Pantone Colors in Adobe products are no longer free

Users will require to pay a $15 monthly subscription to use its colors in apps like Illustrator and Photoshop.

Pantone Colors in Adobe products are no longer free
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A year ago, Adobe declared that it would drop the Pantone color system from its software, including Photoshop. While the two organizations said the change would be minimally intrusive to workflows, it isn’t the case.

Creators who want to continue using the color system are expected to pay a $15 monthly or $90 annual subscription for a Pantone license via the Adobe Pantone Connect plugin.

This modification will also impact projects that have already been created with legacy swatches. For instance, if a user opens a Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign file that uses a removed color, it will be filled with black. The user will receive an error directing them to download a plugin to resolve it.

Pantone Colors in Adobe products are no longer free
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An entry in a dedicated Pantone FAQ mentions, “Pantone and Adobe have decided to remove the outdated libraries and jointly focus on an improved in-app experience that better serves our users.”

“Some of the Pantone Color Books pre-loaded in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign were phased out from future software updates in August 2022. To access the complete set of Pantone Color Books, Pantone requires customers to purchase a premium license through Pantone Connect and install a plugin using Adobe Exchange,” Adobe said in a statement.

There are plenty of workarounds known to restore the lost Pantone color swatches. These include a simple option of copying the metadata values for the required Pantone range or disabling Adobe application updates if the users still have access to Pantone color books.

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