Color Palettes with CMYK Formulas
These color palettes feature shades of purple. Although I've made a few suggestions here and there about the 'amount' of each color to use, experiment. For best results don't use even amounts of each color in the palette. Choose one or two dominant colors and use the rest for accents. Keep in mind that due to the differences between color in print and on the Web that these colors may not appear the same on paper as they appear here on the screen.
These aren't just random color combinations. Each of these are based on actual historic and modern formulas used in posters, packaging, ads, and other design work over the past century. For a much more comprehensive selection of color combinations refer to The Designer's Guide to Color Combinations by Leslie Cabarga.
C40M5Y30 | C100M15Y80 | C50M30 | C67M75Y10K13 | C80M55 | C40K100 | White
Opposites of purple and green make an attractive match with black and white added to the party.
C70M5Y100 | M100Y100 | C53M100 | White
Throw a reddish orange in the middle of green and purple.
C35M50Y25K25 | M35Y35K3 | C30M35K25 | C80M30Y5K15
These dusky shades of purple, pink, and blue have an earthy tone.
C23M20Y25 | M53 | C35M85 | C50Y90 | C60M100K10
Relive the sixties with these pretty pinky purples and yellowish green.
C60M100 | C30M50 | C15M25 | C70M50Y25K10 | C100M85Y35K15 | C40M20Y10K5
Show your passion for purple with this selection of purples and blues. (Notice the formulas for the purples, each half of the one before it)
C80M75K10 | M35Y85 | M15Y35 | White
Golden yellows pops when placed on a background of purple. (Yes, it looks bluer on the Web but it really is purple in print.)
C50M60 | C100M20K20 | C15M50Y55 | White
This peachy palette includes a mild purple and medium blue.
Y100 | M100 | C30M100K13 | C100M100
No shrinking violets here.
A modern mix of peach, orange, yellow, and dusky purple. [See more Current/Modern Color Palettes]
Deep purple, green, and browns show the typical Victorian era use of many colors - 7 here. [See More Victorian era color palettes]
Color Meanings and Mixing Colors
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Use Swatch Books
Use PANTONE Color Guides to get just the right shades for your color palettes and to find CMYK-PMS color equivalents.