What is the difference between CMYK and PMS Colors?Kyle Miller2020-02-13T10:06:30-05:00
What is the difference between CMYK and PMS Colors?
CMYK are the four colors that make up the schema: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. To create an image, printers define four separate plates that make up a full image. One plate is used for each of the colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) and is designed to lay down a very specific amount of pigment on the image.
PMS colors, which stand for Pantone Matching System, are slightly different than CMYK colors. PMS colors are mixed before being applied to a surface. The PMS color is an ink that is mixed, allowing for a wider range of reproduced colors than what CMYK offers. Each PMS color contains a unique hue, which can be matched by a number associated with the Pantone Matching System of swatches. PMS inks are not laid in a dot pattern but can be screened in a halftone to produce a variety of shades.