Pantone colour matching is a standardized colour repro system. In print, we mostly use CMYK but are often asked for a specific pantone colour for a logo or brand consistency. It ensures that no matter what you are printing with or on – the colour will remain consistent and controlled.
Most of pantones 1,114 spot colours cannot be made using CMYK references, but can be made using 15 base colours, including black and white, mixed to specific amounts.
Using special equipment we mix all inks in house, although some which contain multiple base colours we do purchase to ensure that the colour is exactly as the PMS reference.
Annually Pantone declares a colour of the year – for 2013 its Emerald Pantone 17-5641.
2012 was Tangerine Tango !!