors
  • Obtain CMYK, HTML and sRGB values for all colors
  • Extract colors from images and photographs
  • Build and export color palettes for use in popular design applications
  • Preview colors under various lighting simulations to visualize the effect different lighting conditions have on color appearance
  • Create color-managed palettes using industry-standard ICC display and output profiles
  • Identify colors that cannot be accurately reproduced in print or on screen with out-of-gamut warning alert.
  • Sync with PANTONE CAPSURE™ and export measured colors to use in palette development

The PANTONE FASHION + HOME new colors library will also be accessible within PANTONE CAPSURE, the compact, handheld device that lets design professionals, contractors, paint retailers and do-it-yourselfers confidently measure and match color inspiration instantly from any surface. Current CAPSURE users will be prompted to download the 175 new colors through CAPSURE Sync later this summer.

PANTONE FASHION + HOME SMART Color System
Pantone is the only globally available, off-the-shelf color system that designers and their vendors can trust for unsurpassed color accuracy. The PANTONE FASHION + HOME SMART Color System helps meet speed-to-market needs, lower color management costs and provide higher color quality at point of sale – requirements necessary in today’s global market. Using the PANTONE FASHION + HOME SMART Color System, designers can reduce color-development cycles by 50 percent or more.

The PANTONE FASHION + HOME SMART Color System provides:

  • Consistent, reproducible color to make the System sensible for top name brands and retailers.
  • Optimized color constancy that makes the System easily manageable.
  • New products that use globally available dyes on all swatches to ensure accessibility for customers worldwide.
  • Colors in the System that are relevant to today’s fashion and home marketplace and match the industry demands for tough, durable colors that are formulated for maximized colorfastness.
  • Starting dye formulations and local technical color matching support through our relationship with Clariant at www.matchpantonecolors.com
  • Spectral data for all 2,100 colors in the PANTONE FASHION + HOME Color palette

Pricing, Availability and System Information
PANTONE FASHION + HOME Color System new color products will ship in June and are available immediately for pre-order from the Pantone website at www.pantone.com/newcolors and PANTONE resellers worldwide. New colors can be purchased separately or combined with current PANTONE FASHION + HOME product offerings and are available in the following formats:

Product New Colors
(U.S. Pricing)
Complete System of 2,100 Colors
(U.S. Pricing)
PANTONE FASHION + HOME color guide $50 $195
PANTONE FASHION + HOME color specifier $95 $445
PANTONE FASHION + HOME color specifier and guide set $145 $575
PANTONE FASHION + HOME cotton passport $95 $495
PANTONE FASHION + HOME cotton planner $115 $895
PANTONE FASHION + HOME cotton swatch set $350 $3,700
PANTONE FASHION + HOME cotton swatch files $425 $4,500
PANTONE FASHION + HOME color specifier replacement pages   $7.50/page n/a
PANTONE SMART color swatch standard $9.95 each n/a
PANTONE PAINTS + INTERIORS color guide $50 $195
PANTONE PAINTS + INTERIORS color specifier $95 $445
PANTONE PAINTS + INTERIORS color specifier and guide set $145 $575
PANTONE PAINTS + INTERIORS color specifier replacement pages $7.50/page n/a
PANTONE COLOR MANAGER Software Free software download with purchase and registration,
$49 value
Free software download with purchase and registration,
$49 value
myPANTONE and X-Ref iPhone applications Free update with new colors Library for previous owners, $9.99 and $1.99 respectively for new purchases Free update with new colors Library for previous owners, $9.99 and $1.99 respectively for new purchases

Every PANTONE FASHION + HOME new colors purchase includes COLOR MANAGER Software, free-of-charge, upon registration. COLOR MANAGER is compatible with MacOS X 10.5 or higher, and Microsoft® Windows® XP, Vista and Windows 7.

CAPSURE is available for U.S. $649 at www.pantone.com. CAPSURE Sync is available for both PC and Mac users and is included, free-of-charge, with each CAPSURE device. The PANTONE FASHION + HOME new colors library will be available this summer.

myPANTONE and X-Ref are available for download at the Apple iPhone App Store for U.S. $9.99 and $1.99 respectively. myPANTONE and X-Ref are compatible with Apple iOS 3.1.2 or higher, and can be used on the iPhone, iPod Touch® and iPad. The PANTONE FASHION + HOME new colors library will be available this summer.

About Pantone
Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, has been the world’s color authority for almost 50 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at www.pantone.com.

About X-Rite
X-Rite, Incorporated, is the global leader in color science and technology. The company, which now includes color industry leader Pantone, develops, manufacturers, markets and supports innovative color solutions through measurement systems, software, color standards and services. X-Rite’s expertise in inspiring, selecting, measuring, formulating, communicating and matching color helps users get color right the first time and every time, which translates to better quality and reduced costs. X-Rite serves a range of industries, including printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles, dental and medical. For further information, please visit www.xrite.com.

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