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The PANTONE library of color definitions is a standard feature of Prinergy. It is loaded into the global color database. You access the global color database when you're using the Color Editor.

The PANTONE library consists of color definitions for 15,751 different PANTONE color names. Most of the colors are defined in the L*a*b* color space; some are defined in the CMYK color space. Each PANTONE color name has only one color definition, also known as a color recipe.

Because Prinergy uses the PANTONE library, it lets you create proofs that are even closer to the color produced by presses.

PANTONE library with QuarkXPress, Illustrator, and Photoshop

The PANTONE library is intended for use with files produced by QuarkXPress, Adobe Illustrator, and/or Adobe Photoshop, which all contain the PANTONE library. In these desktop applications, when you use a color from the PANTONE library, the color name is captured in the file. QuarkXPress, Illustrator, and Photoshop all add characters to the end of PANTONE color names. Prinergy knows the rules by which each of these desktop applications change PANTONE color names. When you add the file to Prinergy and refine it, Prinergy recognizes the PANTONE color name, matches it to the PANTONE color in the PANTONE library, and uses the color recipe from the PANTONE library.
You have the option of changing the color recipe for the PANTONE color for the job. The modified color recipe is stored with the job and does not override the color recipe in the PANTONE library.

PANTONE library with other desktop applications

Prinergy recognizes PANTONE color names in files generated by QuarkXPress, Illustrator, and Photoshop, because Prinergy knows the rules these applications use to specify PANTONE color names. If you are processing a file in Prinergy that is produced by any other desktop application, such as CorelDRAW, you will need to know the rules the applications use to name the PANTONE colors in their files to successfully use the PANTONE library in Prinergy.

PANTONE library presence in Prinergy

The PANTONE library is invisible to you until you've refined files that contain PANTONE spot colors or you have manually added separations with PANTONE color names to a job. When a PANTONE color exists in a job, you can see its color recipe when you display the Color Separations dialog box or the Color Mapping dialog box.

The refining process and Color Combiner both use the PANTONE library.

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