How to change Pantone Colors to CMYK colors?

Hello there,

Using pantones are fun, however, when you need to change back to CMYK, how will you do it?

Printers will often ask you to change your pantones to CMYK (you quoted the client CMYK printing only), they will not do it for you – they are scared the outcome will be different than your pantone colors and they don’t want to be blamed.

What is a quick way to do it?


pantone color appears in swatches palette

pantone color appears in swatches palette

1) Select the Pantone Color Swatch

2) Drag it into the Trash Bin

3) Ta-da! When you click on your artwork, the Color is changed to CMYK already.

Hope that helps!

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Please also have  a look at Quickly convert CMYK to Pantone in Illustrator