A deck of 130 cards to help you choose and work with colours
Swatchos – Choose Colours With A Deck Of Cards
More Flexible Than CMYK Colour Charts and Swatch Books
Swatchos are a box of 130 cards to help you choose and work with colours. And because they are swatch cards they're perfect for moving around to create colour schemes for your project – whatever the project might be.
I started thinking about Swatchos because I couldn't find a colour tool that I really loved. I thought there must be a more intuitive and enjoyable way to play around with colours, but I couldn't find one.
Choosing print or screen colours in software is fine but feels awkward and slow. I wanted to use my hands to play around with colour options. I also found CMYK colour charts and swatch books useful for choosing single colours but because you can't move the colours around it's difficult to create colour schemes. So that's when Swatchos became a thing.
Choose Colours And Make Colour Schemes – Whatever The Project
An example of one of the many colour schemes possible with Swatchos
Each swatch card has one main colour on the front. The reverse has two edge colours: one darker and one lighter than the main colour. They are positioned along the edges so when fanned out in a group you can use them to create colour schemes.
The cards can be used in so many different ways and I'm sure people will see uses in them that I didn't even imagine. Here are just a few ideas:
- Choosing a group of CMYK colours for a logo
- Choosing RGB colours for a website project or app design
- Teaching about colour theory
- Planning colours for a room in a house
- Planning colour choices for a painting
- Choosing CMYK colours for print and knowing how they'll look
- Craft projects
- Communicating about colour with a client remotely (send them a pack of cards too)
- Discussing colour with a client in a face-to-face meeting
For Creatives, Artists, Teachers and Hobbyists
Using Swatchos to think up possible colours for a logo and branding project
Swatchos being used to plan colours for a painting
- Graphic Designers
- Web Designers
- Art Teachers
- UX & UI Designers
- Home Owners
- Interior Designers
Create a colour wheel with the cards
The Colour Swatch Cards
130 unique colour cards
There are 130 unique cards in a box of Swatchos. Each card has one colour on the front and six on the back. The front colour is the main colour and the reverse shows darker and lighter version of this colour.
The cards are spread equally around using CMYK as the base. Each of the front colours is 25% away from another. For example you may have a green of 50/0/100/0, but also a 75/0/100/0 green. The back of the card then has three tints of this colour that are lighter and three colours that are darker with black added (25%, 50% and 75%). This means a huge spread of colours are covered in the 130 cards. Along with these cards there are also four cards that specifically focus on greys.
Each colour has a CMYK value and an RGB Hex code. The CMYK is the actual colour that is printed on the card. The RGB Hex code is the equivalent RGB value when converting to screen.
One colour on the front, six colours on the back
Each of the seven colours on the card has a CMYK value and RGB Hex code. And each card is numbered for easy sorting and reference.
Transfer your colours to your on screen project with downloadable swatch files – to be used in Adobe CC
Full deck of 130 cards
130 Cards, 903 Colours, Millions of Possibilities
By using the 130 cards in a pack of Swatchos it is possible to create millions of combinations. In fact it's possible to create many, many more than that.
By just using the front colours of the cards there are:
- 349,504 different 3 colour combinations
- 275,234,400 different 5 colour combinations
Using both the front and back two edge colours there are:
- 9,585,345 different 3 colour combinations
- 70,486,792,992 different 5 colour combinations
That's a lot of different combinations!
Swatchos have been designed to be as colour accurate as possible. The cards themselves have been designed using the FOGRA39 colour profile which keeps the colour between the designer (me) and the printer as accurate as possible. The conversion of the those colours to RGB has also been carried out in a controlled way from CMYK FOGRA39 to sRGB.
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