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    i'm thinking to start working on a t-shirt contest, but i'm not sure yet. The client wants a Gold Versace Baroque Design Style shirt (See example attached).

    I don't have the pantone book and i'm looking on line for suggestions on which is the bets Gold Metallic Pantone Colour for printing. So far i found 2 Gold Pantone Colours (see files attached), but the 4485c i can't find it in the Pantone books the other it looks bad (i don't know if ti depends from my screen calibration or the pantone colour 871 C that appear too dark and dull).

    If anybody has experience on doing print work with this type of colour it would be great to get a suggestion and tell me a specific pantone code for Gold Metallic Pantone colour. I looked in illustrator in Colour Books, Pantone + Metallic Coated but i didn't find anything that look good on the screen.
    Another concern is if the printer doesn't have the gold i choose i guess i'll have to ask them to pick the closest colour in the gold metallic pantone..
    I never done a job with this type of pantone and i read form other users in different forums/posts that they had horrendous results because they used the CMYK gold. I know isn't possible to use it as the type of colour is a combination of gold yellow-orange so a particular colour that can be achieved only if is used the metallic pantone colour.
    Obviously i'm not going to use shadows/gradients, just the pantone colour as i don't want to risk an horrendous result when printing.
    Ultimately i'd like to know how can i get the same or similar result of the shirt image i attached above. Is enough to use a metallic gold colour or i need to use other effects or colour combination to achieve that result in illustrator? Please keep your answer as simple as possible as i'm not an expert of printing
    Thanks for your support!
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      If you are doing silkscreen on a T-shirt you have to specify they use a gold metallic ink. It actually has mica flecks in it that make it sparkly. As for specifying which gold you want you really have to talk to your silk screen provider. Some of them can match the 800s and the 10K Pantone series metallic numbers and some of them can't.

      Or you can do a pretend gold look using gradients and filters, which may be more in line what they are looking for. Beware of anything CMYK in a t-shirt print. If the contest rules specify a certain number of spot colors, that means they are not doing CMYK seps, they are doing spot seps.

      If you are using digital print, if you spec an 800 or 10K Pantone Metallic, it will look like C.R.A.P. on paper or on fabric.
      As for specifying what yellow-gold pantone color looks good, it all depends on what type of gold you are trying to emulate. Since goggle-images is showing me a whole spectrum of ''Versace Baroque Gold'' from yucky beige harvest gold to bright shiny metallic gold, I would have no idea what Pantone colors you should try.

      As for this contest. How much billable time are you wasting?

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