Heads-up, CS6 Pantone Colors are Different
The NEW CS6 Pantone Library CMYK Builds are Different Resulting in Different Colors:
In CS6, the default Pantone Plus (Solid) color libraries are now based on Lab values instead of CMYK. Therefore, the CMYK builds in CS6 are different from previous versions. Printers are getting different color output from CS6 than they did in CS5.
When converting colors to CMYK, take note of the build you are expecting (i.e. check if it is the same CMYK build as in previous CS versions and that it is the same build across all applications). Otherwise, the blue that you have been using for your logo, for example, will now be a different blue and will not match your previous work (see the color bar above illustrating the relative differences).
Adobe's solution/workaround to fix this: If it is necessary for you to have identical spot colors in CS6 compared with older CS versions, you can replace the Pantone Plus Series with the older Pantone color books. It is also necessary to change the setting of the Spot Color dialog of the CS6 document to use CMYK values from the manufacturer's process books. These two steps make the Pantone spot color uniform across different versions of CS (see Tips from the Trenches) and need to be taken in Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop, or you will experience different colors within your project. The key is to be consistent across all platforms.
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Tips from the Trenches:
To replace the Pantone Plus Series with the older Pantone color books, as discussed above, please follow these step by step instructions found at http://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/kb/pantone-plus.html.
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