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We need to purchase a Pantone chart to help us with our digital printing (we have an Anajet) and with customer transfers (we order them in). Our transfer company uses PMS colors and we want customers to be able to select a color from the chart. Basically using the chart as a reference.

Apparently there are a lot of different kinds of charts?! Which one is best for what we're doing?

Thanks!
 

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The best thing you can do is not have a paper-based PMS Color Chart, but to have garments printed with the color swatches that your printer or transfers can do. Most dtg printers and plastisol transfers companies will not print all the PMS colors, so you probably don't want to show a complete pantone color chart to a customer. I know of dtg printers that will print out a color chart (with their contact information at the top) and give it to customers that are continuously buying from them. Most of them will create their own color chart and provide the color palette / swatches so that the customer can't just take the same color chart to another printer. If you decide that you want to buy a PMS color chart, don't buy the glossy or coated ones - you will not get the same look from a t-shirt.

There are some posts on this forum from David at Conde where he puts a link to an article that he published in the past that tells you how to create your own color chart. If you don't want to create your own color chart & palette / swatches, you are more than welcome to use the RGB Color Chart that I have posted here - CMYK & RGB Color Charts - MultiRIP Sublimation, Transfers, Photograph and Direct-to-Garment Printing RIP Softwares.

Hope this helps. Best wishes,

Mark
 
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