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Before you Begin

The default settings for the Color Cue®2.1 are the solid coated library, the Daylight D50 light source, the Up orientation, AutoSave OFF and Record OFF. These settings can be changed and saved based on your preferences. Refer to the following displays for available options and the instructions on how to change these defaults.

Using the Color Cue®2.1

Holding the instrument by its sides, place the Color Cue®2.1 on the sample you want to measure, ensuring that the sample you are measuring completely fills the sample window.

Press the Measure button with your index finger. (For best results, cover the sample window completely.)

The PANTONE Color closest to the sample measured will appear in the color display.

We recommend that you always refer to your PANTONE Guide to verify whether the identified color meets your expectations.

Color Samples

The Color Cue®2.1 performs best with samples that are uniform in color (the same appearance throughout the sample). If a uniform color sample is not possible, use the largest, area of uniform color and measure several times. In all cases, it is important to keep the aperture port flat against the sample during the measurement.

If the sample is thin, it should be placed on a flat, hard surface. If the sample is not opaque, a backing such as unprinted white paper is recommended.

If the sample is curved, you should attempt to get as much of the sample in contact with the circumference of the measurement aperture. In this case, you should perform multiple measurements at different areas along the surface. When the sample is not flat enough to prevent light from leaking in, your color measurement may be adversely affected. Results may be improved by minimizing the effect of the lighting by simply shadowing the measurement window.

Textured samples that pertude into the measurement window may generate erroneous results.

PANTONE Color Cue®2.1 User Manual

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