Bearing in mind that Adobe limits you to 32 (or is it 36) spot swatches per document in InDesign or Illustrator.
You can put them all in there, but depending on how you are printing this thing, you may need to use the ink manager to convert to process.
Doing them either way won't be accurate and won't match whatever your printer is printing on. Especially if you are printing out 100 blues and choosing only 6, or if you are doing the 100 digitally and printing the 6 as spot.
Hank, that sounds like a nifty little script. I have a use for that. Thanks.
Thanks everyone, for the feedback. I am trying to color match an already printed sample. We did not initially produce the sample & it has become a nightmare for all involved.
Our Printer is actually a photo processor called a LightJet, that basically develops media in a similar process as that of a photo lab. Our company produces backlit prints (sign faces) for interior signage.
The process I have been advised to try on our color matching issue, is to print out a whole section of the pantone colors & then try to match the provided sample the best I can. I was looking for a simple method. So far, I was able to enlarge the Pantone Swatch tab & screenshot it. We will see if this works Thanks again!
Still the screenshot is not the way to go. Not at all.
What this OP is trying to do is called charting.
Most people that chart have a spot color chart already made up. Pantone used to offer them on their website but not any more. You may be able to get one from your rip company, but maybe doubtful.
You could use the script Eugene posted. There is a way.
You can print such a thing digitally but ...I gotta ask...what happened to the tech who ran the machine before?
Apologies, I should have clarified that we Print in RGB. Thus, we try our best to make what we see on the screen print the same.
However, with this particular issue, what shows on the screen, prints the same & does NOT MATCH what the client sent us. We have no idea what kind of profiles their other vendor used on when printing the file & we are in no position to go to their other vendor to ask what exactly they did.
Did their other printer print on a Lightjet (or Lambda)?
Or is it a digital inkjet on photopaper. Hard to tell these days between a matte RGB print and a CMYK on semigloss paper unless you look at it with a loupe.
A CMYK conversion can really mess your colors up.
I take it the original printer didn't match PMS colors. Just printed it on profile...?
You actually don't even need to print the pantone chart. You can just do a run of swatches using CMYK values (yes, even though printing to RGB). There are plugins for that. Or use your eyes (and your calibrated monitor) and make your own ring-around. If you are color correcting, you should be able to pick two Pantones on your screen and do a variety of swatches by changing the values manually.
Hope you're charging for a custom color match.
I'm kinda surprised that a company that has a Lightjet (which is relatively old technology and been around a long while) doesn't already have a file set up for charting...
I am not sure what printer they used, but do know it was done digitally on 3M ControlTac. (Thus previously printed in CMYK.) We have previously received other prints from the Lambda to match to & they are by far inferior to the Lighjet. The tag on the back of the vendor stripe said "SuperColor." This could easily be the name of the other vendor for all I know.
These actually need to be digitally printed on 3M ControlTac & will eventually be sent to a second party printer that handles Exterior prints. We do not. That second party printer will be using CMYK. He struggled for a month trying to match this & was unable to do so. Now I am back to square one – trying to get something close. I am aware that there ARE significant differences in CMYK vs. RGB, but have no other options at this time.
When we do color matching of this caliber, we usually use the same suggestion you mentioned. However, this is a little different due to the fact that there are MULTIPLE varying colors of blues. And by what I am finding out, these are more than likely different transparencies of repeated blues.
The girl that I replaced 2 years ago had profiles set up for the LightJet, yet she continued to struggle with the same issues. Plus, we have upgraded programs & computers since I started.