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Does Your LCD Have the Color of the Year?

Why Pantone and Calman Certifications Matter

2019/04/18
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Did you know 2021 has official colors?
According to Pantone, the center of the color universe, they are “Ultimate Gray” 17-5104 and “Illuminating” 13-0647.
Every year, the Pantone Color Institute selects a color to “reflect the current cultural climate.” For 2021 they selected two. According to Pantone, this duo represents “a marriage of strength and optimism.”

That’s quoted from the official announcement from the Pantone Color Institute. And, that is why you've noticed these two hues everywhere in fashion and design this year.

It started in 1963, when Pantone shook up the printing industry with their Pantone Matching System, creating a global standard for color reproduction. The tool organizes color standards through a proprietary numbering system and a palette of color chips which have become iconic to the Pantone brand. Pantone’s gamut is made up of more than 10,000 color standards, covering everything to printing, plastics, paints and pants. Makers of movie posters, action figures, wall paint and textiles use the Pantone system to ensure brand colors remain true across score of products. Even lipstick and eye shadow follow Pantone standards.

The selection of two independent colors highlight how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting, conveying the idea that it’s not about one color or one person, it’s about more than one. The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude.”
– Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute
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Pantone’s universal language of color empowers designers, producers, brands, and manufacturers to make color-critical decisions through every stage of the workflow for everything from graphic design to 4K video production.

If it’s essential that your monitor shows the true colors you intend to display, include Pantone Validated and Calman Verified monitors in your workflow. These credentials can only be earned by monitors with proven consistent, color accurate performance.

Pantone Validation

“Pantone Validated” computer monitors, high definition televisions, and projectors have definitively met the Pantone Matching Colors, or PMS requirements for accurate color reproduction. Professionals who consider color fidelity a mission-critical component in displays or output devices seek models evaluated and approved by Pantone, and that earn the Pantone Validated logo.

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Portrait Displays is a global company that provides Calman color calibration software, the Hollywood colorist’s standard. Calman is the display calibration solution chosen by nearly every video calibrator, and by most professionals in broadcast, production, and post-production. It is also the most popular solution for home theatre professional installers and enthusiasts.
The “Verified by Calman” program ensures each display is accurate out of the box and true to multiple industry-standard color gamuts. As Pantone is the reigning standard for surface color control, Calman sits on the Iron Throne of digital imaging.
LCD monitors seeking Calman verification are rigorously tested in the color lab at Portrait Displays. Only those displays that meet the program’s specifications for color accuracy can wear the Verified by Calman mark. Earning it is a big deal. So is earning it before any other manufacturer.
In January 2019, BenQ became the first display manufacturer in the world to earn Verified by Calman status. That means BenQ displays met the Portrait Displays lab testing for true, accurate colors and color gamut measurements.
The Verified by Calman certification ensures each BenQ display is accurate out-of-the-box and true to multiple industry-standard color gamuts.

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