How to get close to PMS 662 or PMS 296 in CMYK?


Basically I am trying to achieve Navy color or PMS 662 or PMS 296 with CMYK and having trouble. This will be used on Dye Sublimation print.

Is there any recommendation on how I should do with CMYK.

Thank you in advance.

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6/23/2015 3:08:00 PM

Accepted Answer

There's a few factors you need to deal with here:

  • Not all Pantone colors are reproducable via CMYK. (in fact, that's one of the reasons people use Pantone print in colors they normally can't with CMYK)
  • The Dye Sublimation may print CMYK colors differently than what you might see on a offset press.

The solution is likely going to be you creating a bunch of swatches of various blues (like you have above) and sending that to the printer and have them create a proof for you. Then use your eyes to find the color that you think will work best.

6/23/2015 4:02:00 PM

The technical solution would be: Get a color profile of your printer.

  • You can make it using special hardware.

  • There is a chance the manufacturer provides one too.

Or make a color chart as DA01 recomended. I would make a more methodical one than a random one like the one you posted.

I would make a CM K chart. Cyan on X axis, Magenta on Y axis and diferent charts adding more black.

Adding black to a color chart

Of course the starting point can be colors closer to your target, and smaller variations of each channel.