Painters, graphic artists and Web designers around the world use color charts to create their artwork in a way such that it can be precisely and consistently printed or displayed on the Internet. Different parts of the world feature different commonly used color charts, but most of these charts feature equivalent or similar colors. Though it can be difficult to match between color systems by sight, there are numeric conversion charts available for you to match colors between systems such as Europe’s RAL color chart and North America’s Pantone system.
Visit a RAL to Pantone conversion chart (see Resources section).
Find the RAL color number you want to convert in the RAL column of the chart.
Note the corresponding Pantone number in the Pantone column to the right. This is the color you need to use from the Pantone library to match your initial RAL color.
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