Slow down Cowboy! I am not talking about what you think I am. Get yer mind out of the gutter.

When I refer to PMS, I am talking about the Pantone Matching System. Pantone, Inc. ( is a company that creates color, so to speak. In technology, as an example, there are many standards such as IEEE, USB, 802.11 and so on. In the marketing and design industry, Pantone acts as the standard language for color across the world. They create the colors, code them with numbers, manufacturer to color tools like color wheels, etc. Some industries that use color in a critical sense are digital technology, fashion, home, plastics, architecture, contract interiors and paint.

Obviously, this is used in printing as well. Especially amongst larger companies, color for branding purposes becomes important. When these companies deliver a graphic design that needs to be printed, it is common for them to supply PMS color numbers. When these number are supplied, the printer needs to match these colors in the print process. If not, the work becomes garbage.


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