The “.ink” file format is associated with Pantone, a well-known company in field of color matching and printing. A Pantone Reference File in the “.ink” format typically contains information about Pantone ink colors; these files are used in printing industry to ensure accurate color reproduction and consistency.
Pantone is known for its Pantone Matching System (PMS), which is standardized color reproduction system widely used in various industries including graphic design, printing and manufacturing; the PMS provides set of ink colors, each identified by specific code such as “PMS 185” for specific shade of red.
What INK file contains?
The “.ink” file format may store data related to Pantone ink colors such as:
Color codes: Pantone ink colors are identified by unique codes and these codes are typically included in file.
Color values: The file may contain color values such as RGB (Red, Green, Blue), CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Key/Black) and Lab (CIELAB) values to specify how color should be reproduced in different color spaces.
Color swatches: Pantone ink colors often have corresponding swatches that designers and printers can use for reference.
Color information: Additional information about ink color such as its name, description and application notes, may be included in “.ink” file.
How to open INK file?
Programs that open INK files include
CorelDRAW (Free Trial) for Windows
CorelDRAW is a vector graphics software that supports Pantone colors and provides tools for working with them.