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BMW Roundel What color blue is it?


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Process blue is the standard industry color (ink) used in the 4-color process for printing--any reference to RGB, Web, HSL, CSS, Hex, Testors, UCLA, etc. is a derivative from this standard process color. It is a difficult comparison because color formulas are so varied: printing, web use, auto paint, etc. There is no formula for process blue in the Pantone matching system--process blue is simply process blue.

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Pantone Process Blue is different than process Cyan which is used for 4 color process printing. Pantone is a copyright standardized proprietary formulary system for mixing inks used within the printing industry. There was a Bavarian flag colour before this. While some corporations may have a reference to a Pantone colour, some companies specify the L.a.b colour space indicies as well as a possible conversion from Solid to Process colour. Others may have reference to different RGB breakdowns, but realize that even within the same digital software systems, colours are broken down differently to output for varying uses. I.e. Adobe software can output a colour differently in the Creative Suites package than it does in individual components like Pagemaker or Photoshop. Not to mention other software systems like Quark even between different software versions of the same program. Then lets introduce different Rip agents and .eps files. Now we adjust for printing curves. Pick a blue any blue even if its yellow or red

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"Pantone Process Blue is different than process Cyan which is used for 4 color process printing."

 

You are correct. But meaningful only if the powercoater has access to a chip to use to try and formulate a custom color. Worst case, they will try to match it to the closest blue within their existing available standard colors. 

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I love my powder coater, but he won't listen to anything but an RAL color number. RAL or go home!

Steve

This is true with most places - even ours.  We get a mindboggling number of requests for special paint colors on our equipment.  Some people snip a piece of their building sheetmetal for us to match.  We'd prefer sticking with an RAL number.  I have a 3 ring binder with paint chips (samples) that we have to maintain there are so many specials for our customers. 

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