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Hey guys, I've been looking into some t-shirt design competitions (just for practice...and then hopefully to win), but I need some help. For printing purposes, the company requires colors to be in Pantone color swatches. Now, I was wondering how to make that work with Paint.NET. Is there a plugin or a color reference guide that I can be directed to? I've searched for a template that maybe I could just grab the colors from and hope that works, but the templates aren't really organized well and some colors I can't find (I couldn't find a basic primary color red O.o). I'm just not sure how to make this work and I'm looking for some advice. I see that the company uses stuff like Photoshop and Illustrator, but they lack info for Paint.NET (figures :P). I also asked on their forum, but I have not recieved an answer yet. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

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Just so you know, Pantone color lists and numbering is covered by intellectual property rights (according to Wiki): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pms_color

That said, their Goe system (aka GoeGuide) apparently has RGB values for each of the colors (with associated problems: http://www.graphicbrain.com/studies-by-vigc/pantonegoe/). Finding a list is unlikely due to the licencing restrictions mentioned above.

Bear in mind that the RGB values are always going to be an approximation of the CYMK colorspace. There is no one-to-one corellation.

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