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How to Apply Spot Colours to a Design.

  • This information applies only to the design. Do not use Pantone / spot colours in your print design, unless you have been quoted for it.

    Unless you are experienced in designing with duotones, we recommend that you do NOT use Photoshop to apply Pantone (spot) colours. Even though Photoshop has spot colour libraries, the final file is saved in either CMYK or RGB mode.

  • Illustrator

  • To add a Pantone swatch to your design, go to:
    Window > Swatch Libraries > PANTONE solid coated

  • Click on the colour of your choice, and it will be added to the swatch palette, ready to be applied to your design elements:

  • Before submitting your disc face file, make sure that there are no CMYK or RGB elements anywhere in your layout.

  • InDesign

  • From the Swatch Palette, click on the upper left arrow and choose New Colour Swatch.

  • Next, choose Color Type > Spot and Color Mode > PANTONE solid coated. Scroll down and click on he spot colour you wish to use in your design. Click OK.

  • Your new spot colour now appears in the Swatch Palette, ready to use:

  • Before submitting your file, make sure that there are no CMYK or RGB elements anywhere in your layout.

    QuarkXpress

  • To add Pantone colours to the colour palette, go to Edit > Colors.

  • Then choose PANTONE solid coated:

  • Choose the Pantone colour you wish to add, then click OK.

  • The new pantone colour now appears in your colour palette, ready to be applied to your picture elements.

  • Before submitting your file, make sure that there are no CMYK or RGB elements anywhere in your layout.