Magenta

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Flower of the Fuchsia plant

Magenta is a color in between red and purple or pink and purple. Sometimes it is confused with pink or purple. In terms of the HSV (RGB) color wheel, it is the color halfway between red and purple and is composed equally of red and blue (50% red and 50% purple). Another name for magenta is fuchsia, named after the fuchsia flower.

This colour is one of the three colours of ink used by an inkjet printer, along with cyan and yellow. The tone of magenta used in printing is called "printer's magenta" (Magenta (CMYK)) and it is shown in the colour chart below.

The first written use of magenta as a colour name in English was in 1860.[1]

Meaning of magenta[change | change source]

  • Like the colours red, pink, and rose, one might use this color to express love because along with those other three colours, it is used to represent Valentine's Day.
  • Many women like to wear clothing in shades of magenta because it is an attractive and vibrant colour.
  • The colour magenta is used to symbolize anti-racism by the Amsterdam-based anti-racism Magenta Foundation.[2][3]

Tones of magenta colour comparison chart[change | change source]

Pink (web color) (Tamarisk) (Hex: #FFCBDB) (RGB: 255, 192, 203)
Cotton Candy (Crayola) (Hex: #FFB7D5) (RGB: 255, 183, 213)
Carnation Pink (Crayola) (Hex: #FFA6C9) (RGB: 246, 166, 201)
Light Magenta Mist (Pantone Magenta #0521C) (Hex: #F1B2DC) (RGB: 248, 170, 221)
Magenta Mist (Pantone Magenta #0521U) (Hex: #F8AADD) (RGB: 248, 170, 221)
Pale Magenta (Light Fuchsia Pink) (Hex: #F984EF) (RGB: 249, 132, 229)
Light Magenta (Fuchsia Pink) (Hex: #FF77FF) (RGB: 255, 119, 255)
Lavender Magenta (web color "violet") (Hex: #EE82EE) (RGB: 238, 130, 238)
Pale Plum (web color Plum) (Medium Lavender Magenta) (Hex: #DDA0DD) (RGB: 221, 160, 221)
Persian Pink (Maerz & Paul) (Hex: #F77FBE) (RGB: 247, 127, 190)
Hot Pink (web color) (Hex: #FF69B4) (RGB: 255, 105, 180)
Brilliant Rose (Crayola 1949-1958; "Magenta" after 1958) (Hex: #F653A6) (RGB: 246, 83, 166)
Deep Pink (web color) (Hex: #FF1493) (RGB: 255, 20, 147)
Bright Pink (Rose) (Hex: #FF007F) (RGB: 255, 0, 127)
Printer's Magenta (Pigment Magenta) (Process Magenta) (Hex: #FF0090) (RGB: 255, 0, 144)
Fluorescent Pink (Crayola Twistable colored pencils) (Hex: #FF008F) (RGB: 255, 0, 143)
French Fuchsia (Fuchsia (Pourpre.com)) (Hex: #FD3592) (RGB: 253, 63, 146)
Foobar (Hex: #F00BA4) (RGB: 240, 11, 164)
Hollywood Cerise (Fashion Fuchsia) (Venus colored pencils) (Hex: #F400A1) (RGB: 244, 0, 161)
Persian Rose (Maerz & Paul) (Hex: #FE28A2) (RGB: 254, 40, 162)
Magenta Rose (Hex: #FF00AF) (RGB: 255, 0, 175)
Bright Magenta Rose (Hex: #FC51AF) (RGB: 252, 81, 175)
Neon Fuchsia (Hex: #FE59C2) (RGB: 254, 89, 104)
Shocking Pink (Elsa Schiaparelli) (Hex: #FC0FC0) (RGB: 252, 15, 192)
Razzle Dazzle Rose (Crayola) (Hex: #FF33CC) (RGB: 255, 51, 204)
Purple Pizzazz (Crayola) (Hex: #FE4EDA) (RGB: 254, 78, 218)
Pink Flamingo (Crayola) (Hex: #FC47FD) (RGB: 252, 116, 253)
Ultra Pink (aka Crayola "Shocking Pink") (Hex: #FF6FFF) (RGB: 255, 111, 255)
Cool Magenta (Hex: #FF66FF) (RGB: 255, 102, 255)
MAGENTA (Electric Magenta) (web color Fuchsia) (Hex: #FF00FF) (RGB: 255, 0, 255)
