hey. so i am setting up a brochure and a poster. the brochure is two-color on coated paper and the poster is digital on matte/uncoated. They need to match. So for the brochure I am indicating Pantone coated colors.
The question(s): Can I specify the same colors for the digital poster and have them come out looking the same? Or do I need to eyeball a different/equivalent pantone color out of the uncoated book? Or am I completely overthinking it? Or is this all up to the printer, and all I have to say is "make em match"?
If you have the ability to print the uncoated piece first and then base the colors forvthe coated off of that it might be best. Uncoated papers will dull the color ( that's why there are separate PMS books for each).
so basically you're saying that color matching is the printer's job, not the designer's? they can tweak that stuff once they get the file.
yes, to a degree.
i didn't even notice the part about one being coated, and one being uncoated.
but yeah, you can give them an exact cmyk match, and like dusty said, it's going to dull out on uncoated stock. even on the same stock, i have problems with color-matching cmyk vs. pantone. (and that's using the help of pantone's own color bridge)...
if you have time, print one first, then have the printer match the second one. they can often do the fine-tweaking on press, if it's close to begin with.