(PMS) The printing industry standard color matching system. Ink colors are referred to by a common set of three- or four-digit numbers to ensure color accuracy from one printer to the next.
A proprietary color classification system for printing inks, with colors coded numerically for easy identification. PANTONE is a registered trademark of Pantone, Inc. The colors shown and specified are not intended to match the PANTONE color standards. The standards for PANTONE colors are shown in the current editions of the PANTONE color publications. PANTONE colors are not equivalent to Toyo colors.
A color scale used to precisely match colors for printing inks. Each color has a coded number indicating instruction for mixing inks to achieve it. The inks are mixed using 11 basic colors.
Standardized series of thousands of colors, each with specific color formulations and identification number. PMS colors are duplicated in swatch books and in computer-graphics programs to allow exact duplication of colors in printing and other marking processes, such as signmaking.
Numbering system for identifying 3,000+ colors created through combinations of 14 primary color inks. The Pantone company produces numerous color-matching systems for standard print and computer applications.
trade name for a color-matching system used by printers to specify inks for printing. A specific formula is used to produce each shade, and each shade is assigned a specific number. Often referred to as "PMS.".