RGB & CMYK equivalents for Pantone Neutral Black U

I can’t find the RGB and CMYK values for Pantone Neutral Black U on the Pantone website.

rgb.to says it’s CMYK 0, 0, 0, 100 but I am not sure if that is right.

Anyone know what CMYK Pantone Neutral Black U has?


Keep in mind that any CMYK or RGB values given for Pantone inks are essentially made up. Pantone do spend a lot of time and resources on making their colors and conversions as accurate as possible, but the point is there are no correct values. Even the values that Pantone give change over time. For a start RGB and CMYK values in and of themselves aren’t colors; they can change depending on the color profile and will look different depending on the output. Pantone inks on the other hand are designed to always be the same, it is a color matching system after all.

You’re right that 100K is pretty far off Pantone Neutral Black U though.

We can get a more authoritative conversion by looking at the Pantone color libraries in Illustrator (or Photoshop or whatever). As far as I know, the Pantone libraries only actually contain Lab color values so the conversion from Lab to CMYK or RGB is done by Illustrator itself; but that is a good thing since it will give you values based on your color management settings, rather than blindly giving you set values (try assigning a different color profile and you’ll see it gives you different values).

Anyway, this is what I get based on my current color management settings (which probably aren’t the same as yours):

C:60 M:53 Y:53 K:52

R:76 G:72 :B69

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Don’t blindly rely on someone else’s conversion (even Pantone’s) though, a lot of Pantone inks simply can’t be reproduced faithfully in CMYK or RGB. Do your own testing and use what works best (I can’t do a test print now but I’ve got a suspicion those Neutral Black CMYK values will look a lot muddier when printed).

Source : Link , Question Author : Gordova , Answer Author : Cai

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