Photoshop loses Pantone color collection. You will have to pay for them

Photoshop loses some of its color collection. You'll have to pay to reuse fancy Pantone colors in Photoshop.

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Chances are you don't give much thought to where the digital colors you use in Photoshop come from. Nor did you probably wonder who might “own” the license to a certain color when you chose it to create something in Photoshop.

However, many users are going to see their collection of PSD files filled with unwanted black due to a license change between Adobe and Pantone.

From now on, widely used Adobe applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign will no longer support Pantone colors for free, and those who wish to have these colors back in their saved files will have to pay for a separate license .

Pantone was founded in the 1950s in New Jersey, USA. He first improved printing inks and then invented the Pantone color matching system, used worldwide by designers to ensure that the color of a creation will be exactly as desired, no matter where or how it is made.

So of course, making it the industry standard for color matching, the company claims ownership of all 2.161 shades, defending its its intellectual property and preventing its use without permission. This extends to preventing others from creating Pantone-compliant color systems. Or, to put it another way, they claim that the shades belong to them.

Η last year's announcement that that Adobe would remove Pantone's "color books" from its software caused consternation in the design world. Overriding one industry standard over another would obviously cause problems, but at the time Adobe said it would be "working on an alternative," and there were rumors that the two companies had fallen out.

The removal of Pantone colors from Adobe software was supposed to happen on March 31, 2022, but that date has come and gone. Then it was announced to take place on August 16th and then on August 31st. However, this month, users around the world are noticing the effects, and report problems with creations using Pantone colors.

What is the solution? It's an addition to an Adobe plug-in to "provide updated libraries to Adobe Creative Cloud users," which, of course, costs $15 a month.

However, there are other solutions for this particular issue. You can free yourself from the misery of closed software and the logic of copyright, with free software such as Gimp and with light color combinations, such as Open Color.

Of course, there are always difficulties when we move away from industry standards, but then, if we all did it together, those problems would disappear very quickly.

If you need or want to stick with Adobe projects, then another tip that suggests Print Week is to back up your Pantone libraries and then re-import them in any Adobe software update that will remove them. If it's already too late find a friend who has already done it.

There's a good chance this trick will work since Pantone colors are saved as .ACB files, just like the rest of Photoshop colors.

Or you could just copy the metadata values of the Pantone company.

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Written by Dimitris

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