Pantone Color Books | InDesign

Find answers to commonly asked questions about Pantone Color books.

Color system manufacturers like Pantone create standardized colors for relaying color information across apps like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, primarily for print design purposes. In early 2022, Pantone changed its licensing model with Adobe, resulting in changes to how customers access Pantone color books.

Standardized pre-loaded color libraries, also known as Pantone Color books, have begun to be phased out of Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop in software updates released as of August 16, 2022.

After the November 2022 release, the only Pantone Color books that will remain are:

  • Pantone + CMYK Coated
  • Pantone + CMYK Uncoated
  • Pantone + Metallic Coated

Customers who rely on Pantone colors in their creative workflows will need a Pantone license via the Pantone Connect plugin available on Adobe Exchange.

Frequently asked questions

Pantone’s licensing with Adobe was adjusted. Due to this change, customers will need to purchase Pantone Connect licenses to access Pantone colors in Adobe Creative Cloud products.

Customers who rely on Pantone colors in their creative workflows must purchase a Pantone Connect license and access Pantone colors via the Pantone Connect plugin on Adobe Exchange. You can find more information about Pantone Connect here.

The changes to Pantone Color books access in Adobe Creative Cloud apps do not apply to other third-party color books available in Adobe Creative Cloud apps. The other color books (ANPA, DIC, FOCOLTONE, HKS, TOYO, TRUMATCH) will remain available in Adobe Creative Cloud apps without plugins or third-party licenses.

All App versions before August 2022 will continue to have all previous Pantone Color books pre-loaded and available. However, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop applications will be affected differently.

What's next?

Now that you've learned about Pantone Color books, read on to understand how they affect InDesign once phased out.

Use of Pantone Color books in InDesign

The following scenarios will apply while using any Pantone Color books in InDesign:

  • InDesign files with swatches from Pantone Color books will function as before when opened or placed in InDesign (inclusive of past or future software releases).
  • InDesign files with place-linked Photoshop files that use spot channels render Gray/Black in InDesign when colors from Color books are no longer available.
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