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RGB, HTML and CMYK Color Code Matches


Please note that RGB and HTML color codes represent illuminated colors for display on computer monitors and other electronic devices. MyPerfectColor does its best to convert the digital color values to a physical color but, keep in mind that a physical paint color that is viewed via reflected light cannot be as bright as a color that is projected as an illuminated light.

Similarly, CMYK (refers to the four inks used in some color printing: cyan, magenta, yellow and key) colors do not translate well to paint, because it is a device dependent color space, meaning the values themselves do not communicate enough information for us to reproduce a color with accuracy. We can make a color, but we are not able to ensure it is the color you would be expecting. The best method is to match a physical sample because we know exactly what to target. Learn more about our custom color matching services here.

But if you need us to produce off digital, or a proxy, then these are the next best methods:

  1. Pantone or other color standard
  2. Spectral curve values measured with spherical instrument (nm from 400 to 700)
  3. L*a*b* values, as long as you also include the observer and light source (eg D65/2)
  4. RGB values (we convert to a Pantone, and then match that color)
  5. CMYK (we convert to a Pantone, and then match that color)
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