I was thinking of starting a series of posts which would showcase a photograph with good color references. But then i thought its better to talk about color n its reference systems first. I’ll talk about Pantone Matching Sstem as it is more widely used now-a-days than the CMYK and RGB referencing systems. I mean yes they were easier for our printers, but now this is it. We can refer to pantone chips anywhere and they are constant and do not depend on your printer’s configurations or ink quality. That doesn’t remain the headache of the color provider. ok lets talk.
The Pantone Color Matching System is largely a standardized color reproduction system. By standardizing the colors, different manufacturers in different locations can all refer to the Pantone system to make sure colors match without direct contact with one another.
For easy color specification, Pantone has established a practical way to identify color. Each color has a unique location in the System’s color space, which allows the shade to be precisely defined.
A six digit number assigned to each color defines that location, while each set of digits has a specific meaning.
TPX is Textile color on paper, and
TCX is Textile color on cotton. So if ur looking at graphics (and not tee shirt dying) then TPX it is.
PS. The chip color (17-1664 TPX) may not be exact. This is just for understanding. Also, this post is just for educational, non-commercial purpose.
Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantone_Matching_System (Wikipedia); Pantone FASHION+ HOME /COLOR GUIDE flyer for color reference.