It’s likely that you don’t give too much thought to where the digital colors you use originally came from. You’ve probably never wondered who can “own” a particular color you choose when creating something in Photoshop. However, many people are about to pay a large amount of attention to this as their collection of PSD files fills with unwanted black due to the license change between Adobe and Pantone.
From now on, common Adobe applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign will not support Pantone colors for free, and those who want these colors to appear in their saved files will have to pay for a separate license. And this is real life.
Pantone has been around since the 1950s, the New Jersey company initially refined its printing inks, later invented the Pantone Color Matching System. So, of course, the company, which has become the industry standard for color matching, naturally claims ownership of all 2,161 shades, protects its intellectual property and prevents its unlicensed use. This extends to preventing others from creating a “Pan”.tone-matched” color systems. Or, in other words, they claim to have their own color.
Last year’s announcement Adobe will remove Pantone “colorbooks” from its software shocked the design world. Removing one industry standard from the other would clearly have caused problems, but at the time, rumors circulated that the companies were in a dispute while Adobe said it would “work on an alternative solution.”
Since then, the official reasons given haven’t made much sense. according to PantoneThe two companies began working together in the 1990s, but “The Pantone color libraries in Adobe’s apps haven’t been updated since 2010.” This apparently means “significantly outdated and missing hundreds of new Pantone Colors”. (Yes, the company capitalizes the word “Color” seriously.) It means “Pantone and Adobe have jointly decided to remove legacy libraries and focus on an improved in-app experience that better serves our users.”
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The removal of Pantone’s colors from Adobe’s software was supposed to happen on March 31 this year, but that date has come and gone. It was then postponed to August 16, then to August 31. But this month, people are noticing the effects, reporting issues with creations using Pantone’s spot colors. And solution? This is an Adobe plug-in to “minimize disruption to workflow and provide Adobe Creative Cloud users with updated libraries.” This, of course, costs $15 a month. Netflix, but to spice it up!
However, Pantone still states it in its report. outdated FAQ “This update will have minimal impact on a designer’s workflow. Existing Creative Cloud files and documents containing Pantone Color references…