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CMYK Suggested Values and Color Guide

Read on for more information on CMYK suggested values in RGB color reproduction.

Formulas for getting the optimal results in RGB color reproduction

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Reading These Color Charts

Reading These Color Charts

This guide contains a series of colors that are known to be able to be reliably produced using CMYK offset printing. While no color matching can be guaranteed, including the colors shown here, without ordering a spot of Pantone color, the colors and color values shown here are good choices to ensure accurate color reproduction. Following these CMYK suggested values should get you good results in your printing project.

The color charts are organized starting with the dark “base” color on the top left and decreasing color values gradually while progressing around the color wheel. The other wheels on the page increase the values of secondary colors, such as magenta and yellow for example, while creating blues.

Please note that depending on your monitor settings, the colors may appear different on your screen than they print on an offset press. Colors will also vary if this guide is printed on an inkjet or laser printer. The best way to ensure your colors come out exactly as planned is with a proof of your project.

Black Rich Black CMYK Suggested Values Color Chart

Red Color CMYK Suggested Values Chart

Orange Brown color chart

Orange Brownc color chart

Yellow Green color chart

Yellow Green color chart

Yellow Green Grey color chart

Blue color chart

Blue color chart

Purple color chart

Pink CMYK Suggested Color Ink Values

Vibrant CMYK Suggested Color Ink Values

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