X-Rite Solutions Help Printers and Packaging Converters Accurately Produce Pantone Color of the Year 2021: Ultimate Gray + Illuminating

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X-Rite helps brands, printers and packaging converters quickly and accurately produce PANTONE® 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating using integrated workflow tools including PantoneLIVE, InkFormulation and ColorCert quality control software.

X-Rite helps printers and packaging converters accurately produce PANTONE® 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating

Pantone 2021 Color of the Year is available in PantoneLIVE Production for Print and Packaging, which simulates the appearance of Pantone Colors on 36 packaging substrates.

Producing Illuminating for its highest visibility and impact or Ultimate Gray for its versatility in packaging and store displays will require the right color management software that can match the color across corrugated, film, offset and digital to ensure that all the components match.

X-Rite Incorporated and Pantone LLC, global leaders in color science and technology, today announced that the official spectral color values for PANTONE® 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating are now available in PantoneLIVE™, a cloud-based digital color standard ecosystem. PantoneLIVE integrates across X-Rite’s digital workflow tools allowing brands and their suppliers to immediately start color matching, formulating and accurately producing Ultimate Gray and Illuminating for a variety of print, packaging, wide format, signage, industrial and multimedia design applications.

“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 print, packaging, beauty, or home furnishings,” said Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.

“Producing Illuminating for its highest visibility and impact or Ultimate Gray for its versatility in packaging and store displays will require the right color management software that can match the color across corrugated, film, offset and digital to ensure that all the components match,” said Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Packaging Market Manager, X-Rite. “Together Pantone and X-Rite provide designers, brands, and their print suppliers with integrated solutions to streamline the design to production process. This includes tools for digital color communication, ink formulation, color measurement and quality control.”

Specifying Ultimate Gray and Illuminating in Print and Packaging Design

Brand designers have two design platforms from which they can incorporate Ultimate Gray and Illuminating into their print and packaging design files. The new Pantone Connect platform provides designers easy access to Pantone Color Libraries and palette creation tools from anywhere via mobile app, Web, and within Adobe Creative Cloud. For packaging designers who need to visualize the impact of substrate, ink, and print process on their chosen color, PantoneLIVE Design simulates the appearance of Pantone colors on 36 packaging substrates so that the appearance of the final printed package can be evaluated.

Achieving Ultimate Gray and Illuminating in Print Production

To ensure consistent color matching across materials, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating can be matched to its best matching print colors Pantone Cool Gray 7 C and Pantone 106 C from the Pantone Matching System (PMS) Solid Coated system for graphics. Brand owners, commercial printers, and packaging converters can now use the libraries available through PantoneLIVE Production for Print & Packaging to access Pantone master colors and their corresponding dependent color standards to ensure that each color is accurately produced regardless of substrate, printing technology, or ink types used. PantoneLIVE colors are available within X-Rite's InkFormulation Software, Color iQC Software and the ColorCert Suite of tools, as well as within a variety of 3rd party ecosystem software partners, providing printers with a total Pantone color control solution.

Brands and print suppliers can use PantoneLIVE and ColorCert Suite as part of a larger packaging quality control program to consistently achieve Ultimate Gray and Illuminating across their global suppliers. The combined solution delivers end-to-end print quality process control and reporting. This enables transparent and real-time evaluation of print and color quality results using digital tools to eliminate the need for expensive and time-consuming on-site press checks.

For more information on producing Pantone Color of the Year 2021: PANTONE® 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating using a print and packaging workflow, read our recent blog post: https://www.xrite.com/blog/pantone-color-of-the-year-packaging

About PantoneLIVE
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.

About X-Rite
Founded in 1958, X-Rite Incorporated is a global leader in the science and technology of color and appearance. With Pantone, X-Rite employs more than 800 people in 11 countries. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Grand Rapids, Mich., with regional headquarters in Europe and Asia and service centers across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. X-Rite offers a full range of solutions used by manufacturers, retailers, printers, photographers and graphic design houses to achieve precise management and communication of color and appearance throughout their processes. X-Rite products and services are recognized standards in the printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles and medical industries. For further information, please visit http://www.xrite.com.

About Pantone
Pantone provides the universal language of color that enables color-critical decisions through every stage of the workflow for brands and manufacturers. More than 10 million designers and producers around the world rely on Pantone products and services to help define, communicate and control color from inspiration to realization – leveraging advanced X-Rite technology to achieve color consistency across various materials and finishes for graphics, fashion and product design. Pantone Standards feature digital and physical color specification and workflow tools. The Pantone Color Institute™ provides customized color standards, brand identity and product color consulting as well as trend forecasting inclusive of Pantone Color of the Year, Fashion Runway Color Trend Reports, color psychology and more. Pantone B2B Licensing incorporates the Pantone Color System into different products and services, enabling licensees to communicate and reproduce certified Pantone values and improve efficiencies for their users. Pantone Lifestyle brings color and design together across apparel, home, and accessories. Learn more at http://www.pantone.com.

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©2020 X-Rite, Inc. All rights reserved. X-Rite is a registered trademark of X-Rite, Inc. 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; 7,738,149 and their foreign equivalents. © Pantone LLC, 2020. All rights reserved.

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