Changing colours

It was over 45 years ago that Pantone introduced the now universal Pantone Matching System (PMS) - a system that every single designer and creative professional has to be familiar with. And with Goe (it's not an acronym by the way), introduced last September, Pantone has released a colour specification system to complement the standardised PMS.

It's an important distinction - Goe doesn't make your existing reference books and swatches redundant, it simply offers 2,058 colours compared with the 1,114 colours in the original spot-colour system. Goe could replace the PMS in your workflow, but there's absolutely no guarantee that a PMS number can be precisely colour-matched to a Goe number. Around 40 per cent of the PMS colours are in the Goe system (though with a new reference number) and you can use the myPantone Palettes software to determine the best match.

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