Adobe Illustrator: Convert CMYK Inks to Pantone
Updated for CC 2015 on May 4, 2016
When life gives you colors defined using CMYK process colors and you need Pantone spot colors, what’s a gal to do? Quickly and easily convert your inks to Pantone using the Recolor artwork dialog box, that’s what! Here’s how:
- Select the object(s) containing the process color(s). In this example, the butterfly is selected and the Swatches panel is displaying the default CMYK swatches.
- Edit > Edit Colors > Recolor Artwork. Click to open the Limits the color group to colors in a swatch library menu. (Note: this screen shot is from Adobe Illustrator CC 2015. The menu will be in same general vicinity in earlier versions that offer the option to recolor the artwork, but is so non-conspicuous that you may have to hunt for it.)
- Choose your Pantone Color book and click on OK.
- The new Pantone swatches generated from the selected artwork are assigned to the artwork, and appear in the Swatches panel.
- Optionally, organize them into a Color Group using the folder icon from the bottom right of the Swatches panel.