Color corrected scans of each of these cards coming soon, so stay tuned.
Let me know if that works for you guys. Again, I'm open to suggestions!
So, the above 'reds' chip tiff scan is already color corrected then?
What I did was download that scan and brought it into Photoshop. I then used the color picker in PS to sample Caboose Red. After I sampled it I then chose the 'color libraries' pulldown and selected Pantone and it gave me a Pantone equivalent. I am assuming then, once I have the Pantone color number I would then be able to order a sample chip from Pantone and then use that to match my paint to it? Is that how it would work?
The Pantone color I got for Caboose Red was Solid 201C. Although the Pantone color was about 1 or 2 shades lighter.
That's strange Zenwalker, I did the same steps as you did above (download TIFF, opened in Photoshop, color sampled Caboose Red, chose Pantone Solid Coated in color library) and I got a different result?? Instead of Solid 201C I get Solid 1797C...I kept trying different areas and sample sizes and could not get your result...until...I took a screen shot of the web page and opened that in Photoshop, then I got the Solid 201C off the Caboose Red...Why is that?
Hmmm. Not sure. Are you on a Mac or PC? Check the file info. on the downloaded file and make sure it is in TIFF format maybe.
I got the same result every time.
OK, I see, you should have got 1807 EC, but that is a different Pantone color set called 'color bridge cmyk ec' than what I used. Not sure why your PS calls it 'Pantone solid coated'? I used the 'Pantone solid coated' color set.
For what it's worth I got Pantone 201 C without doing any color correction as well, but I had to up the sample size of the eye-dropper tool to 31x31 pixels before it was consistent.
And the result is a Pantone color that's too different from the original to suit our purposes, IMHO.
I'm still thinking of the best workflow to make it easy to match the original colors. Any thoughts anyone?