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PMS Color Match and Hard Copy Proof


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Our printers use CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow & Black combinations) inks and will not always translate PMS (Pantone Matching System®) colors accurately or perfectly.  
This service is strongly recommended for color-critical projects with referenced PMS colors. 
We do not print actual Pantone colors but for this service, we try our best to match as closely as possible with CMYK. 

A hard copy proof can be very helpful in deciding which material/saturation level to choose before placing your order or to simply see a preview before printing your graphic(s).

Template / Instructions

Quantity 1 of this selection adds a color match for (1) Pantone number for (1) type of material (e.g. PMS 485 on Stretch Fabric). You may choose more if you’d like, but please note that the charge will be per color and material.

If this service is added to your order, a member of our Graphics Department will match your specific PMS color(s) as closely as possible with CMYK after you have approved your digital proofs.


Important Information and Helpful Tips:

  1. Please supply an EDITABLE/LAYERED file. Acceptable file formats are: PDF, Adobe Illustrator, or Adobe Photoshop.
  2. Please be advised that the color-matching process will add 1-2 business days to your turnaround time.
  3. Please only select Pantone colors from the Color Bridge Coated or Color Bridge Uncoated books. 
  4. To see the CMYK conversion of your PMS color, you can reference the "CP," or Process Coated, swatch in the Pantone Color Bridge Coated color book (e.g. 192 CP). 
  5. We do not match HEX colors, swatch numbers from other books, textures, gradients, pastels, bright neon colors, or metallic colors. 
  6. Color profiles and other production factors vary and change every few months. 
  7. We can color-match all media materials, except for Backlit Fabric and Acrylic Panels

This hard copy proof is a small-scale graphic print or can be of a section of your artwork cropped at actual scale. Hard copy proofs can ship out in 1-2 business days but can vary depending on order details, product, quantity, and current production workload.

Need Assistance?

Please contact us if you would like assistance with your orders. DoTradeshow is more than happy to help assist you with your orders & custom orders over the phone or through email. 1-952-942-1000 or support@dotradeshow.netPlease note that all custom orders and invoices created by use and sent to you will be subject to a custom order charge of $25 or 5%, whichever is greater.

Need help with graphic design? We have in-house graphic designers who can transform your ideas into professional trade show displays. Please ask us about our affordable graphic design service. If you are designing your own graphics, please follow the Graphic Artwork Guidelines.

how to place your order AS EASY AS 1-2-3

  • 1

    Select Your Products

    If you need assistance, or have any questions, chat with our virtual agent or contact us. After checkout, you can move to the next step.

  • 2

    Upload Your Artwork

    After checking out, download the appropriate template and insert your artwork. Upload your template to our file transfer.

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  • 3

    Approve Your Proof

    After your template has been uploaded, a DoTradeShow employee will be in contact with you for final approval of the design.