Pantone offers Five Unique Color Palettes
Pantone Solids Palette
The Pantone Solid palette consists of 1,341 colors, identified by three or four digit numbers, followed by a C or U suffix.. Originally designed for the graphics industry, the pantone solids palette is now used by a wide range of industries, and is the most commonly used palette. As an example,
Pantone 199 Red can be identified as Pantone 199C (C= Coated Paper), Pantone 199U (U= Uncoated Paper) Shop for Pantone Solids Guides and Books. Related to the Solids palette, Pantone also offers specialty colors such as Metallics and Pastels/Neons.
Pantone Process Palette
The Pantone Process palette consists of more than 3,000 color variations digitally created with CMYK process printing. Process printing requires the use of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black ink. All colors in this palette start with DS and contain hypenated numbers, from DS-1-1 thru DS- 334-9 and may be followed by a C (coated) or U (uncoated). These guides are only suitable for four-color process printing, and are used to design color build using CMYK, in various combinations.The Pantone Color Bridge can be used to convert Solid Colors into CMYK percentages. Shop for Pantone Process Guides and Books.
Pantone Textile Palette
The Pantone Textile palette consists of 1,925 Pantone for Fashion and Home colors, identified by two digits, followed by a hyphen, four digits, and then a suffix. They also have a name, as a secondary identifier.The Fashion and Home colors are used by fashion, textile, and apparel designers and manufacturers worldwide. For example Pantone 19-2430 could be identified as Pantone 19-2430 TPX Purple Potion (Printed on Paper) or 19-2430 TCPurple Potion (Dyed on Cotton) . Shop for Pantone Textile Fashion and Home Guides and Books.
Pantone Plastics Palette
The Plastics palette consists of 735 transparent and 1,005 opaque plastic color chips. The plastics palette is used primarily by industrial designers and manfacturers worldwide to specify colors for molded and fabricated plastics. These chips are conveniently arranged in three ring binders, and each chip has three levels of thickness, to display different levels of transparency. Plastic selectors are offered in either opaque (Q) or transparent (T) . An example of an opaque color would be Q200-2-4. The transparent colors begin with a T. Shop for Pantone Plastics Chips.
Pantone Goe Palette
The Pantone Goe Palette contains 2,058 chromatically-arranged solid colors, and does not replace the Pantone Solids Palette. Shop for Pantone Goe Guides and Books.