CMYK Suggested Values and Color Guide

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.

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 Color Ink Values


Red CMYK Suggested Color Ink Values


Orange Brown CMYK Suggested Color Ink Values


Orange Brown CMYK Suggested Color Ink Values Guide


Yellow Green CMYK Suggested Color Ink Values


Yellow Green CMYK Suggested Color Ink Values Guide


Yellow Green Grey CMYK Suggested Color Ink Values


Blue CMYK Suggested Color Ink Values


Blue CMYK Suggested Color Ink Values Guide


Purple CMYK Suggested Color Ink Values


Pink CMYK Suggested Color Ink Values


Vibrant CMYK Suggested Color Ink Values