Please update to allow newer Pantone swatches to be usable.
For years Pantone's new colors have been released, yet I can't upload those books into Illustrator. So for years I've been able to see colors I can't use. Super frustrating. I use the Coated Color Bridge book in spot and cmyk. If I'm doing something wrong, PLEASE enlighten me!
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Lindsey Naumann commented
I've finally gotten this to work. If you've gotten to the point where you've downloaded the Pantone Color Manager (available on Pantone's website after you purchase a book and enter the serial number...), open Color Manager App, click the fan icon in the lower right, select Pantone Master Standards, then select the book you want. Then go to the toolbar, File > Export > Illustrator (or your app) > Lab. Then when you go to Illustrator > Windows > Swatch Libraries > Color Books > then select your book. The new one shows up as V3 for me. Hope this helps.
I have done all the steps below, but i still do not see the new pantone colors in illustrator, indesign and photoshop. What is going wrong? Can someone please help?
Thank you. Book marking this page for next month when they add colours again :(
Stefanie THANK YOU! This was immensely helpful and the Adobe online chat was completely useless. They have no knowledge of this.
If you have a Pantone swatch book, find the serial number (usually in bold, black letters on the bottom of one of the first pages of your book or fan) and register it with Pantone. Then you'll be able to download their Color Manager at no additional cost. Once that's been activated (using the same serial number you just used), click on the Fan Deck icon (bottom right) in the Color Manager app and select which color book you want to update or install. Once it's selected, you'll click File > Export > Photoshop/inDesign/Illustrator> and your print choice. (L*A*B for print, RGB for web). Then your Adobe application will be updated and you can find the newer colors and additional color books in your program for use.
It took me longer to find the serial number in the book than it did to export all of the new color books to Illustrator!
The download link is also pretty hard to find. Here it is:
Hi, if you register one of your Pantone swatch you don’t need to pay the $99 for the Color Manager Software.
Eric G commented
As of today (January 8, 2019), it appears that the Pantone Color Manager software costs $99. Seriously? Just to add new colors to Illustrator? Am I missing something?
Jeff D commented
Get a better business agreement and stop offloading work onto your customers. We pay you too much to have to jump through hoops for basic functionality.
Perfect! It worked out. I just had to download again the new version of Pantone Color Manager and tala.... Thanks!
Clever Creative commented
This is the response I got from Pantone's Customer Service:
Once you have obtained Pantone Color Manager, please note that it does not 'automatically' update the libraries in Adobe programs; rather, it provides you with access to the libraries for export into your applications. The steps to do this are fully documented within the online help system installed with the software, and accessible from the Help menu. Here's a brief description:
1. If your target applications are open, close them. (Adobe)
2. Launch PANTONE Color Manager
3. Go to View/Fandeck and select the desired library to export.
4. Go to File/Export/select your application/choose L*a*b* for print output or sRGB for Web design *
5. The library is exported and is now accessible from within your target application.
* PANTONE +COLOR BRIDGE libraries should be exported in CMYK space.
So, I have now installed Color Manager and registered my product. And yet I still cannot export the new colors to Illustrator CC. It sais: software not installed.
When I save it, Illustrator doen't recognize the file. What more can I do?
Agreed, this arrangement makes no allowances for the many many businesses that rely on PMS colors to operate and have designers coming in who have no access to colors they need. I can open up my PANTONE guide and see the colors I need but have no way to reach them, no idea when the business got the PANTONE guide (IE no way to register it) and a boss who is least concerned with getting a new chip guide every dang year. Selfish of PANTONE and sloppy on Adobe's part. How can you call yourself the industry standard and care so little for how your customers can use your programs.
This is disgusting behaviour. ADOBE AND PANTONE, STUFF YOUR STUPID BUSINESS AGREEMENT.
The only reason you both exist is because of us designers and printers. Its time that you both agreed to a better solution for this, before you lose us all to new, easier, cheaper or free methods of colour management.
Ive been using Adobe products and Pantone products fro years, and your services are getting worse every update!
Please can someone give me step by step instructions on how to load the new pantone colours. I have literally been trying for years and fail each time.
Why on earth does pantone and adobe make this so difficult. I spent a fortune on these books and cannot use the colours?
Pantone Color Libraries that are available in Illustrator (and InDesign, and Photoshop) are provide by Pantone under a business agreement with Adobe. Not all color libraries are covered under this agreement and both have their independent update cycles.
But you can update the color libraries through PANTONE PLUS Digital Libraries Installer. You can find more details about it here: https://www.pantone.com/how-to-get-pantone-color-manager