I’ve been asked a lot over the years about color systems so here are the basics for if you were curious…
- Stands for: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Key (Black)
- AKAs: Process Color, Four Color
- Used for: print. If used for digital colors will be dull.
- How it works: Colors are created by printing dots of the 4 colors which are overlapped.
- How you would see it written: C92 M0 Y41 K11 or (92,0,41,11)
- Stands for: Red, Green, Blue
- Used for: digital. If used for print colors will be dull (screens have a wider range of colors)
- How it works: Made by mixing combinations of the 3 colors.
- How you would see it written: R19 G226 B113 (19,226,133)
- Note: RGB is a dependent color so it can vary screen to screen depending on your settings.
- Stands for: Hexadecimal – like a short code for RGB colors
- Used for: digital – especially websites.
- How it works: The code is divided into the 3 RGB colors, which pairs of numbers standing for each of R, G and B
- How you would see it written: #13E285
- Stands for: Pantone Matching System
- AKAs: PMS
- Used for: print primarily
- How it works: Pantone colors are a solid or spot color rather than mixing.
- Pros: you get color consistency all across your brand
- Cons: It can get expensive
- How you would see it written: PANTONE 17-3938
Also – if you ever want/need to convert a color from one system to another, here is a useful link for you: https://convertacolor.com/
Hope this helps.