Why do PMS colors look different if I view them on a computer monitor or print out?

Why do PMS colors look different if I view them on a computer monitor or print out?

Why do PMS colors look different if I view them on a computer monitor or print out?

We often tell customers that if choosing a PMS color from a chart being viewed on a computer monitor or a printout, there will be a color variation between the monitor or printout and the actual printed sign that they receive.

Computer monitors and printers are not color calibrated the same, therefore every computer and printer may show color in a slightly different way.

However, using an online PMS chart can be a good way to get a general idea of what color you are looking for.  The printed product will vary slightly in shade.  It will be either slightly lighter or darker depending on your monitor and/or printer.

For more information on PMS colors please see our article Guide To PMS Colors.