Toll Free (NA): +1.800.649.1387

Six Simple Steps to Convert LAB to Pantone

Posted by Elaina Principato in Cool Stuff | 0 comments

The world is full of color – and color systems! When it comes to measuring color from objects around you, the Nix Pro Color Sensor has your back. The Nix Pro provides accurate RGB, CMYK, HEX & LAB values of any scanned surface or object. However, if you are looking to see Pantone, we have a simple step-by-step solution for that too!

No Pantone? No Problem! Using Adobe Photoshop to convert LAB to Pantone

Step 1: Use the LAB values from saved Nix Scan

After scanning your desired surface with the Nix Pro Color Sensor, the application will display a digitized color preview as well as the RGB, CMYK, HEX & LAB values. In order to convert to Pantone, we will be looking at the last set of values, entitled ‘CIELAB’.

Converting LAB to Pantone: Step 1

Step 1: Locate scanned LAB values


Step 2: Open the Color Picker in Photoshop

Launch photoshop and click ‘Foreground Color’ in the left Toolbox. This is the top square located at the bottom of the Toolbox. A separate window ‘Color Picker (Foreground Color) will open.

Converting LAB to Pantone: Step 2

Step 2: Open Color Picker Tool


Step 3: Input LAB color values

Looking at the LAB values displayed on our Nix application, enter the LAB values into the corresponding inputs of the Color Picker window.

Converting LAB to Pantone: Step 3

Step 3: Input LAB values into Color Picker


Step 4: Select “Color Libraries”

After the LAB values have been entered, you will see the same color in the preview, as the one on our application. Then, select “Color Libraries”.

Converting LAB to Pantone: Step 4

Step 4: Select Color Libraries


Step 5: Select the Pantone library of your choice

A ‘Color Libraries’ window will open and in the top left corner you will see a drop down menu called “Book”. Select the Pantone Library of your choice from the drop down menu.

Converting LAB to Pantone: Step 5

Step 5: Select Pantone Library


Step 6: Closest match will be highlighted on the left-hand side display

Just below the “Book” menu, the closest match to the original color will be highlighted in a blue outline.

Converting LAB to Pantone: Step 6

Step 6: Record your Pantone number


And that is it! It’s just six easy steps using the Nix Pro to get the Pantone value you need. If you have any questions, give us a call at +1 800-649-1387 or chat with us using the chat function in the bottom-left hand side of the page.


Tags: , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>