Model #: plv-des

PantoneLIVE Design


PantoneLIVE Design gives designers and prepress teams access to Pantone digital color libraries and to private brand libraries for use during the inspiration, creation and prepress phases. This license enables Adobe Illustrator to work with PantoneLIVE. Requires free PantoneLIVE Adobe Illustrator plugin.

Digital Color Standards and Communication

PantoneLIVE Design enables designers to define, create and communicate color palettes based on specific substrates, print processes, inks and application methods. These colors can be shared with the production supply chain utilizing a cloud-based repository. Brand integrity and design intent are assured across a variety of print surfaces, production processes, departments and geographies delivering expected results.


  • Select colors that are achievable across all desired substrates
  • Eliminate ambiguity in communicating color
  • Improve visibility to performance across an increasingly complex supply chain
  • Get to final approved color faster

Product Features

PantoneLIVE ColorBook
PantoneLIVE ColorBook
  • Access to 4,518 up-to-date Pantone colors.
  • Assess spot color appearance when applied to different packaging materials and printing processes.
  • Substitute spot colors in design file to improve production outcomes.
Compare Design with Realistic Color Appearance with PantoneLIVE Viewer

Create a side-by-side comparison of your design file as it would appear upon output when printed as a PMS spot color or a PMS color on 34 common packaging materials.

PantoneLIVE Viewer

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  • Save time, money, and rework by showing how colors will appear on the most common packaging materials before artwork goes into production. 
  • Communicate color intent internally or share with production partners to eliminate color risk earlier in the workflow.
Pantone Fandeck
Pantone Physical Color Guides

The best-selling color standards in the world, used for design inspiration, color specification, and printing accuracy.


PANTONE®, PantoneLIVE and other Pantone trademarks are the property of Pantone LLC. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Pantone is a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated. Licensed under Sun Chemical Corporation. Sun Chemical’s patented technology enables the communication of a consistent, digital description of the desired appearance of a product. – [U.S. Patent Nos. 7,034,960; 7,202,976; 7,268,918; 7,417,764 and their foreign equivalents]. © Pantone LLC, 2017. All rights reserved.


Digital Color Library Access This license provides access to the digital Pantone color standards in the PantoneLIVE cloud when connected to Adobe Illustrator and PantoneLIVE Visualizer.
Internet Connection Yes, for cloud synchronization

Case Studies


"Physical and digital references are both an important part of the process, they are complementary to each other."

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3rd Party Software Supported
Apple iOS
Available Disk Space
Battery Life
BestMatch Feature
Black Background With Sheet Storage
Calibration Interval
Closed Loop Support
Coarseness Repeatability
Coarseness Reproducibility
Color Bar Alignment
Color Differences
Color Spaces
Communication Interface
Compatible Android Devices
Compatible Software Supporting DNG Profiles
Compatible iOS Devices
Configuration Options
Data Format
Density Range
Density Standards
Dimensions (length, width, height)
Display Resolution
Embedded NetProfiler Support
Experience Level
G7 Certification
Illumination Colors
Illumination Spot Size
Image Contact During Measurements
Import/Export Format
Industry Standards
Ink Wells / Ink Units
Instrument Display
Inter-Instrument Agreement
Internal Temperature & Humidity Sensor
Internet Connection Yes, for cloud synchronization Yes, for cloud synchronization
Lamp Life
Lamp Timer
Languages Supported
Laser Transmission Targeting
Light Level Adjustment
Light Level Sensor
Light Source
Lot-to-Lot Repeatability
Measurement Background
Measurement Conditions
Measurement Cycle Time
Measurement Frequency in Scanning Mode
Measurement Geometry
Measurement Spot
Measurement Time
Measurement Working Distance
Media Thickness
Minimal Media Thickness
Minimum Order Quantity
Mobile Device Compatibility
NetProfiler Support
Number of Displays Supported per Workstation
Operating Temperature Range
Optical Brigtener Compensation (OBC)
Optical Drive
Package Dimensions (length, width, height)
PantoneLIVE Support
Paper Thickness
Pass / Fail
Patch Size
Photometric Range
Photometric Resolution
Reflectance Aperture(s)
Sample Preview
Scan Length
Scanner Target Support
Scanning Area
Scanning Capability
Scanning Speed
Screen Ruling Range (AM)
Service Indicator
Sheet Size
Sheet Storage
Shipped Weight
Short Term Repeatability - Black
Short Term Repeatability - Blue
Short Term Repeatability - Density
Short Term Repeatability - Green
Short Term Repeatability - White
Single Pass Scan
Software Development Kit
Software Modes
Sparkle Measurement
Sparkle Repeatability
Sparkle Reproducibility
Spectral Analyzer
Spectral Interval
Spectral Range
Spectral Reporting
Standard Indices
Status Panel
Storage Temperature Range
Supported Devices
Supported Profile Format
Total Light Sources
Track Sizes
Transform Support
Transmission Aperture(s)
Unit Color
User Experience
User Experience
Video Card
Viewing Area (length, width, height)
Warm Up Time
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