X-Rite’s Digital Workflow Tools Help Manufacturers Accurately Produce Pantone Color of the Year 2021: Ultimate Gray + Illuminating
X-Rite helps textiles, paints, home goods, electronics, and other consumer product companies accurately produce PANTONE® 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating using integrated digital workflow tools including PantoneLIVE, formulation and quality control software.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., December 16, 2020 – X-Rite Incorporated and Pantone LLC, global leaders in color science and technology, today announced that the official spectral color value for PANTONE® 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is now available in PantoneLIVE™, a cloud-based digital color standard ecosystem. PantoneLIVE integrates across X-Rite’s digital workflow tools allowing brands and their material suppliers to immediately start color matching, formulating and accurately producing Ultimate Gray and Illuminating across textiles, paint and coatings, or plastics.
“A marriage of strength and optimism, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating do not have to be used in equal proportions, either color can take precedence whether for apparel, beauty, home furnishings, electronics, product design or packaging,” said Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.
“Quickly incorporating color trends into apparel or other product designs can be a challenge – especially when a finished product includes multiple materials like cotton, leather, plastics, synthetics and more,” said Richard Knapp, Product Manager, X-Rite and Pantone. “Together X-Rite and Pantone provide an integrated set of tools from digital color specification, formulation, measurement and quality control to help brands and their material suppliers immediately being matching and producing Ultimate Gray and Illuminating across a range of materials.”
Specifying Ultimate Gray and Illuminating in Digital Design Workflows
Designers have access to a unique color platform from which they can incorporate Ultimate Gray and Illuminating into their design files. The new Pantone Connect platform provides designers easy access to Pantone Color Libraries and palette creation tools from anywhere via mobile app for iOS and Android, web app, and within Adobe Creative Cloud.
Achieving Ultimate Gray and Illuminating in Textiles, Plastics and Paint and Coatings
PantoneLIVE Production for Plastic, Coatings, and Textile offers a collection of product-oriented Pantone Color libraries curated to meet the specific needs of color material suppliers and manufacturers working with plastics, coatings and textiles.
Apparel, home goods, electronics and other consumer good brands can use PantoneLIVE Production for Plastic, Coatings, and Textile to streamline the production for colors such as Ultimate Gray and Illuminating found in the Pantone Fashion, Home + Interiors (FHI) System and for the Pantone Matching System (PMS) for plastics and coatings. Sharing color specification as part of a digital workflow allows suppliers to begin color formulation immediately for faster production.
Manufacturers can access Pantone spectral data in PantoneLIVE Production directly through X-Rite Color iMatch formulation software and Color iQC quality assurance software paired with an X-Rite benchtop spectrophotometer or a Ci64 handheld spectrophotometer. These solutions provide an integrated connected color workflow designed to ensure accurate color formulation and quality control for PANTONE Colors including Ultimate Gray and Illuminating.
For more information on formulating Pantone Color of the Year 2021: PANTONE® 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, read our recent blog post: https://www.xrite.com/blog/coy-formulation-is-key
PantoneLIVE is a cloud-based solution that enables the PANTONE Color language to be communicated and targeted for accurate color production across the entire supply chain – from design concept to final color production. The PantoneLIVE family includes PantoneLIVE Design, PantoneLIVE Production - Print & Packaging and PantoneLIVE Production – Plastic, Coatings and Textile. The different offerings are tailored to meet the specific needs of designers, color material suppliers and manufacturers working with paper, film, plastics, coatings and textiles. The PantoneLIVE family is supported by licensed hardware and software that enables each area of the packaging, plastic, coatings and textile supply chains to access spectral data for matching PANTONE® Colors and specific brand palettes. This results in consistent and repeatable color across product families, for a cohesive brand approach regardless of material, media or print technology.
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