Pantone: Coated vs. Uncoated? Which one to pick for rgb?


I am pretty new to the Pantone Matching System and I understand the difference between C (coated) and U (uncoated).

Now my question: What should I use when I only need it on the screen? (no print, just for websites)

In all the brand guidelines, the companies (of course) only pick the color name (without appended C or U).

But what would be the workflow for web-only (rgb) stuff?

I have my Pantone Color Bridge and I need the hex/rgb value. Which one should I pick for screen-only stuff?

Thanks for your answers!

EDIT: For clearer understanding: I want to create my own guideline for a web project which only uses its colors on screens (rgb). And for that: Should I use coated or uncoated? Or: Does coated or uncoated colors better match the characteristics of a screen?

11/22/2015 5:13:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Color Bridge gives you the RGB values for both coated and uncoated. Coated means for coated paper which can display brighter, more saturated colors (as joojaa already wrote). Uncoated paper lets the color soak into the paper, so the colors appear less bright, a bit more organic. It depends on your design, what would be the better match.

Defining a Pantone value only makes sense if someone needs to print your designs. That's what brand guides include it for. For screen only RGB is really all you need.

11/23/2015 5:16:00 PM