This tutorial will show you how to load any Pantone swatches in your Adobe Illustrator workspace including paper (Coated, Uncoated, etc) and cotton (TCX / TPX) books. This is a great way to mock up fabric for your clothing line in Illustrator.
Q: Where do I find the Pantone colors in Illustrator?
A: It depends on what Pantone book you use.
If you need to work with any of the paper / printed color books – you can find all of those colors in under 30 seconds, and I’ll show you how.
But if you need to work with the Pantone Fashion + Home Cotton books – any of the TPX / TCX colors – it takes a little bit of time to get that set up. But don’t worry, I’ll show you how to do that too.
This method works with any of the following paper books: CMYK Coated / Uncoated, Color Bridge Coated / Uncoated, Metallic Coated, Pastels & Neons Coated / Uncoated, Premium Metallics Coated, Solid Coated / Uncoated
So, that was pretty easy – right? You now have all swatches from that book available to use directly in your designs.
Unfortunately these libraries are not included in Illustrator. And if you work in fashion, then these are the books you need.
There used to be workarounds, but they no longer work.
To get the Pantone TCX / TPX colors into Illustrator, you’ll need to subscribe to Pantone Connect. (Because yep, like everyone else, Pantone decided they wanted to do the subscription model too.)