Color, Color Everywhere!
Whether you are new to pathtags, or you have been collecting them for years, you will at some point have to think about color. Pathtags can have up to 10 colors on the front of your tag, and in the case of a custom mini, another 10 colors on the back. Some people submit their designs and let the blueprinters choose their colors, and others look at the PMS color charts for hours trying to pick just the right hue to get the look they want. Here is a quick link to a popular PMS color chart that a lot of people use:
I have also created some color matches based on the book
Pantone: Colors by Pantone.
However you choose your colors, it is important to remember that the color you see on your screen won't always match the color on your tags. Since not every screen is calibrated to be exactly the same, sometimes colors may look lighter or darker than what it actually is. What you can be sure of though, is that if you use, for example, PMS 361 on one tag and you want a second tag to match so you use PMS 361 again, they will be the same. As a pathtag designer, I use a Pantone color guide that I have in hand with samples of the actual colors.
Another thing to think about is the metal color that you will use for your tag and how it will affect your colors. Black metal will make your tag colors look dark. Using a shade lighter for black metal tags will make your tag look bright and your design easier to see. Also, and I cannot stress this enough, DO NOT USE PMS 106, 107, 108, 109 on a BLACK metal tag. These colors seem to be very thin and will show the black metal through them. I have seen yellow tags come back looking green and there is nothing to be done because the correct PMS color was used.
While this is by no means an exhaustive list of all of the colors available, it certainly gives you an idea of what different colors look like.