PANTONE LAUNCHES STUDIO, A DIGITAL WORKSPACE FOR DESIGNERS TO FIND, CAPTURE AND EXPERIMENT WITH ENDLESS COLOR
iPhone app is the first offering in a new digital suite that inspires engagement and collaboration with color and appearance, enables color management and delivers cross-device integration and social sharing
CARLSTADT, N.J., August 2, 2016 – Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards, today announced the launch of PANTONE Studio, a new iOS app for iPhone, and the brand’s largest foray into digital solutions for the creative industries.
As digital tools continue to transform the creative process and the consumer’s content consumption experience is ever evolving – Pantone has created a comprehensive, connected digital workspace for designers to experience its entire product and service offering. Intuitively designed by full-service digital agency Rokkan with the designer in mind, PANTONE Studio provides greater convenience in capturing Pantone color from the world around you, building and testing that color in palettes, and sharing work directly into design software, on social media, or with friends, clients, and collaborators.
“Fifty-three years ago, Pantone was introduced as a standardized language to communicate specific colors in the print market,” said SVP and General Manager, Ron Potesky. “Today, Pantone has become iconic and indispensable as the de facto language of color in all design disciplines, as well as a source of color intelligence and inspiration. Recognizing the needs and opportunities for designers today, we created PANTONE Studio to provide them their own private color studio – a place where they can explore, capture, create and share color inspiration with friends and colleagues.”
TRANSLATING COLOR FOR THE DIGITAL AGE
PANTONE Studio members will have access to a comprehensive library of more than 10,000 standardized hues across all Pantone libraries and disciplines, from fashion to graphic colors.
To translate the familiar process of searching through colors in a physical PANTONE fan deck into an instinctive digital user experience, each PANTONE Guide is visually laid out in a chromatically organized grid that allows members to continuously scroll over color families to find the perfect hue.
New colors released by Pantone will be automatically updated in the digital studio.
Color Values and References: Color data (sRGB, Hex and CMYK values) and harmonies (complementary, monochromatic, analogous, split complementary, triadic) are displayed for each color, as is the visual cross-reference of that color across Pantone libraries, including PANTONE PLUS Series (Graphics/Ink), Fashion, Home + Interiors (Cotton Textiles and Pigment) and PANTONE Plastics.
Color Palettes: Palette creation brings the colors to life in PANTONE Studio. Users can build color palettes consisting of up to five colors, by selecting from color guides, extracting colors from photos and images, searching by color number, and by interacting with the custom palettes delivered in Pantone Color Institute™ content. Additionally, designers can:
- Name palettes and add geotag locations
- Add tags that make palettes searchable
- Add inspirational images to use palettes as a personal mood board
- Store and manage an unlimited collection of palettes; and
- Send palettes direct to Adobe Creative Cloud from within the app
Users can experiment with color palette combinations in the Studio by applying colors against different template designs including graphics, interiors, and typography. As an experimental feature, designers can also visualize PANTONE Colors on pliable 3D papers and fabrics.
INSPIRATION AND TREND INFORMATION
A fundamental element to the human experience, color is the visual cue that creates a connection to the environment and the things we love. PANTONE Studio enables users to capture inspiration in Pantone’s language and immediately start working with it.
Capturing Inspiration from the World Around You: Inspirational images – from Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or a designer’s camera roll - become a designer’s palette in PANTONE Studio. Designers can create Pantone palettes sourced from their social media accounts and phone images. Creating a palette at the point of inspiration is also simplified by the app’s camera and adjustable color picker, which allows you to pinpoint a specific set of PANTONE Colors from any image uploaded into the app.
Crowdsourcing Inspiration with PANTONE Canvas: For designers looking to other artists for inspiration, PANTONE Studio is linked with PANTONE Canvas (powered by Bēhance) and the ColourLovers community to pull in the inspiring work of others. Users can scroll through artists’ designs organized by PANTONE Color and select their palettes for use.
Trend Information from the Pantone Color Institute™: The Pantone Color Institute (PCI) provides color trend forecasting, brand color development supported by brand color stories, and product palette development. PANTONE Studio will bring PCI’s insights to designers through a convenient feed of content rich in color insight and imagery.
Regular content includes articles focused on the emotions, meanings, psychology and context behind particular colors. These articles will span of-the-moment topics, such as colors associated with trending people, topics in the design world and popular colors.
PCI also delivers curated PANTONE Colors, combinations, and harmonies with background and context to PANTONE Studio members, ready to reference as inspiration or work into designs.
SHARING COLOR SOCIALLY
For designers that love to share work on social media, send ideas to clients or discuss color concepts with collaborators, PANTONE Studio gives palette sharing an easy-to-use interface and a whole new look. Palettes can be shared on social networks, like Instagram and Facebook, as well as via email with customized messages.
PANTONE Studio also provides a variety of formats for sharing colors and palettes, including incorporating the iconic Pantone chip as a solid and transparent overlay. Each shared color has the Pantone name and number, ensuring that those who love the color will know which one to use.
MEMBERSHIP PLANS AND AVAILABILITY
PANTONE Studio is now available for iOS download via the App Store and to existing users of the myPantone app.
For those wishing to explore the language of Pantone and share color socially, a basic version of PANTONE Studio is available as a free download, with the option to unlock total access to all Pantone tools and color intelligence through a subscription available via in-app purchase.
Subscriptions are based on annual pricing at $4.99/month ($59.99 billed upfront) or as a $7.99/monthly subscription that offer users value and flexibility to access all Pantone colors, tools, and features.
As a PANTONE Studio subscriber, creatives will receive automatic feature updates, which will be rolling out over the next few months. Additionally, Pantone will introduce an enhanced iOS version for iPad, as well as Android, Windows and MAC OS Desktop versions.
Promotional pricing is available for existing myPantone app users.
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About Pantone and the Pantone Color Institute
PANTONE®, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries. Today Pantone’s universal language of color is used by 100 million design professionals worldwide to access color trends, communicate color choices and control consistency of color across every imaginable surface, texture, material and finish.
Through the Pantone Color Institute, Pantone continues to chart future color direction and study how color influences human thought processes, emotions and physical reactions. Pantone furthers its commitment to providing professionals with a greater understanding of color and to help them utilize color more effectively. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at www.pantone.com. For the latest news, trends, information and conversations, connect with Pantone on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.