Is there a quick method to matching a Pantone Color to vinyl using Flexi Software?
Yes. By utilizing the Color Spec dialogue in Flexi 7, it is very easy to match Pantone and Vinyl Colors. For example: Let's say that you need to match Pantone PMS 200 (a dark red). First, open the Color Spec dialogue by clicking on the "VIEW" menu and selecting "COLOR">"COLOR SPECS". Click on the "LIBRARY" tab. Click the "VENDOR" drop down menu and select "PANTONE." The screen will list all of the Pantone Colors. Scroll through the list and select "PANTONE 200." Now click the "ADD" button. This will add that color to your SWATCH TABLE.
A Pantone color is indicated with a white circle and black dot at the top right corner of the swatch. Close the COLOR SPEC dialogue. Now, draw a rectangle and fill it with Pantone 200. Open up the COLOR SPECS dialogue and click on the "FIND" tab. In the top right corner of the menu, select the drop down menu labeled "Tolerance" and select "Normal (Delta E>40)." The window below this menu displays the vinyl makers in the Flexi 7 library. Uncheck "Swatch Table" and place a check mark in the vinyl maker you want to use. In this example we will select "AVERY" (you can select more than one vendor). Now, click the search button. Flexi will now search its library and give you the results. The vinyl color at the top of the list will be the one closest to Pantone 200... in this case "Bright Red Pearleset Part # A5828-S." The other colors listed will also be a close match. By changing the TOLERANCE to "BEST (Delta E>10)" the list will be shorter.
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