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A comprehensive guide to hex color #ff0038

About hex color #ff0038 - Carmine red

Hex color #ff0038 is named "Carmine red". It's described as "red". When people spot the color red in marketing, they might associate it with: generally strong emotions, their physical self and being, a sense of urgency, technology, and passion. The color typically isn't associated with energy. ESPN and Shazam are using a color close to Carmine red in their branding. (Explore brands using Carmine red).

In RGB colorspace, the hexadecimal color #ff0038 is created using 100% red, 0% green, and 22% blue. In CMYK colorspace, you can make the color using 0% cyan, 100% magenta, 78% yellow, and 0% black.

RGB Composition
    R   G   B    
CMYK Composition
  C   M   Y   K  

#ff0038 is made up of R: 255, G: 0, B: 56 in RGB colorspace and C: 0, M:100, Y:78.04, K:0 in CMYK colorspace. Its decimal value is 16711736 and the closest web-safe color code to it is #ff0033. This color is named "Carmine red". White should be used ontop of #ff0038 to ensure the best legibility.

Here's a color conversion chart. It contains technical information about the hex color #ff0038. If you're a programmer, view the code snippets section for prepared language syntax.

hex #ff0038
Websafe hex #ff0033
rgb 255, 0, 56
rgb percent (%) 99.61%, 0%, 21.88%
rgba R: 255, G: 0, B: 56, A: 1.0
CMYK C: 0, M:100, Y:78.04, K:0
hsv 346.82, 100, 50
hsb 346.82, 100, 100
luma 82.573
Black or white text? #ffffff
Adobe RGB 219, 0, 58
Closest named color Carmine red
Hunter-Lab 46.42, 83.9, 23.57
CIE-L*ab 53.54, 80.95, 45.13
CIE-L*Ch(ab) 53.54, 92.68, 29.14
CIE-L*uv 53.54, 167.91, 27.15°

Some colors work better together. Here, you'll find color harmonies and schemes specific to the hex color #ff0038. These color palettes have been mathematically proven to pair well in designs.


The Complimentary color scheme is made up of two colors. These two colors are opposite one another in the color spectrum. The first color is called the "base" #ff0038 and the second color is called the "compliment" #00ffc3.

Design Tip: It's not a good idea to use one of these colors for text and the other for the background.


Split Complimentary

The Split Complimentary color scheme is made up of three colors. The base color #ff0038 is paired with the two colors to the left and the right of compliment color #00ffc3.

Design Tip: The two secondary colors make for great accent and highlight colors in your design.



The Triadic color scheme is made up of three colors. When viewed on a color wheel, all three colors are spaced evenly (120°) apart.

Design Tip: Use this color scheme carefully and spend time balancing where and when each color is used.



The Tetradic color scheme is made up of four colors. When viewed on a color wheel, all four colors are spaced evenly (90°) apart.

Design Tip: Find balance between the warm and cold colors if you desire to use the Tetradic color scheme in your design.



The Analagous color scheme is made up of three colors. The three colors sit next to one another on the color wheel. The palette is made in similar fashion to how the Split Complimentary palette is made. However, the two secondary colors are adjacent to the base, not the compliment.

Design Tip: Finding the right contrast may prove to be a challenge when working with Analagous colors.


When designing or marketing products, especially on a worldwide platform like Amazon, color is important. This section contains links to Amazon products that have some relation to one of the attributes of the color #ff0038: "a sense of urgency".

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Seeing darker, lighter, and tinted variations of the hex color #ff0038 can help you with your creative processes. Remember, you can click on a color to be taken to its own page full of unique color information.

Darker shades

Darker shades are produced by blending #ff0038 with black #000000.


Lighter shades

Lighter shades are produced by blending #ff0038 with white #FFFFFF.



Tones are produced by blending #ff0038 with gray #808080.


A color gradient may also be known as color progression or a color ramp. A gradient is the gradual transition of one color into another. This section showcases gradients featuring #ff0038 as the base color. The secondary colors come from the Color Harmonies section above.

Below each gradient is the CSS color code that was used to create it. You can copy and paste it so it can be used in designs of your own.

