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’.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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