Photoshop: How can i work with Pantone Fashion + Home library as a spot channel in Photoshop?

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Hi!
My question is how can i work with Pantone Fashion + Home library as a spot channel in Photoshop? When i print to a color machine i need to have the spot colors for a more accurate color.
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Just define a color you like for the spot channel - they aren't tied to specific printing inks...
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the problem is that i cant find the TCX library when i try to make a spot channel. but the TCX appears when i go in to swatches. So i need to know how to import the Pantone TCX library so it will be avaible in Spot channels.
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Again: you don't need the specific library - because the spot channel colors are arbitrary, you can use whatever color you want and whatever name you want.

You apparently have the TCX swatches file, but don't have the actual color book file. To use the fashion library as a color book library, you need the color book file (.ACB).
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i design in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.
If i create a document in each of the above applications with the same Pantone colors and print, InDesign and Illustrator comes with the right color, since it matches the Pantone library on the printer. But Photoshop doesn't, since it makes the color as a process color.
If i am doing it wrong, please tell me how i should do in above applications when i want to work with Pantone colors and want them to match the Pantone colors on the printer?

i found this on adobe Photoshop forum:

About spot colors

If you are planning to print an image with spot colors, you need to create spot channels to store the colors. To export spot channels, save the file in DCS 2.0 format or PDF.
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You're confusing a bunch of concepts... I don't know where to start.

Do you have ACB files for the Pantone fashion book? If so, just copy them into the Photoshop presets folder and relaunch Photoshop.

If you don't have the ACB files, then you won't be able to use the Pantone Fashion book as a color book in Photoshop. You can use swatches to get an approximate preview without the book color reference.

Spot colors in Photoshop are just extra channels with a color that you pick and a name that you select -- you can use any color or name. If your print software needs a particular name, then use that name. But you don't even have to have an accurate preview of the spot color to use it as a spot color in Photoshop.

Photoshop defines spot color channels as spot color channels. There is no way to make a spot color channel a process color channel in Photoshop. The color you pick for the preview of that spot color channel does not matter, because that is only used for the preview inside Photoshop, and has nothing to do with printing the spot channel separations.
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Hi!

OK, i havnt heard about ACB files before.
When i buy the Pantone Fashion + Home TCX library, do i get the ACB file also, or how do i get it?
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You would get that from Pantone, since we don't ship the Fashion books with Photoshop.