Pink-Purple (Hex: #EF1DE7) (RGB: 239, 29, 231)
Amaranth Magenta (Hex: #ED3CCA) (RGB: 237, 60, 202)
Hot Magenta (Crayola) (Hex: #FF00CC) (RGB: 255, 0, 204)
Brilliant Medium Magenta (Medium Magenta (Liquitex Paint Markers #0500)) (Hex: #F8227F) (RGB: 248, 34, 127)
Spanish Fuchsia (Fuchsia (Gallego & Sanz)) (Hex: #E30052) (RGB: 227, 0, 82)
Cerise Magenta (Magenta (Crayola Twistable colored pencils)) (Hex: #DE3163) (RGB: 222, 49, 99)
Telemagenta (RAL) (Hex: #D72D6D) (RGB: 215, 45, 109)
Medium Rich Magenta (Prismacolor PC930 Magenta) (Pre-1990s) (Hex: #C32350) (RGB: 195, 35, 80)
Magenta (Pantone) (Pantone TPX 17-2036) (Hex: #D0417E) (RGB: 208, 65, 126)
Rich Magenta (Magenta Dye) (Original Magenta) (Hex: #CA1F7B) (RGB: 202, 31, 123)
Spanish Magenta (Magenta (Gallego & Sanz)) (Hex: #D40D7D) (RGB: 212, 13, 125)
Amaranth Cerise (Hex: #CD2682) (RGB: 205, 38, 130)
Red-Violet (Pigment Purple) (web color Medium Violet Red) (Hex: #C71585) (RGB: 199, 21, 133)
Medium Red-Violet (Crayola Red Violet) (Hex: #BB3385) (RGB: 187, 51, 133)
Permanent Magenta (Winsor & Newton acrylics #488) (Hex: #99005D) (RGB: 153, 0, 93)
Quinacridone Magenta (Liquitex Heavy Body #114) (Hex: #8E3A59) (RGB: 142, 58, 89)
Red-Violet Eggplant (Hex: #990066) (RGB: 153, 0, 102)
Amaranth Purple (Hex: #9F2B68) (RGB: 159, 43, 104)
Jazzberry Jam (Crayola) (Hex: #A50B5E) (RGB: 165, 11, 94)
Royal Heath (Xona.com Color List) (Hex: #AB3472) (RGB: 171, 52, 114)
Fuchsia Red (Pantone TPX 18-2328) (Hex: #B33A7F) (RGB: 179, 58, 127)
Fuchsia Rose (Pantone 2001 Color of the Year) (Hex: #C74375) (RGB: 199, 67, 117)
Fuchsia Purple (Pantone TPX 18-2436) (Hex: #CC397B) (RGB: 204, 57, 123)
Royal Fuchsia (Hex: #CA2C92) (RGB: 202, 44, 146)
Mulberry (Crayola) (Hex: #C54B8C) (RGB: 197, 75, 140)
Fandango (Maerz & Paul) (Hex: #B53389) (RGB: 181, 51, 137)
Medium Magenta (Liquitex Heavy Body #510) (Hex: #B41880) (RGB: 180, 24, 128)
Deep Magenta Rose (Hex: #C120A2) (RGB: 193, 32, 162)
Byzantine (Maerz & Paul) (Hex:BD33A4) (RGB: 189, 51, 164)
Vivid Magenta (Magenta (MIR Acrylics)) (Hex: #CD00CC) (RGB: 205, 0, 204)
Deep Magenta (Hex: #CC00CC) (RGB: 204, 0, 204)
Steel Pink (Crayola Ultra colored pencils) (Hex: #CC33CC) (RGB: 204, 51, 204)
Orchid (web color) (Hex: #DA70D6) (RGB: 218, 112, 240) (CMYK: 0,49,2,15)
Sky Magenta (Medium Lavender Pink) (Venus colored pencils) (Hex: #CF71AF) (RGB: 207, 113, 175)
Deep Fuchsia (Crayola Fuchsia) (Hex: #C154C1) (RGB: 193, 84, 193)
Medium Orchid (web color) (Hex: #BA55D3) (RGB: 183, 85, 211)
Antique Fuchsia (ISCC-NBS) (Hex: #915C83) (RGB: 145, 92, 131)
Magenta Haze (Pantone TPX 18-2525) (Hex: #9F4576) (RGB: 159, 69, 118)
Violet-Eggplant (Chinese Eggplant) (Hex: #991199) (RGB: 153, 17, 153)
Dark Magenta (web color) (Hex: #8B008B) (RGB: 139, 0, 139)
Purple (HTML/CSS web color Purple) (Patriarch) (Hex: #800080) (RGB: 128, 0, 128)
Plum (Crayola) (Hex: #843179) (RGB: 132, 49, 121)
Byzantium (ISCC-NBS) (Hex: #702963) (RGB: 112, 41, 99)
Palatinate Purple (Hex: #682860) (RGB: 104, 40, 96)
Magenta Purple (Pantone TPX 19-2428) (Hex: #723157) (RGB: 114, 49, 87)
Eggplant (Crayola) (Aubergine) (Hex: #664051) (RGB: 97, 64, 81)
Dark Byzantium (ISCC-NBS) (Hex: #5D3954) (RGB: 93, 57, 84)
Purple Taupe (Hex: #50404D) (RGB: 80, 64, 77)

