Web Safe Colors, Spot Colors, Hex Colors, CMYK and RGB Color Codes

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This article will be talking a lot about colors on websites, they are very important to the style or aesthetic of your website, you may not think much about it, but its very true. Colors on a website can make you think of the brand in a certain way, it can be intense, it can be soft, and other different vibes. It usually takes a while to come up with a fitting color palette or combination that is good. I will tell you how to use these colors correctly, but first, you have know about the terms.

What is a Web Safe Color?

A Web Safe color, or browser safe color, are colors that consists of 216 colors that display consistent colors on any computer or device capable of displaying 8 bit color. They were only created for that reason, as for how they are used today, it seams like its not used as often as they used to be. Most web safe colors are kind of ugly and not pleasing to the eyes. There are better color choices nowadays than just using web safe colors. Now going into different types of colors once more….

What is a Spot Color? Why were they made? How are they used today?

”In offset printing, a spot color is any color generated by an ink (pure or mixed) that is printed using a single run. The process of offset printing in full color consist of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (CMYK)”. This is the source of this definition. https://www.printoutlet.us/spotcolor.php

They were created for the purpose of company colors on a printed paper, the use of a spot color is utilized. They use it mainly because they want to maintain the color fidelity or accuracy of the color throughout the print run. As said by this person: https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-purpose-of-spot-color-printing

They are used today mainly because of the four color process printing that they have.

Sample Colors, CYMK, HEX, and RGB

CMYK stands for Cyan Magenta Yellow Black. HEX color is a color using hexadecimal values. RGB is red green blue. CMYK is used for making images on computers. These are subtractive colors. Hex colors are mostly used in web design. RGB is mostly used for the primary colors and converting the grey scale colors to this. The only way you can keep your colors consistent is by keeping a close eye on them and think about what really fits with what your doing.

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