Digital colors and real-world paint colors don’t play well together. There are lots of reasons for that. Mostly, though, the computer industry just has a different set of color coding standards (think CMYK or hex codes) than the paint industry (think Pantone). That makes it tough to match the color on your screen with a can of paint at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot.
Thankfully, there’s a way to match digital colors with real-world color if you have Photoshop.
1) If you don’t already have the color in an image file (like a JPG or PNG), take a screenshot of the color you’d like to match (by pressing CTRL+Alt+Print Screen).
2) Launch Photoshop.
3) If you already have the image file saved, open it in Photoshop (by pressing CTRL+O). Alternatively, Create a new image (by pressing CTRL+N) and paste your screenshot onto the blank canvas.
4) Select the color picker from your tools palette:
5) Using the color picker, click on the color that’s on your canvas that you’d like to match.
6) Double-click the color that you just picked (it will be set as your “foreground color”):
7) In the dialog box that appears, click “color libraries”:
8) Select “Pantone Solid Coated” from the drop-down menu. Now, your pantone color will be highlighted in a black box. Write down the number that appears, and you should be able to take it to any paint shop (or Lowe’s) and have them match the color you selected:
After you’ve got your Pantone code, you can visit Pantone.com’s color search page to type in your new code and make sure it matches the color you picked out:
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