Written by Nick Heer.

Most Pantone Libraries Are Being Removed from Adobe Creative Cloud Apps

Adobe last month:

Standardized pre-loaded Color libraries, also known as Pantone Color books, will be phased out of Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop in software updates released after August 16, 2022.

After November 2022, the only Pantone Color books that will remain are:

  • Pantone + CYMK Coated

  • Pantone + CYMK Uncoated

  • Pantone + Metallic Coated

This change was supposed to happen in March, but I only saw the notice when I opened Illustrator today. Existing files will apparently be unaffected unless spot channels are used. Designers who rely on Pantone will be required to purchase a separate license at $60 per year. No word on whether Adobe will drop its subscriptions by an equivalent amount to compensate.

A classy move, completely in character for both companies, to reach into users’ machines and remove stuff they had paid for and may rely on because of some licensing spat.