Hex values for Crayola colors

The Wikipedia entry on Crayola colors includes a marvellous reference: the hexadecimal equivalents for all your favorite crayons!

List of Crayola crayon colors (via Kottke)


  1. Interesting, I didn’t know that flesh was renamed to peach in 1962. I grew up in the 80s having “flesh” crayola.

    The thing is, I didn’t grow up in the US, but here in the Philippines, our typical color wasn’t as light as the crayon.

  2. How was this deteremined? It doesn’t look very accurate on my screen (time to recalibrate perhaps). They should add Pantone values as well.

  3. Buried in a drawer somewhere, I have an unopened box of 64 (w/sharpener) that I bought in 1990 when I heard they’d be retiring several colors including raw umber and blue-violet.

    It’s my retirement investment. I suspect it will fetch millions.

    I remember when they changed flesh to peach; quite the uproar, what with rioting in the village square and all.

  4. LaTeX had a colour macro system back in the early 1990s that were based on Crayola colours diligently matched by Jim Hafner at IBM Almaden. The original X11 colour list – as used by early web browsers – was based on someone at Tektronix’s interpretation of Crayola colours.

  5. The RGB values are meaningless if you don’t know what colorspace they are in. Is it sRGB, AdobeRGB, ProPhotoRGB? Matching a color on your uncalibrated monitor means it is matched on your monitor, and nowhere else!

  6. Thanks, I read the whole Wiki. There are more specialty crayons than I had remembered. I had the metallic swirls, the smelly ones, even a couple that write on black paper. Are they going to bring some of these old ones back? Because I feel like I missed out on some of these color changing ones. Dang!

  7. I once created a hex Ministeck palette for use with the GIMP:

    GIMP Palette
    # Ministeck — GIMP Palette file
    253 254 253 Ministeck white
    206 153 50 Ministeck
    155 101 52 Ministeck
    50 50 50 Ministeck dark grey
    4 3 98 Ministeck
    2 102 54 Ministeck
    2 50 154 Ministeck
    254 50 102 Ministeck
    206 154 102 Ministeck
    254 254 50 Ministeck
    250 90 6 Ministeck
    55 101 53 Ministeck
    103 102 101 Ministeck grey
    206 2 50 Ministeck
    254 154 54 Ministeck
    102 50 50 Ministeck
    253 154 154 Ministeck
    50 102 206 Ministeck
    3 50 56 Ministeck
    50 2 102 Ministeck
    251 155 101 Ministeck
    254 254 202 Ministeck
    4 2 2 Ministeck black
    206 206 206 Ministeck light grey

    The method I used was simply measuring colour values off a photo from the Ministeck website. (And as you can see I never could be bothered to name any colours other than the greys.)

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