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How do you import Pantone PMS colors into Illustrator 2024 Color Books

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Nov 02, 2023 Nov 02, 2023

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So from what I've been reading, apparently Pantone took out their presets in the Color Libraries, specific under the drop down of "Color Books". This has become an annoyance and I've also read that people have been able to go back into previous versions of Illustrator to import/export the PANTONE swatches they want.

 

However, here's what I'm trying to achieve:

 

- I have a CMYK color that I want to change to a PANTONE color. It used to be that if you wanted to do this, you would click the color, then go to Swatch Libraries > Color Books > PANTONE (Solid Coated), and that would then give you the PANTONE color that resembled your CMYK color the closest.

 

- The key appears to be that the PANTONEs HAVE to be dropped into the Color Books, which I've yet to figure out how to do. I have no problem importing the PANTONES in as color swatches, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to import them into the "Color Books" panel so that I can select it.

 

If anyone can help with this, it would be greatly appreciated. Not sure if there's a way to actually import the swatches (aka Save the swatched as a .ASE file)....or if there's another way to convert your CMYK color to the closest matching PANTONE color.

 

Thanks everyone.

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Community Expert , Nov 02, 2023 Nov 02, 2023

Just in case you still need to install the color books:

You can have multiple versions of Illustrator installed.

There is still one version that you can download that has the libraries.

Install an older version of Illustrator: 2023 (27.0), this is the last version that has the old Pantone Color books.

In the Creative Cloud app select Apps > All Apps > Illustrator > click the 3 dots …  next to the Open button >  click Other Versions and select 27.0

Go the Illustrator 2023 Application folder > Pre

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Nov 02, 2023 Nov 02, 2023

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I suppose you found how to install the color books from a previous version.

In Illustrator you can fill a rectangle with the CMYK color you want.

Go to Recolor Artwork and select the colorbook you want the similar spot from and hit enter.

In Photoshop you need to make your CMYK color the foreground color, click the Foreground swatch and choose Color Libraries to get the closest spot color.

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Just in case you still need to install the color books:

You can have multiple versions of Illustrator installed.

There is still one version that you can download that has the libraries.

Install an older version of Illustrator: 2023 (27.0), this is the last version that has the old Pantone Color books.

In the Creative Cloud app select Apps > All Apps > Illustrator > click the 3 dots …  next to the Open button >  click Other Versions and select 27.0

Go the Illustrator 2023 Application folder > Presets > (your language folder) > Swatches > Color Books > and make a copy of PANTONE+ Solid Coated.acb and PANTONE+ Solid Uncoated.acb 

Keep them in a safe place and copy them to the same location in the Illustrator 2024 application folder.

 

If you have a Photoshop license, you can install Photoshop 22.2.

Then, open Photoshop 2021 Application folder > Presets > Color Books and you will find the PANTONE color books, so copy it to Illustrator's Color Books folder.

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Nov 20, 2023 Nov 20, 2023

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Alternatively, if you have Time Machine backups (or similar), navigate back to an earlier version of Illustrator and restore your Pantone .ACB files from there. Going back to May 2022 and Illustrator 2022, I found Pastels and Neons (Coated and Uncoated), Metallics Coated, Premium Metallics Coated, and Color Bridge (Coated and Uncoated) in addition to the Solid guides that I came here to recover. (It looks like they whittled away at the selection of PMS books incrementally in the months that followed with only CMYK books and Metallic remaining by the final itteration of AI 2023.)

Here's the file path, adapted from @Ton Frederiks' helpful post:

Illustrator 20xx Application folder > Presets > (your language folder) > Swatches > Color Books > (PANTONE + .acb files)

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Jan 31, 2024 Jan 31, 2024

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thank you, your tip help me!

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Feb 08, 2024 Feb 08, 2024

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Hi, I am new to illustrator & need some help. I downloaded the 27.0 version to get the Pantone swatches but I am having difficulties with the 2nd part of the instructions on how to get the color swatches saved & uploaded into the newer version of Illustrator. Where do I find the application folder to complete the above? I am using a PC. Thanks so much for your help!

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Feb 08, 2024 Feb 08, 2024

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Here you'll find the locations of settings files: https://www.vektorgarten.de/illustrator-settings.html

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Worked perfectly. Thanks, Ton!

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Mar 08, 2024 Mar 08, 2024

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Good to hear that helped.

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THANK YOU SO MUCH! This was a life saver. : )

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