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Pantone Inspires Designers with 84 Vivid New Shades and Limited-edition Artist Covers

CARLSTADT, N.J., Mar. 11, 2014 – Pantone, an X-Rite company and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced the addition of 84 new colors to its PANTONE® PLUS SERIES, as well as Artist Edition covers, which will be available on a selection of popular PLUS SERIES guides.

Bringing the total number of colors in the PLUS SERIES to 1,755, the 84 color additions incorporate a broader range of blushes and pinks, as well as a wider variety of vibrant blues, greens and violets. The new colors will be available in coated and uncoated formats and are printed on text-weight paper to match popular print specifications. These colors, along with the 336 colors introduced in 2012, have been integrated into the color sequencing for a chromatic arrangement.

“For over fifty years, Pantone has been committed to offering color tools that inspire and support designers in their efforts to create brilliant, memorable work,” said Karen Lantelme, director of creative marketing at Pantone. “The 84 new colors, combined with the Artist Edition cover selections, further extends our commitment to designers and celebrates color’s profound impact on design.”

The Artist Edition covers feature the work of two artists from PANTONE Canvas, Pantone’s free, online portfolio sharing network powered by Behance. The PANTONE FORMULA GUIDE and PANTONE SOLID CHIPS will feature covers showcasing works of art from designer Tímea Andorka’s project, “Optics/Chromatics.” To optimize visual impact, the Coated and Uncoated FORMULA GUIDE will each feature one of the images, divided across the seven guides. The SOLID CHIP Coated and Uncoated binders will each be wrapped in one of the works of art

PANTONE COLOR BRIDGE® Coated and Uncoated will feature Artist Edition covers inspired by designer Yo Az. Each guide will feature one image from his vibrant and illustrative project entitled, “Rainbow.”

About PANTONE Canvas PANTONE Canvas is a free online creative network powered by Behance. PANTONE Canvas lets designers showcase and promote their work through digital portfolios to millions of creative users worldwide to connect with other creatives and potential clients. PANTONE Canvas is the first and only network built on the Behance platform with the ability to filter projects by color. Inspired by the talent showcased by some of the PANTONE CANVAS members, Pantone curated Artist Edition cover art for some of the most popular PLUS SERIES products from designers on the site.
About the featured designers:

  • Tímea Andorka is a graphic and typography designer from Budapest, Hungary. More of her work, including “Optics/Chromatics” can be seen here.
  • Yo Az is a graphic and web designer and illustrator from Paris, France. More of his work, including “Rainbow” can be seen here.

About PANTONE PLUS SERIES Based on the original PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM® released in 1963, the PANTONE PLUS SERIES includes a complete collection of color tools that support creativity from design to production. These include 1,755 colors, PANTONE COLOR MANAGER software, a Lighting Indicator page and a ColorChecker® Photography Target.

The powerful PANTONE COLOR MANAGER software integrates PANTONE colors into popular design software including Adobe Creative Cloud and QuarkXPress® 9, while also giving users the ability to create custom PANTONE color profiles for accurate color reproduction and visualization. A new Lighting Indicator page, reformulated for better performance, ensures ideal lighting conditions for color evaluation. The ColorChecker Photography Target, included in COLOR BRIDGE, helps with digital image color correction.

Pricing and Availability The limited-edition PANTONE PLUS SERIES Guides, including the 84 new colors, are available immediately and can be purchased from the Pantone website at and through Pantone resellers worldwide.

Value bundles, including PANTONE ESSENTIALS and PORTABLE GUIDE STUDIO and the REFERENCE LIBRARY now include Artist Edition covers, as well as updated covers on several other guides including, PREMIUM METALLICS Coated, METALLICS Coated, PASTELS & NEONS Coated, CMYK Coated & Uncoated and the STARTER GUIDE Coated & Uncoated. Each will also feature a PANTONE-branded carry case that can easily store up to 10 PANTONE guides. As an added incentive, customers can trade in any old PANTONE guide for a $50 rebate toward the purchase of any PLUS Value Bundle until mid-September.

Product U.S. Pricing
PANTONE FORMULA GUIDE Solid Coated & Solid Uncoated $149
PANTONE COLOR BRIDGE® Coated & Uncoated Set $259
PANTONE SOLID CHIPS Coated & Uncoated $329
PANTONE CMYK Coated & Uncoated $135
PANTONE PASTELS & NEONS Coated & Uncoated $89
PANTONE PASTELS & NEONS CHIPS Coated & Uncoated $189
PANTONE COLOR MANAGER Software $49 or free with purchase of core color product
myPANTONE and X-Ref $9.99 and $1.99

About Pantone and the Pantone Color Institute Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries. Pantone products have encouraged colorful exploration and expressions of creativity from inspiration to implementation for more than 50 years. 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 For the latest news, trends, information and conversations, connect with Pantone on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and the Pantone Blog.

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, manufactures, 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

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