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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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.