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Get Pantone PMS color not associated with process colors

I am clueless when it comes to print colors.  My printer wants me to send her the regular PMS color not associated with process colors.  How do I get this value from Photoshop so I can send to her?  The RGB value is 73, 104, 177.  The hexadecimal is 4968b1.  Can someone help me get the corresponding value (or one close) that is NOT associated with a process color?
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8/22/2022 - Mon

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The Adobe Color Picker lets you choose colors from the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM®, the Trumatch® Swatching System", the Focoltone® Colour System, the Toyo Color Finder" 1050 system, the ANPA-Color" system, the HKS® color system, and the DIC Color Guide.

Photoshop prints spot colors to CMYK (process color) plates in every image mode except Duotone. To print true spot color plates, create spot color channels.
Open the Adobe Color Picker, and click Color Libraries.
The Custom Colors dialog box displays the color closest to the color currently selected in the Adobe Color Picker.

For Book, choose a color library. See below for descriptions of the color libraries.
Locate the color you want by entering the ink number or by dragging the triangles along the scroll bar.
Click the desired color patch in the list.

Ok woah, STOP!!! :-)


Your printer should have told you this: trying to determine the color you want off of your screen is pointless. Trying to determine the color you want via any of the color libraries in photoshop is POINTLESS!. At best, you will be in the same color family.

Your printer, if they were worth a damn, would show you swatch books that have the actual printed Pantone/spot colors printed in the book. Unless you have gone through some very extensive color calibration, the chances that the color on  your monitor and the actual printed pantone color are the same is remote at best.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO: Go to your printer, ask to see the Pantone swatch book, preferably the one that is printed on the same/similar stock as what you plan on printing on. Choose the spot color you want, and tell them that. Then you can go and put it in the file if you want, or if they are any good, they will do that work for you.

Never, ever rely on the screen for what your color should look like unless you have gone through extensive calibration and color management. Always demand to see a printed proof. It may cost you $, but it is the only way to make sure your final printed product is the actual color you want.


For the record, I could care less about the points, but I believe this is very, very WRONG! This is NOT the way to do it and anyone who reads this and sees the accepted solution should NOT follow this method if they want the best possible printed product.
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