Cerulean CMYK is (90, 40, 20, 0), which means there is 90 of cyan, 40 of magenta, 20 of yellow and 0 of black. The closest hex code of the color is #0080AA with RGB equivalent values (0, 128, 170). The CMYK system is the backbone of the color printing technology found in both large industrial and small desktop printers. Colors are created using only four inks - cyan (C), magenta (M), yellow (Y) and black (K). Please understand that the reproducibility of cerulean CMYK depends on the quality of the paper, the printer and the inks in the machine.
Note: The hex code for cerulean CMYK mentioned on this page is only an approximation; it has been calculated from the CMYK values. Hexadecimal and RGB color values are for screen and digital media while the CMYK model is used for printing and, therefore, the conversion of one to another is not perfect. Also, the way cerulean looks on the screen (via the hex code) would be very different from how it appears printed on paper (via its CMYK values).
The complement of Cerulean CMYK is Rufous with the hex code #AA2A00. Complementary colors are those found at the opposite ends of the color wheel. Thus, as per the RGB system, the best contrast to #0080AA color is offered by #AA2A00. The complementary color palette is easiest to use and work with. Studies have shown that contrasting color palette is the best way to grab a viewer's attention.
The analogous colors of Cerulean CMYK (#0080AA) are International Klein Blue (#002BAA) and Green (Munsell) (#00AA7F). In the RGB color wheel, these two analogous colors occur to the right and left of Cerulean CMYK with a 30° separation on either side. An analogous color palette is extremely soothing to the eyes and works wonders if your main color is soft or pastel.
As per the RGB color wheel, the split-complementary colors of Cerulean CMYK (#0080AA) are #AA002B (Alabama Crimson) and #AA7F00 (Gold). A split-complementary color palette consists of the main color along with those on either side (30°) of the complementary color. Based on our research, usage of split-complementary palettes is on the rise online, especially in graphics and web sites designs. It may be because it is not as contrasting as the complementary color palette and, hence, results in a combination which is pleasant to the eyes.
Cerulean CMYK triadic color palette has three colors each of which is separated by 120° in the RGB wheel. Thus, #AA0080 (Flirt) and #80AA00 (Apple Green) along with #0080AA create a stunning and beautiful triadic palette with the maximum variation in hue and, therefore, offering the best possible contrast when taken together.
The tetradic palette of Cerulean CMYK has four colors - #AA0080 (Flirt), #AA2A00 (Rufous) and #00AA2A (Green (Pantone)) in addition to the base color (#0080AA). A tetradic color palette is complex and, in most cases, should not be used off-the-shelf. We suggest tweaking the colors slightly to achieve desired results.
Cerulean CMYK square color palette has #7F00AA (Violet (RYB)), #AA2A00 (Rufous) and #2BAA00 (Yellow-Green (Color Wheel)). Quite like triadic, the hues in a square palette are at the maximum distance from each other, which is 90°. Note: For several colors purposes, a square palette may look much better than the tetrad color palette.
Cerulean CMYK Color Rainbow Palette
Our Cerulean CMYK rainbow color palette is based on the RGB model and consists of 7 colors, just like the traditional rainbow. You might not see a lot of variation in color, especially if the chosen color is dark or extremely light. However, this can lead interesting rainbow palettes that are faded, soft, pastel or dull.