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PANTONE launch new ‘Bates Motel Blue’

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In celebration of Bates Motel, the contemporary prequel to the iconic film ‘Psycho’, PANTONE have team up with A&E networks to add a unique neon metallic shade of blue to their extensive range of colours.

The colour, named ‘Bates Motel Blue’, is a reference to the iconic Norman Bates, the main protagonist in Psycho whose favourite colour is the exhilarating shade of blue that was used to paint the iconic Bates Motel sign. Fans of the series will appreciate the symbolic nature of the colour, which is supposed to represent ‘truth’, whilst the show’s main themes are based upon mystery, lies and deceit.

The collaboration between PANTONE and A&E networks was a result of a desire to create a distinctive shade in a unique medium, in honour of this world renown pop culture icon. Considered the world’s most universally loved colour, the shade of blue used is meant to represent constancy and credibility, with users able to engage this colour with a character that holds a firm place in pop culture.

The Bates Motel Blue isn’t the first colour in the range with such a unique name, since PANTONE introduced the ‘Minion Yellow’ over two years ago, and have an eclectic range of colours with names such as ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy Brown’ ‘Razzle Dazzle Rose’ and ‘Macaroni and Cheese’.


Pantone Capsure

This Spring, treat yourself, your office and your clients to a Pantone Capsure device, to accurately measure colours wherever you are and refer them to the closest Pantone match. This post will explain all the features of the Pantone Capsure and explain how this device can benefit and aid you on your colour management journey.


The Pantone Capsure allows you to confidently and accurately capture colour from any surface and match it to the closest official Pantone colour. The Capsure is loaded with over 8,000 colours from 8 different colour guides and the colours you capture can be directly matched to any of these guides for prime accuracy. The Capsure is ideal for all creative industries; allowing creatives to use the Capsure portably to match any surface to a Pantone colour, create colour palettes or descriptive mood boards for any project.

The screen on the Capsure is 1.75 inches and has a variety of settings, along with providing the page number, sRGB, Adobe RGB, Lab, CMYK and HTML values to the corresponding Pantone guide. The Capsure uses camera technology to pick up not only spot colours, but also can extract multiple spot colours from patterns and textures.


The Pantone Capsure comes with Color Manager software. This allows you to import your colours to the software and create colour ways and palettes. Palettes can be fully integrated and exported quickly and efficiently to Photoshop, Illustrator etc. The standard Capsure is updated via USB, giving you the ability to update your libraries, and is also available with Bluetooth.

Using the Pantone Capsure with any of the Pantone Guides will give you the best opportunity to capture any colour and instantly reference it to your guides, giving you accurate colour management and specification on any project you are working on for Fashion, Home and Interiors or Graphics.


Don’t forget, with the brand new set of Pantone Plus graphics colour guides, there is a guide for each member of the creative industry. Take a look at your Pantone Buyers Guide from our last Pantone newsletter, which explains guide by guide which is the most appropriate for you! There is a guide for each member of the creative industry, allowing for any project or design to be executed from start to finish with an accurate and effective workflow.

Order your Pantone Capsure direct from us today. Click here to see the Pantone Capsure and click here for the Pantone Capsure with Bluetooth.

Click here to be taken to the Pantone guides and see where your creativity can take you!



The Color Confidence team