Adobe and Pantone's Color Apocalypse

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Adobe and Pantone's Color Apocalypse

What happens when two companies don’t get along? Their customers lose. Adobe has let their license for Pantone colors lapse, with the hues disappearing from their apps. Pantone wants you to pay them for digital color libraries with, what else, a subscription scheme. What does this mean for digital content creators and the design industry? I’ve created an FAQ to answer many questions, clear misconceptions, and give an idea of a path forward.

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Published November X, 2022

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00:00:00 - Intro
00:01:19 - Who am I, and Why Should You Care?
00:02:18 - What is Pantone?
00:04:39 - Can You Copyright a Color?
00:06:19 - Does UPS Own Brown?
00:07:44 - What Happened Between Pantone and Adobe?
00:08:32 - Why Do Apps Have Pantone Libraries?
00:09:53 - Can I Use Pantone Colors Without Libraries?
00:10:26 - What's In Adobe's Spot Libraries?
00:11:17 - Can I Still Use Pantone Colors in Adobe Products?
00:12:33 - Can I Make My Own Pantone Libraries?
00:13:42 - Why Do People Specify Pantone Colors?
00:14:41 - How Are Pantone Inks Made?
00:15:42 - Pantone Colors and Hex Values
00:19:06 - Determining Hex Values for Pantone Colors
00:20:50 - Why Now? Wouldn't This Annoy Customers?
00:21:27 - What Happens to Pantone Colors in my Files
00:22:23 - Where's Pantone's Competitors?
00:24:35 - Any Alternatives to Adobe?
00:24:55 - Why Is Photoshop Turning Colors Black?
00:25:45 - Will Pantone or Adobe Lose Marketshare?
00:27:19 - Outro and Credits

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  • Daisyee

    the intro is way to long but good episode still skip till 5:30


    Is that a prop 😂

    6 months ago·7 likes·
  • Kimberly

    Very thought out! Can't wait to try it out.


    Love the podcast, good episode and clear audio! Keep these comming

    6 months ago·6 likes·
  • Lisaa

    So inspiring and motivational ! Great podcast ⭐️

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    The part where he mentions that he wants to be adopted by a more functional family even at 45 yrs really hits home. Really delineates how no matter how old and independent you are, you still need love and support.

    6 months ago·3 likes·

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