Finding a color in PANTONE Libraries exported to Adobe from PANTONE Color Manager - Pantone.com

I exported libraries from PANTONE Color Manager for my Adobe applications, but I cannot ‘find’ a color. Why?

The 'find' function in Adobe applications does not currently work with libraries exported from PANTONE Color Manager. This problem has been fixed in development; however, it is dependent on a new release of PANTONE Color Manager to permanently correct it.

There is a temporary workaround available for both Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign as follows:

Adobe Illustrator

  • Open PANTONE library
  • Click arrow on palette window and select 'view as list'
  • Click arrow and select 'sort by name'
  • Palette is sorted numerically. This must be repeated with each new session of Illustrator.

Adobe InDesign

  • Locate desired color in PANTONE color guide or chip book
  • Identify three-digit PANTONE color in closest proximity to desired color.
  • Search for three-digit color - the search will work properly.
  • Scroll up or down to locate target color. Exported library follow same chromatic arrangement as PANTONE guide or book.

There is currently no workaround for this in Adobe Photoshop.


Need Help? Contact Pantone customer service: support@pantone.com


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