For more information on how to apply gradients, visit the w3schools.com page on CSS gradients.

Seeing #ff0038 on a computer or phone screen is much different than how it may appear in the real world. Shown here are 20 different environment types and how #ff0038 could potentially look inside each of them, given perfect conditions. For example, #ff0038 appears as #ff0046 when in old direct sunlight at noon and as #ff0035 when in daylight fluorescent.

Old direct sunlight at noon
Old daylight
ICC profile PCS
Mid-morning daylight
Daylight, sRGB, Adobe-RGB
North sky daylight
Equal energy
Daylight Fluorescent
Cool fluorescent
White Fluorescent
Warm White Fluorescent
Daylight Fluorescent
Lite White Fluorescent
Daylight fluorescent, D65 simulator
Sylvania F40, D50 simulator
Cool White Fluorescent
Ultralume 50, Philips TL85
Ultralume 40, Philips TL84
Ultralume 30, Philips TL83
Data used in calculating these colors comes courtesy of Easy RGB.

Colors that have names have reached a point of status where they're more than just a hex code: they're real-world associated. View a list of all 1,500+ named colors.

Closest named colors to #ff0038

#ff0038 might be precisely the color you're looking for. But, the colors below are a close match. What's better is that they're named colors, meaning chances are there's more information about them. If you feel like taking a slight deviation in hue, click a color below to learn about why it's so unique.

Carmine red
Electric crimson
Prilly red
Red (Munsell)
Tractor red
Spanish red

Furthest named colors to #ff0038

Looking for something completely different? Try a well-documented complimentary color. The named colors below have been calculated to be the furthest colors from #ff0038. Click on the colors to explore their unique information.

Electric cyan
Spanish sky blue
Neon cyan
Turquoise blue
Sea green (Crayola)
Lotion blue

Colors are important to brands and the messages they convey. Brand recognition and colors go hand-in-hand. Knowing what brands are using #ff0038, or a color similar, can help you in determining whether the color is appropriate to your design.

Shazam uses the color #ff0033


ESPN uses the color #ff0033

Brand data comes courtesy of Brand Colors. Brands linked may not be suitable for all ages and in no way affiliated with 2020 Colors.

Here you can easily copy-and-paste formatted color code for use with your favorite programming/markup languages like HTML/CSS, Java, Objective-C, and GameMaker Language.

HTML, CSS #ff0038
Java new Color(255, 0, 56)
.NET Color.FromArgb(255, 255, 0, 56);
Objective-C [UIColor colorWithRed:1 green:0 blue:0.2196 alpha:1.00000];
OpenGL glColor3f(1f, 0f, 0.2196f);
Swift UIColor(red:1, green:0, blue:0.2196, alpha:1.00000)
GameMaker Language (GML) $3800FF
Python Color('#ff0038')

This useful chart contains technical information about the hexadecimal color #ff0038. For example, the direct decimal conversion is 16711736 while the individual RGB conversions are: 255, 0, 56.


If you're considering using #ff0038 in a logo or design, you can quickly reference below to see how various symbols, icons, and emblems look.

Icons courtesy of Font Awesome.

We learned earlier that White-colored text should be used on a #ff0038 colored background for best readability. But, you can be the judge of that by looking at the examples below.

This text is hex color #ff0038 on a solid black (#000000) background.

This text is hex color #ff0038 on a solid white (#ffffff) background.

This text is solid black (#000000) on a solid hex color #ff0038 background.

This text is solid white (#ffffff) on a solid hex color #ff0038 background.

This text is hex color #ff0038 on a striped black (#000000) and white (#ffffff) background.

This text is hex color #ff0038 on a striped gray (#808080) and white (#ffffff) background.

This text is solid black (#000000) on a striped hex color #ff0038 and white (#ffffff) background.

This text is solid white (#ffffff) on a striped hex color #ff0038 and white (#ffffff) background.

Patterns courtesy of Hero Patterns.

If you're a web developer, you might find it useful to see elements like buttons and check boxes in the color #ff0038.


The HTML and CSS used to create these elements comes from w3schools.com.
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