This tool helps you to convert between color formats (HEX, RGB, CMYK, HSL, HWB, HSB, LAB, NCOL, COPIC, CMYK) by inserting color code in format you have.
A color model is a way to describe colors in a color system. Most color models have 3 dimensions, such as the best known: RGB. From Red, Green and Blue. And because of the three dimensions, a color system can be represented with 3 axes, so in 3D.
You could say that all models ultimately all come out at RGB. But usually we do not distinguish one, but two main color models, which are also the best known; RGB and CMY. These color models can be further subdivided into sub-color models. For example, RGB has for instance sub-models HSL and HSV.
HSV stands for Hue, Saturation and Value. This model is also sometimes called HSB, where the B stands for Brightness. But that is exactly the same model.
The HSV model simulates how different colors of paint mix together, where the color hue in a certain saturation can be adjusted in different degrees from no color to pure color and the Value-parameter thereby determines how much black or white paint is virtually mixed with it to make the color darker of lighter.
The RGB color model is an additive color model in which red, green, and blue light are added together in various ways to reproduce a broad array of colors. The name of the model comes from the initials of the three additive primary colors, red, green, and blue.
The main purpose of the RGB color model is for the sensing, representation, and display of images in electronic systems, such as televisions and computers, though it has also been used in conventional photography. Before the electronic age, the RGB color model already had a solid theory behind it, based in human perception of colors.
If the end destination of your design project is a digital screen, use the RGB color mode. This would go for anything that involves computers, smartphones, tablets, TVs, cameras, etc.
Turn to RGB if your design project involves: web & app design, icons, buttons, graphics, branding, online logos, online ads, social media, images for posts, profile pictures, profile backgrounds, visual content, video, digital graphics, infographics, photographs for website, social media, or apps.
CMYK color model is a subtractive color model, based on the CMY color model, used in color printing. CMYK refers to the four inks used in printing: cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (black).
The CMYK model is subtractive. It means that it subtracts or masks colors from white background of the paper. The ink reduces the reflected light. White light minus red leaves cyan, white light minus green leaves magenta, and white light minus blue leaves yellow.
White is the natural color of the paper, while black results from a full combination of colored inks. To save cost on ink, and to produce deeper black tones, unsaturated and dark colors are produced by using black ink instead of pure mix of cyan, magenta, and yellow.
Use CMYK for any project design that will be physically printed, not viewed on a screen. If you need to recreate your design with ink or paint, the CMYK color mode will give you more accurate results.
Turn to CMYK if your project involves: Branding, business cards, stationary, stickers, signs & storefronts, Advertising, billboards, posters, flyers, vehicle wraps, brochures, Merchandise, t-shirts, hats and other branded clothing, promotional swag (pens, mugs, etc.), Essential materials, product packaging, restaurant menus
HWB is a cylindrical-coordinate representation of points in an RGB color model, similar to HSL and HSV. It was developed by HSV’s creator Alvy Ray Smith in 1996 to address some of the issues with HSV. HWB was designed to be more intuitive for humans to use and slightly faster to compute. The first coordinate, H (Hue), is the same as the Hue coordinate in HSL and HSV. W and B stand for Whiteness and Blackness respectively and range from 0–100% (or 0–1). The mental model is that the user can pick a main hue and then “mix” it with white and/or black to produce the desired color.
Most of our colour modes are based on how much of a certain colour is needed to be displayed for a certain device. For example RGB is how much Red, Green and Blue needs to be displayed to show the correct colour on a digital screen and CMYK values are for how much colour is needed for a 4 colour print. The LAB colour model is based on how humans see colour; How much colour there is on the green to red axis combined with how much colour there is on the blue to yellow axis, combined with a lightness value from light to dark.