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HP Color LaserJet Printers - Matching PANTONE (R)* Colors and Printing with CMYK

Introduction
PANTONE (R)* colors offer a color-matching system that makes producing colors on printed pages easy and fast. This document contains information about the following color processes:
  • Printing with CMYK
  • Matching PANTONE colors
Printing with CMYK
Cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK) are the ink colors used with printing presses. This use of colors is often called four-color printing. CMYK data files are typically used by and originate from graphic arts (printing and publishing) environments. HP LaserJet printers are optimized for printing red-green-blue (RGB) colors for printing that can better match a computer monitor, but they also accept CMYK colors using the Adobe (R) PostScript (R) printer driver. By default, the printer interprets CMYK data according to the Standard Web Offset Press (SWOP) standard. This standard defines how a particular set of CMYK ink colors should behave. The printer performs a SWOP color map and internal half tones to emulate a SWOP CMYK press. Emulation for Dainippon Press (DIC) and Euro-standard CMYK inks used in the Far East and Europe are also available and can be selected from the printer driver.
Matching PANTONE colors
The PANTONE Matching System colors are specified as CMYK as supported in many graphics applications. This color-matching system is useful for matching printer output to a specific color (for example, a logo). For instructions about using PANTONE colors, refer to the documentation for your software application.
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Color settings, halftone settings, and print media affect the appearance of PANTONE colors. To optimize PANTONE-certified colors, use the default PostScript 3 emulation driver settings and HP LaserJet paper.
Vector graphics, such as company logos, that are created using palettes or applications preserving the PANTONE name in one of the applications that is listed above can be imported into Microsoft Word, PowerPoint (R), or other Microsoft Office applications. To do this, the color application must create an Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) file of the image for insertion as a file into the Office document by using the insert file function.
Cutting and pasting from the clipboard does not work. These tasks do not preserve the PANTONE name or the CMYK palette value.
Some of the PANTONE colors do not match exactly. There are more than 945 PANTONE colors in the PANTONE Matching System. Using 16 inks on a lithographic printing press created these colors. Not all of these colors are reproducible by a laser color printer because they are out of the color range (gamut) of a four-color laser printer. PANTONE calibrates HP printers to provide the closest match for all the colors that can be reproduced and the colors closest to those that cannot be reproduced.

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