Beige, coral red, mint – we have a clear idea of what these colours should look like. When it comes to printing, the printed product must meet these expectations. After all, graphic designers and marketing specialists want the design and colours to create the intended impact also in CMYK.
To achieve this, we have put together a list of the most important colours with our printing specialists including their counterparts in cyan, magenta, yellow and key. Our comprehensive list of CMYK colours includes a gamut of tones from bright red and pea green to lemon yellow, night blue and chocolate brown.

Vivid yellow, lemon yellow, orange and rich orange

CMYK colours: vivid yellow, lemon yellow, orange and rich orange

  • Vivid yellow: C0 M0 Y100 K0
  • Lemon yellow: C10 M10 Y90 K0
  • Orange:
    • C0 M30 Y100 K0
    • C0 M45 Y100 K0
    • C0 M50 Y 100 K0
    • C0 M55 Y100 K0
    • C0 M60 Y100 K0
    • C0 M65 Y100 K0
    • C0 M70 Y90 K0

Pink, light pink and dusty pink

CMYK colours: Light pink, pink, dusty pink

  • Light pink:
    • C5 M40 Y20 K0
    • C0 M50 Y20 K10
  • Dusty pink:
    • C0 M55 Y25 K0
    • C0 M60 Y10 K0
    • C0 M70 Y30 K10
    • C0 M65 Y40 K10

Flame red, signal red, coral red and luminous red

CMYK colours: flame red, signal red, coral red and luminous red

  • Flame red:
    • C0 M100 Y100 K20
    • C10 M100 Y100 K20
  • Signal red:
    • C20 M100 Y100 K10
    • C20 M100 Y90 K10
  • Coral red:
    • C0 M90 Y90 K20
    • C0 M90 Y90 K30
  • Luminous red:
    • C0 M90 Y100 K0
    • C0 M100 Y100 K0

Pure red and burgundy

CMYK colours: red and burgundy

  • Pure red:
    • C0 M100 Y90 K0
    • C0 M100 Y70 K0
  • Burgundy:
    • C20 M100 Y80 M40
    • C40 M100 Y60 K40
    • C35 M100 Y65 K0
    • C60 M100 Y80 K0

Magenta, purple and violet

CMYK colours: magenta, purple and violet

  • Magenta: C0 M100 Y0 K0
  • Purple:
    • C50 M60 Y0 K0
    • C60 M70 Y5 K10
  • Violet:
    • C50 M90 Y0 K5
    • C60 M90 Y0 K0
    • C60 M90 Y0 K10
    • C80 M90 Y0 K0
    • C60 M90 Y0 K0
    • C90 M100 Y0 K0

Azure and sky blue

CMYK colours: azure and sky blue

  • Azure:
    • C90 M30 Y10 K40
    • C90 M40 Y0 K30
    • C99 M52 Y4 K0
  • Sky blue:
    • C90 M40 Y0 K0
    • C90 M50 Y0 K0
    • C100 M30 Y0 K10
    • C100 M40 Y0 K0

Pure blue and night blue

CMYK colours: pure blue and night blue

  • Pure blue:
    • C100 M40 Y0 K0
    • C100 M55 Y0 K0
    • C100 M70 Y0 K0
    • C100 M80 Y0 K0
    • C95 M60 Y0 K20
    • C100 M40 Y0 K40
  •  Night blue:
    • C100 M90 Y0 K50
    • C100 M100 Y40 K40

Mint turquoise, pastel turquoise and turquoise

CMYK colours: mint turquoise, pastel turquoise and turquoise

  • Pastel turquoise:
    • C45 M0 Y20 K0
    • C60 M10 Y50 K0
    • C45 M0 Y20 K20
  • Mint turquoise:
    • C80 M20 Y50 K0
    • C70 M15 Y50 K20
    • C90 M20 Y50 K0
  • Turquoise:
    • C80 M10 Y35 K20
    • C90 M10 Y40 K10

Bright green, yellow-green and green

CMYK colours: bright green, yellow-green and green

  • Bright green/yellow green:
    • C70 M0 Y95 K0
    • C60 M0 Y95 K0
    • C70 M0 Y90 K0
  • Green:
    • C65 M0 Y80 K0
    • C90 M0 Y80 K0
    • C85 M0 Y100 K0
    • C85 M0 Y100 K10

Grass green and pea green

CMYK colours: grass green and pea green

  • Grass green:
    • C60 M0 Y90 K10
    • C30 M0 Y90 K40
    • C84 M0 Y100 K0
    • C90 M20 Y100 K25
    • C80 M10 Y80 K40
  • Pea green: C80 M20 Y100 K10

Red-brown, chestnut, chocolate brown and brown

CMYK colours: brown, red-brown, chestnut and chocolate brown

  • Red-brown:
    • C40 M90 Y100 K50
    • C5 M100 Y100 K80
  • Chestnut:
    • C0 M60 Y60 K70
    • C50 M100 Y100 K50
    • C0 M90 Y100 K80
  • Chocolate brown:
      • C40 M90 Y100 K50
      • C0 M60 Y90 K80
      • C40 M70 Y60 K80
    • C0 M20 Y20 K95
    • C60 M80 Y80 K80

Cream, beige, silver grey, stone grey and rich black

CMYK colours: cream, beige, grey, black and rich black

  • Cream: C0 M5 Y15 K5
  • Beige:
    • C0 M20 Y40 K10
    • C0 M20 Y50 K20
  • Silver-grey: C10 M0 Y0 K40
  • Stone grey:
    • C20 M10 Y20 K40
    • C35 M30 Y20 K20
  • Rich black:
    • C100 M40 Y40 K90
    • C40 M20 Y20 K100    Our tip!
    • C30 M0 Y0 K100    Cold rich black!
    • C0 M50 Y20 K100    Warm rich black!

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