X-Rite Expands PantoneLIVE

GRAND RAPIDS, MI | X-Rite, global supplier of in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone report the expansion of its PantoneLIVE cloud-based solution for digitally communicating color with the addition of six new color libraries for gravure printing. The company also released PantoneLIVE Visualizer, a new software tool that helps graphic designers, brands, and print suppliers better compare, evaluate, and visualize colors across multiple substrates and printing technologies.

“PantoneLIVE was created to help share accurate and achievable colors across a package printing supply chain,” says Adrián Fernández, VP, PantoneLIVE, X‑Rite. “In partnership with our customers, we are continuously evolving the platform to support a wide range of packaging applications and help designers easily visualize on-screen how color palettes will appear in production. PantoneLIVE now offers over 50,000 Pantone color choices and supports 80 percent of packaging applications. By increasing the depth and scope of PantoneLIVE, designers and brands are able speed up the entire packaging design process and get products to market on average four times faster.”

PantoneLIVE’s new libraries for gravure printing technology are said to be ideal for flexible packaging and label applications. Two of the new libraries are designed to help brands and converters match color on metallized flexible packaging and label structures. In total, PantoneLIVE offers 28 libraries of Pantone solids and tints that are tailored to specific package printing applications and technologies such as folding cartons, labels, flexo, and paper packaging.

The new libraries include:

  • Labels gravure process using solvent ink printed on coated paper with gloss-neutral varnish;
  • Flexible packaging gravure process using solvent ink printed on clear film substrate with gloss-neutral varnish;
  • Flexible packaging gravure process using solvent ink printed on clear film substrate over white ink with gloss-neutral varnish; • Flexible packaging gravure process using solvent ink reverse printed on clear film substrate over white ink;
  • Flexible packaging gravure process using solvent ink reverse printed on clear film substrate over white ink laminated to aluminum;
  • Flexible packaging gravure process using solvent ink printed on aluminum substrate over white ink with gloss-neutral varnish.

To help designers and brands visually show the variability in color that is the result of changes in the base material, printing process, and ink types, X-Rite has developed PantoneLIVE Visualizer. Available immediately at no additional cost to PantoneLIVE users, Visualizer delivers an on-screen visualization of Pantone Master colors and achievable PantoneLIVE Dependent colors. The results can be exported into print-ready PDF documents that can be shared across the supply chain to better communicate design intent.

PantoneLIVE Visualizer works with the X-Rite eXact handheld spectrophotometer allowing users to measure the spectral color data from existing physical materials and objectively compare multiple materials on-screen. Using the spectral data, the software will also convert local color samples to specific PANTONE and PantoneLIVE references for precise color communication across suppliers.

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