|PANTONE COLOR BRIDGE Colors||PANTONE METALLICS Colors||PANTONE NEONS&PASTELS Colors|
PANTONE color matching system was developed by American company Pantone Inc. in the mid-twentieth century. Until 2010 the system called the Pantone Matching System (PMS), since 2010, has been updated with a great number of colors and was called PANTONE PLUS. PANTONE along with RAL are the most common color matching system in the world and are used in many industries, including the production of masterbatches.
Initially, at the time of creation of the system, there were 500 colors designated with three-digit numbers. Subsequently, when it became necessary to expand the system, new colors were inserted between existing ones by adding the fourth digit, so there were created a four-digit PANTONE numbers. In 2010 PANTONE has added several hundred colors and, contrary to the established system of notation, they were assigned with a four-digit number, starting 7401. And in 2012 PANTONE updated with 336 new colors by assigning them numbers starting from 2001. As a result, the system became even more confusing and inconvenient.
PANTONE PLUS numbers can be systematized as follows:
|Color group||Additional effect||Designation||PANTONE catalog|
|PANTONE SOLID COLORS||Colors with no additional effects||1XX-7XX, 2XXX, 7XXX||PANTONE FORMULA GUIDE
PANTONE COLOR BRIDGE
|PANTONE METALLIC COLORS||Metalic colors||871-877, 8XXX||PANTONE METALLICS|
|PANTONE NEON COLORS||Fluorescent colors||801-814, 9XX||PANTONE NEONS&PASTELS|
|PANTONE PASTEL COLORS||Pastel colors||9XXX||PANTONE NEONS&PASTELS|
|PANTONE PREMIUM METALLIC COLORS||Metallic colors PREMIUM||10XXX||PANTONE PREMIUM METALLICS|
* according to Wikipedia and ColorScheme