Color Pigment Codes

These Codes Are More Important Than The Color Name


  • How to identify the color in the tube with more accurate information

About This Lesson

Every tube of watercolor paint contains a mixture of finely ground color pigments and a binder.

The color pigments are what creates the actual color. Each pigment is classified and indexed by the pigment and dye industry.

It is important to know what pigments are used to create the colors you paint with. The name on the outside of the tube is usually a common, familiar name but the color inside the tube may be very different from brand to brand. The underlying pigment will tell you more about the color than the name on the tube.
This short tutorial discusses pigment codes, how to find pigment info for your paint and to know when the color will vary by brand.