Tones of fuchsia colour comparison chart[change | change source]

Although magenta and fuchsia are the same colour, the chart below (the colors displayed on which are also shown in the magenta colour chart above) shows those tones of magenta which are specifically named fuchsia.

Light Fuchsia Pink (Pale Magenta) (Hex: #F984EF) (RGB: 249, 132, 229)
Fuchsia Pink (Light Magenta) (Hex: #FF77FF) (RGB: 255, 119, 255)
Neon Fuchsia (Hex: #FE59C2) (RGB: 254, 89, 104)
Spanish Fuchsia (Fuchsia (Gallego & Sanz)) (Hex: #E30052) (RGB: 227, 0, 82)
French Fuchsia (Fuchsia (Pourpre.com)) (Hex: #FD3592) (RGB: 253, 63, 146)
Fashion Fuchsia (Hollywood Cerise) (Hex: #F400A1) (RGB: 244, 0, 161)
FUCHSIA (web color Fuchsia) (Electric Magenta) (Hex: #FF00FF) (RGB: 255, 0, 255)
Royal Fuchsia (Hex: #CA2C92) (RGB: 202, 44, 146)
Fuchsia Purple (Pantone TPX 18-2436) (Hex: #CC397B) (RGB: 204, 57, 123)
Fuchsia Rose (Pantone 2001 Color of the Year) (Hex: #C74375) (RGB: 199, 67, 117)
Fuchsia Red (Pantone TPX 18-2328) (Hex: #B33A7F) (RGB: 179, 58, 127)
Deep Fuchsia (Crayola Fuchsia) (Hex: #C154C1) (RGB: 193, 84, 193)
Antique Fuchsia (ISCC-NBS) (Hex: #915C83) (RGB: 145, 92, 131)

Wrapping the spectrum into a color wheel[change | change source]

If the visible spectrum is wrapped to form a color wheel, magenta (additive secondary) appears midway between red and violet:

Linear visible spectrum.svg
Visible spectrum wrapped to join violet and red in an additive mixture of magenta

Other pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 198 Color Sample of Magenta: Page 127 Plate 52 Color Sample K12 (This shade of magenta is shown above as “Rich Magenta (Magenta Dye)(Original Magenta)”)
  2. Magenta Foundation. Organization website
  3. Coilhouse alternative culture blog interview with Suzette Brunkhorst and Ronald Eissens, directors of the Magenta Foundation: