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Munsell color reference charts on your inkjet printer!

These printable Munsell color charts are a color reference tool for artists and a perfect substitute for much more expensive color charts or catalogs. Based on Albert Munsell’s systematic approach in defining color these printable color charts serve you as a color mixing guide – without spending hundreds of Dollars like professional color charts cost. Learn to see and match the right colors four your artworks.

Hue Value Chroma - printable eBook Cover
  • Based on Albert Munsell’s color notation system

  • 1,450 color swatches with individual Hue, Value, Chroma number

  • Learn identifying the properties of color with the exercises & tools

  • Cost effective alternative for industry standardized color charts and decks

Hue, Value, Chroma –
The Munsell color notation system

Over hundred years ago artist Albert Henry Munsell developed a three dimensional color system based on the three properties of a color: hue, value and chroma. This systematic approach to understanding and mixing color has proved to be very helpful for artists.

There are professional standardized color charts and catalogs on the market employed during communication between customer and manufacturer or printing house. But as an artist you usually don’t communicate with others about colors – you just want to match a specific color regardless of a color name like “Lemon Yellow”, “Floral White”, “Light Salmon” or Pantone 123 which are all inexact.

➜ Learn color mixing with Munsell on the Resources page

All this is in the eBook:

1,450 color swatches:

40 hues with 9 value steps (1 to 9) each and 7 chroma steps (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14). Each color swatch has its respective Hue, Value, Chroma number printed on the bottom.


Value scales & checker:

11 step value scale, continuously value scale; Cut out and hold infront an object to check and compare values.

Paper models:

Cut out, glue together and use these colored paper models for your practises.

Color checker / neutral sheets:

4 different neutral sheets for use as background beneath a glass palette or as value checker. Color checker as a calibration tool for photos.


Best printer settings; how to mix neutrals; how to see in terms of hue, value and chroma; using a glass palette; internet resources.

and more…


“Thank you for making this product available, it’s very useful!”

Florent Fargeswww.florentfarges.com

“Excellent idea, thank you for your savoire faire. Genius!”

Marc Brunet marcbrunet.artstation.com

Product Comparison:

PRODUCT NAME Hue Value Chroma
printable Munsell color charts
Buy now!
The New Munsell Student Color Set Munsell Book of Color
PRICE (per swatch) $12.90 ($0.009) $90 ($0.33) $1,150 ($0.72)
CONTENT 1,450 color swatches 276 color swatches 1,600 color swatches
SWATCH DIMENSIONS By default: 21 × 23 mm
(0,8″ × 0,9″)

depending on your print settings
1,2 cm × 1,9 cm
(0,5″ × 0,8″)
25 cm × 38 mm
(1″ × 1.5″)
As of Dec. 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

(Click the questions below to expand out explanations)

What is in the package?

The package contains 40 sheets of printable color charts (10 hues in 4 increments), an 11 step value scale, a value checker, a color balance card for color adjustment of your photos in photo editing software like Lightroom or Photoshop, neutral sheets in 30%, 50%, 70% and 100% black, printable nets for colored paper models & instructions on how to use all this.

All this comes in a PDF file which can be viewed and printed with Acrobat Reader (free download).

I am not sure if my printer is capable to print the color charts. How can I find out before I buy?

You can download this reference and print it out. If all swatches are visible and the print looks like the file on the computer screen then your printer should be capable of printing the color charts.

Or do you have photos (e.g. from vacation) printed with your printer and the print looks fine and has no obvious color distortion? Then your printer most likely is capable of printing the color charts.

The range of printable color swatches – the „Gammut“ – depends on different factors: printer, paper, inks. At all three ends of a color’s property (Hue, Value, Chroma) good results can vary. If you do not have an inkjet printer or your printer’s output is not sufficient, you can let the file be printed at a copy shop.

What size are the individual pages?

The eBook comes in DIN A5 size but if your printer is in a different format/aspect ratio, i.e. US Letter, you can print the color charts with the “Fit to page” setting. This might distort the individual swatches a bit but this has no effect on their usage. Due to its scalability the eBook is even printable on larger paper i.e. DIN A3.

If you would like to print and cut out the paper models make sure to use a printer setting which does not distort those pages. Otherwise you will not be able to glue the paper model together as intented.

What does the package cost?

The “Munsell Color Book” by XRite costs about $1,000. There are also other Munsell books available for $75 and more. These HUE VALUE CHROMA – Munsell Color Charts cost $12.90. The rest depends on your usage: Let’s say you only want to have the color swatches for skin tones then only two or three sheets need to be printed. Let’s also say you lose some swatches or they are worn you can print additional sheets whenever you want. If you buy one of the available books you better not lose the swatches.

Can I print the Color Charts on a laser printer?

It has not been tested how the color charts come out with a laser printer so no guarantee given here. It is advisable to print the Color Charts with an inkjet printer on a good quality photo paper like Kirkland Signature Professional Glossy Photo Paper (Affiliate link).

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Not sure if your printer is capable of printing these color charts? Download this reference and print it out. If all swatches are visible and the print looks like the file on the computer screen then your printer should be capable of printing the color charts.