How to update the Pantone Colour Book Swatches in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign

How to update the Pantone Colour Book Swatches in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign

November 15, 2019 4 By Peter Engel


– Hey there. So you’ve got your artwork all ready and you want to apply
a PANTONE swatch colour to your artwork. So you have your artwork, and you know which colour you want. So in this instance I want
to go for PANTONE 2035 from my PANTONE solid coated book. So to find a PANTONE
colour in Illustrator, what you need is to open
up your Swatches panel, click on the little menu,
top right of that panel, go down to Open Swatch
Library, Colour Books, and in Colour Books you will
see some PANTONE guides. Now I’m looking for PANTONE Solid, so I’m going to click and
open the PANTONE Solid menu. Okay, so let’s just change
that to Large Thumbnail View, or Large List View, actually. To find a PANTONE colour
you just type in its number, so I’m looking for 2035. We hit a problem. My book has 2035, but Illustrator doesn’t. So what do we do? How do we fix that? Well, what you need to
do is you need to update to the latest PANTONE colour
books in your software. The Adobe software does not
update these automatically, you have to do it
yourself, and to do that, you are going to need to use
this piece of software here. Okay, so this is the software, it’s the PANTONE Colour Manager. Now, this is actually, as
of the making of this video, it’s 90 pounds for this software. I did get this software for free as part of my purchase
for my PANTONE books. There is a serial number
on the back of my books, and by going to the Activate option in PANTONE Colour Manager, I was able to put in a
serial number from my book and it activated the software,
essentially for free for me. Now this may still work, I’m not sure. If not as I say it’s going
to cost you 90 pounds to download this software. So what you do, is you go to your software and
then you go to File, Export, choose the software that
you want to export to, you can see you’ve got
Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Corel, QuarkXPress. If you have a screen calibrator
like an i1Profile Pro, it will allow you to export to those types of software as well. You would choose Standard and then you have the
choice of Lab or sRGB, and it will instal that colour book. A quicker way to do that is down here at the bottom there you’ll see a little
icon with an arrow. If you click on that, it opens
up the Easy Export Options, and what you can actually do is you can select all of the applications you want to update the books for, and then you can choose all of the books that you want to add. Now, it’s got all of the
PANTONE books in here. You’ve got cotton, nylon, pfft, SkinTone, Metallic, all of these books, a lot of these books aren’t in Illustrator or the other Adobe apps by default. Right now I’m just going to look, I just want the latest solid coated book. So I’m just going to
add in Solid Coated-V4 and Solid Coated-336, just for just now. And then I’m going to hit Next. It’s now exported those PANTONE swatches to all of my software. So if I go back into Illustrator, and I go to Swatches, Open
Swatch Library, Colour Books, you’ll now see that I
now have Solid Coated-V4. So let’s click on that and open that. So we’ve now got the Solid Coated. You can see, we’ve got the original PANTONE solid coated book
and then the V4 book. Now if I do a search, well, let’s make this
a Large Thumbnail View, now if I search for 2035, there we go, there’s the red that I’m looking for. So I can select my artwork
and apply that swatch of 2035. I hope that’s cleared
some things up for you, and you can go away and update
all of your Adobe software with the latest PANTONE books. If you found the video useful, make sure to give it a thumbs up, subscribe to my YouTube
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