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Pantone Numbering System

The Pantone Matching System (PMS) uses a distinct numbering system to help designers, manufactures, vendors, and partners to identify and match Pantone colors. Each number is associated with a specific color system and set of products.

Listed below are examples of each type of Pantone color and the systems and products they are associated with.

Pantone Matching System®

Universally known as PMS Numbers, the Pantone Matching System includes 1,867 spot colors. You'll know it's a PMS color if it...

Pantone Formula Guide Coated & Uncoated (GP1601N)


301 distinctive, elegant, and unique Pantone metallic spot colors. You'll know it's a METALLIC color if it...

Pantone Metallics


300 high-luster, durable metallic spot colors made from special-effect inks. You'll know it's a PREMIUM METALLIC color if it...

Pantone Premium Metallics


154 soothing pastel and 56 bright neon specialty, spot colors. You'll know it's a PASTELS & NEONS color if it...

Pantone Pastels & Neons

Pantone CMYK / 4–Color Process

2,868 CMYK process colors with no relationship and cannot be matched to the PMS Spot Colors. You'll know it's a CMYK / 4–COLOR PROCESS color if it...

Process Simulations of Solid Pantone Colors

The 1,845 closest 4-Color CMYK process printing matches to Pantone Spot Colors. You'll know it's a closest matching Process Simulations color if it...


1,729 seven-color simulations of the solid (spot) Pantone Matching System. You'll know it's a 7–COLOR PROCESS SIMULATION color if it...

Pantone XGC

Fashion, Home + Interiors

2,310 Fashion, Home, and Interior System colors for textile, fashion, home and interior designers. You'll know it's a FASHION, HOME + INTERIORS color if it...

Plastics Selector Chips

1,005 opaque and 735 transparent plastic chips used for hard goods, consumer packaged goods, glassware, cosmetics, and more. You'll know it's a PLASTICS SELECTOR color if it...

Products Include:

Plastics Transparent Selector (PBT100), Plastics Opaque Selector (PBQ100), Plastics Opaque & Transparent Selector (PPTQ100)

Plastic Standard Chips

Pantone Plastic Standard Chips are matched to the colors in the Pantone Matching System or Pantone Fashion, Home + Interiors Color System. You'll know it's a PLASTIC STANDARD CHIPS color if it...

Products Include:

Pantone Plus Plastic Standard Chips Collection (PSC-PS1755), Pantone Plastic Standard Chips (PQ)

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