Are you someone who appreciates the subtle difference between two similar shades of red? Do you anxiously await the announcement of Pantone’s color of the year? Are you constantly making mental plans to redo various rooms in your home, despite not actually having the time, money or energy to do it? If so, you’ll probably enjoy a free new app from Pantone that lets you quickly and easily put together color palettes. Here’s what it does and how to download it.
What does the app do?
The idea is that the new Pantone Connect app will streamline the process of going from a “color inspiration” to the actual design. Through the app, users can measure and match physical materials to Pantone colors and then share their inspirational color palettes to social media. If you want to get extra fancy, Pantone also has a new Color Match Card for $14.99, which is about the size of a credit card and works with your phone’s camera to measure and match colored objects, materials and surfaces to a Pantone color.
But there’s still plenty to do on the free version of the app. Here’s a rundown of the features of a free account:
– All Pantone Colors, always up to date
– sRGB and Hex values for all colors
– Measurement with the Pantone Color Match Card
– Color extraction from images
– Palette+image sharing to social media
– Color library search, navigation, sorting, and filtering
– Pantone system cross referencing (X-Ref)
– Trending color palettes from Pantone
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And like many apps, once you’re set up with a free account, there’s a premium version you can pay extra for to unlock a new set of features, including other tools like team palette collaboration.
While the Color Match Card is compatible with both iOS and Android, the free app is currently only available for iOS.