PMS LAB swatch in Library changes to CMYK when used
I’m having issues with my Pantone swatch in Adobe Illustrator’s Library. The swatch is saved to the Library with LAB settings, but when I select it it converts to CMYK forcing me to change it back to LAB and reenter the values every time I use it. I have hundreds of files that need Pantone colors which makes it a waste of valuable time. I’m attaching a youtube link of my screen to show what is happening. https://youtu.be/Pv4G7II95BM Is there a setting I need to use to solve this problem? Also, I’m using Illustrator 2023 (27.3.1) and Mac OS (10.15.7).
I have a suspicion it is related to recent breakup between Adobe and Pantone. Here is a link, in case you missed the announcement somehow: helpx.adobe.com/en/illustrator/kb/pantone-color-books-illustrator.html
In short, Pantone + Solid Coated, while being available still sometimes, does not longer allow to use LAB values, it gets converted to the document space. When you create your own swatch — values hold.
If you still want a collection of LAB swatches — you can purchase their (Pantone) plugin and load swatches using it (it also allows some free stuff), or search for alternatives to Pantone, which exist (I won’t provide links though).
Why? Probably because Pantone wants more money — this is how I personally think. We won’t know the truth ever, and you can read a lot of speculations elsewhere.