Pantone Color books | Photoshop

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.

These standardized pre-loaded Color libraries, also known as Pantone Color books, will be phased out starting August 16, 2022. Some Pantone Color books will remain pre-loaded and available in the 2022 version of Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. After August 16, 2022, the following Pantone Color books will remain available:

  • PANTONE+ CMYK Coated

  • PANTONE+ CMYK Uncoated

  • PANTONE+ Metallics Coated

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.

Customers who want to use the Pantone Color books can install the Pantone Connect plugin through Adobe Exchange and purchase a Pantone Connect license. You can find more information about Pantone Connect here.

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 Photoshop once phased out.

Use of Pantone Color books in Photoshop

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

  • Photoshop files with swatches from Pantone color books will function as before when opened or placed in Photoshop (inclusive of past or future software releases).
  • Photoshop files with spot channels where the colors used are from an unavailable Color book open with a color rendering error.

  • Photoshop files that are opened in Illustrator and use spot channels will render Gray/Black if colors from the parent Color books are no longer available.
  • Photoshop files opened in Photoshop will preserve the color details but render Gray/Black if colors from the parent Color books are no longer available. However, files will continue to support production workflows.
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