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.

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Munsell colors can be closely matched to a Pantone color by using a spectrometer.

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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.

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Connect the spectrometer to the computer and open the color matching software. Load the Pantone color library.

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Rest the spectrometer on the Munsell spot color, so that the sensor is directly above the color swatch and have it sample the color.

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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.