Process color vs. Spot, or solid color - Pantone.com

What is the difference between spot and process colors?

PANTONE Solid Colors, also commonly referred to as 'spot' colors, are produced by mixing inks to a given shade and then laying the ink on paper in a single pass. This is commonly done in one or two-color print jobs.

PANTONE Process Colors are produced using four-color process, or CMYK, where an image is separated into cyan, magenta, yellow and/or black values, and printed as a series of dots of the colors, printed in close proximity to each other. When viewed by the human eye, the dots are blended to create the illusion of a solid field of color.

Please note that these terms also relate to color in general; i.e., you could restate your question as 'what is the difference between solid and process colors' and the result would be the same.

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


/Colorstrology /PANTONE UNIVERSE

Pantone News

Pantone Unveils Color of the Year 2017: PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery
Pantone Unveils Color of the Year 2017: PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings...
Pantone Color Institute Releases Spring 2017 Fashion Color Report
Pantone Color Institute Releases Spring 2017 Fashion Color Report Palette embraces blended hues reminiscent of diverse colors in nature ...
Color of the Day: VELVET MORNING PANTONE 18-3927

find a PANTONE Color

Pantone X-rite Pantone Home X-Rite Home

1.866.PANTONE Pantone LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated. © Pantone LLC, 2016. All rights reserved.


S2
CartID: 317286322
RemoteIP: 63.238.216.245
PageID : 21161