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As a user of Pantone what benefit do we get from Pantone and Clariant’s partnership?
Envision a color system that would give designers precise color on a digital and international stage without compromise. Through the partnership with Clariant, a leader in dyestuff production, we have developed the PANTONE SMART Color System that consistently delivers perfect, technically sound hues, faster and easier than ever before.
As a client you can benefit from the technical support that Clariant offers every end-user such as color matching for other substrates in addition to manufacturing tech support.

What is the difference between TC and TCX?
The TC and TCX are the suffix’s that are used to delineate the differences of the PANTONE fashion + home cotton systems. The TC suffix = Textile Cotton and the TCX = Textile Cotton New Version.
The reason for the change in the suffix is because the manufacturing methods and dyestuff ingredients were completely updated when formulating the new TCX version.

Is there a shade variation between a number from the TC system when compared to the same number of the TCX
system?
In most cases, the new SMART colors will be very close to the previous TC swatches in Daylight 65 (D65) lighting.  However, it is important to remember that the SMART color system is a new product and not simply a change to how the swatches are presented. 

If so, why is there a shade variation? Is it more prominent in the lighter or darker Shades? With the introduction of the SMART color swatch cards, Pantone reformulated each color for matching under D65 lighting to ensure reproducibility and maximize durability, batch consistency, and color constancy.  Though it is impossible for two colors to match exactly, we have made every effort to maintain the integrity of the original color when developing the new SMART color swatch.  Prior to finalizing your palette, we strongly recommend that you purchase a new SMART color swatch card and review it in your primary light source (D65, CWF, Horizon, A, TL84, UL3000, etc.).  For more information on the SMART color system, visit www.pantone.com/smartcolor.

Why are the new swatches in a loose format and not backed to the paper as before? In today’s world, inspiration is everywhere. The hardest part is turning that idea into reality. As color is one of the most important elements in product development today, making sure it’s right is critical to the success of any product lines.

Through our research we found that many companies today were using new methods for color management in both hardware and software applications and one of their requirements for the most accurate digital measurement of a color was to remove any physical interference like the old backing card. By removing this element our clients can now count on the most accurate evaluation for any color time after time

Many buyers are still specifying TC numbers, what should we do now, since the Old Selector and TC cards are no longer available in the market?
As stated earlier though it is impossible for two colors to match exactly, we have made every effort to maintain the integrity of the original color when developing the new TCX SMART color swatch.  If you are still using a TC version of the cotton selector or swatch files prior to finalizing your palette, we strongly recommend that you purchase a new TCX SMART color swatch card and review it in your primary light source (D65, CWF, Horizon, A, TL84, UL3000, etc.). "

If a Buyer specifies a TC number, is it advisable to use the TCX system to match the color since TC products are no longer available?
NO. If the buyer specifies a TC number and you do not have that reference available you should request that the buyer submit an original TC swatch of the color for you to match. You should never use a TCX reference as the standard unless they have been reviewed under the same exact conditions side by side.

In addition if a customer specifies a TC number, can I use the paper system – TPX to match the color?
It is never advisable to mix the substrates. No matter what you use whether paper or cotton you should always be consistent on both the design and manufacturing side. If you use paper than use it only and the same for cotton.

What is the actual difference between the old selector and new planner?
The formats of these two books are exactly the same but the actual cotton chips are now made using the new formulated SMART System.

How often does Pantone update its color library? When can we expect the next addition of colors?
Since we are not like a traditional color forecast company we do not change our colors on a seasonal basis. We usually add colors every few years. With the most recent changes we have made we do not anticipate making any additions for the next three years.

If new colors are added, does this change the numbering system of the old colors?
No. Since the numbers in the Pantone Systems never change.

What is the research carried out in the selection of colors for the View Color Planner?
The PANTONE View Colour Planner utilizes a group of color experts from various industries within fashion, industrial design, home and graphics who provide the color content of the forecast on a bi-annual basis.

How often should a customer change their TPX or TCX books and why?
It is recommended that a paper book be updated once every 2-3 years and cotton within 3 years. This can vary due to environmental conditions and how the books are cared for.

Do I need to purchase a Pantone product to register on this website and access the information?
If you require spectral data for any of the TCX Colors you will have to register and pay an additional fee for this. For other types of information on the matchpantonecolors.com website you will only have to register.


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