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The Guide to Colors

These are the sixteen old predefined colors. If these are the only colored things on the page and the numbered boxes below are all gray, then you are using a very old browser like Netscape Navigator 2.0. You should upgrade, since it's free, but the real thing to learn from this is that what appears on a web page is different to different browsers. Our computers have nice graphics cards and can control millions of colors, but the web being what it is today, you're actually more in control of your colors if you stick to simpler shades. Meanwhile, if you need to pick your colors and you have an old browser, click here.
 silver  gray  maroon  green  navy  purple  olive  teal
 white  black  red  lime  blue  magenta  yellow  cyan
This next table is 117 of the "non-dithering" colors. what this means is that on most browsers, and most screens,the colors here will not shift into other colors. What you see is what everyone will get, pretty much. The colors are generated by your computer - these boxes are not pictures, which is why they loaded so fast. We like these colors because they are simple that way. Since colors that get printed are different from colors that appear on screen, we like to use these 117 colors as the language for defining your basic colors, such as screen or cell background, colored text, and elements of your logo. For instance, you might say you want the background on your "staff" page to be color number 30, the heading font to be color number 104, and the green in your logo is number 54.There are more colors on the third table below.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45
46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54
55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63
64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72
73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81
82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90
91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99
100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108
109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117
This table has a few other colors with names. As you can see, some of them don't look quite like what the name might suggest. However, the colors that you see are fairly stable on different computers, so you can feel secure when you specify one that it will look that way for everyone.
White Red Green Blue Magenta Cyan Yellow Black Aquamarine Baker's Chocolate
Blue Violet Brass Bright Gold Brown Bronze Bronze II Cadet Blue Cool Copper Copper Coral
Corn Flower Blue Dark Brown Dark Green Dark Green Copper Dark Olive Green Dark Orchid Dark Purple Dark Slate Blue Dark Slate Grey Dark Tan
Dark Turquoise Dark Wood Dim Grey Dusty Rose Feldspar Firebrick Forest Green Gold Goldenrod Grey
Green Copper Green Yellow Hunter Green Indian Red Khaki Light Blue Light Grey Light Steel Blue Light Wood Lime Green
Mandarin Orange Maroon Medium Aquamarine Medium Blue Medium Forest Green Medium Goldenrod Medium Orchid Medium Sea Green Medium Slate Blue Medium Spring Green
Medium Turquoise Medium Violet Red Medium Wood Midnight Blue Navy Blue Neon Blue Neon Pink New Midnight Blue New Tan Old Gold
Orange Orange Red Orchid Pale Green Pink Plum Quartz Rich Blue Salmon Scarlet
Sea Green Semi-Sweet Chocolate Sienna Silver Sky Blue Slate Blue Spicy Pink Spring Green Steel Blue Summer Sky
Tan Thistle Turquoise Very Dark Brown Very Light Grey Violet Violet Red Wheat Yellow Green White
OK, maybe the colors up top didn't quite do the trick. the image below is the standard 216 non-dithering colors. It is an image, though, and not a color generated by your screen, so again the colors are not going to be quite exact. Perhaps if we let Bill Gates take over everything we can really have absolute colors, but as things stand, it's a confusing world of plurality. Anyway, you can pick a color by selecting the row and column indicated.
Color Cube

And if all that still wasn't satisfying enough, you can tell us your Pantone colors.

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