Cyan has the hex code #00FFFF. The equivalent RGB values are (0, 255, 255), which means it is composed of
0% red, 50% green and 50% blue. The CMYK color codes, used in printers, are C:100 M:0 Y:0 K:0. In the HSV/HSB scale, Cyan has a hue of 180°, 100% saturation and a brightness value of 100%. Details of other color codes including equivalent web safe and HTML & CSS colors are given in the table below. Also listed are the closest Pantone® (PMS) and RAL colors.
With HSB/HSV values of (180°, 100%, 100%), Cyan is exactly between blue and green in the RGB color model. It is often confused with another color, Aqua, though both are the same.
Cyan was included in the X11 list and later adopted by the web colors list. This means you can use the color name "Cyan" (or "Aqua") instead the hex code (#00FFFF) or RGB values (0, 255, 255) in HTML and CSS code.
The complement of Cyan is Red with the hex code #FF0000. Complementary colors are those found at the opposite ends of the color wheel. Thus, as per the RGB system, the best contrast to #00FFFF color is offered by #FF0000. 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 Cyan (#00FFFF) are Azure (#0080FF) and Guppie Green (#00FF80). In the RGB color wheel, these two analogous colors occur to the right and left of Cyan 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 Cyan (#00FFFF) are #FF0080 (Bright Pink) and #FF8000 (Orange (Color Wheel)). 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.
Cyan triadic color palette has three colors each of which is separated by 120° in the RGB wheel. Thus, #FF00FF (Fuchsia) and #FFFF00 (Yellow) along with #00FFFF 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 Cyan has four colors - #FF00FF (Fuchsia), #FF0000 (Red) and #00FF00 (Electric Green) in addition to the base color (#00FFFF). 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.
Cyan square color palette has #8000FF (Violet (Color Wheel)), #FF0000 (Red) and #80FF00 (Chartreuse (Web)). 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.
Cyan Color Rainbow Palette
Our Cyan 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.