How to Convert Munsell to Pantone
The Munsell color system, recognized internationally by a wide variety of standards organizations, identifies colors based upon three dimensions -- hue, value and chroma -- which can be changed independent of each other. Munsell colors uniqueness is that it can be displayed in three-dimensional space, with hue, or the general color, represented as a circular ring surrounding a column of value, or lightness, and then with chroma, or the saturation of the color, representing layers in the ring. Using a spectrometer, you can select Munsell color values and have it identify the closest Pantone color.
Things You'll Need
- Color matching software with Pantone color library
Identify the Munsell color you wish to select. If it is printed, set it away from other colors and ensure nothing is behind it that may show through.
Connect the spectrometer to the computer and open the color matching software. Load the Pantone color library.
Rest the spectrometer on the Munsell spot color, so that the sensor is directly above the color swatch and have it sample the color.
Click the button on the spectrometer to have the color matching software automatically load the closest Pantone color swatch, identify its Pantone number and show a preview of the color swatch on your screen.
Tips & Warnings
- Because Pantone and Munsell colors are determined using different color values, it is nearly impossible to get a perfect color match between the two systems. A spectrometer will use its sophisticated algorithms to most closely match the spot color to a Pantone swatch.
- Calibrating your computer monitor before using the spectrometer will ensure the color shown on your screen is as close to the Munsell spot color as possible.