Non-dithering colors

By Joe Burns

The non-dithering color codes by Lynda Weinman. Used with permission.

Huh? Dithering? What?

     As if there isn't enough to be concerned about in terms of colors - here's one more little deal. This is a chart of 216 "non-dithering" colors. In layman's terms, these colors will look like the color you ask for on all browsers and all computer screen resolution settings.

     Have you ever seen a color created by what appeared to be one solid color and then a few lighter colored dots across the top? It didn't blend at all, but sort of created the color. Have you ever printed something in color, and instead of being a straight color, it appeared to be a series of different colored dots?
     I guess if you were able to truly mix those colors together, you would get the color you are looking for. But they're not mixed. That's dithering.


What Makes These Colors So Great?

     They won't dither. They always give a nice smooth color on web pages and in graphics.
     The reason is because these are the 216 colors chosen by Windows and MAC operating platforms to make up their palettes of colors. The colors that aren't represented here are the colors that these try to make up by dithering. Get it?
     The color list comes from a mathematical formula using the shades 00, 33, 66, 99, CC, and FF from hex codes.
     Using just those 6 hex combinations over red, blue, and green hues, gives us a total of 216 colors that will render perfectly on your screen.


     That said - here you go. These are the chosen 216.

FFFFFF FFFFCC FFFF99 FFFF66 FFFF33
FFFF00 CCFFFF CCFFCC CCFF99 CCFF66
CCFF33 CCFF00 99FFFF 99FFCC 99FF99
66FFFF 99FF66 99FF33 66FFCC FFCCFF
99FF00 33FFFF FFCCCC 33FFCC 00FFFF
66FF99 FFCC99 66FF66 66FF33 00FFCC
66FF00 33FF99 FFCC66 FFCC33 CCCCFF
33FF66 33FF33 00FF99 FFCC00 33FF00
00FF66 00FF33 00FF00 CCCCCC CCCC99
99CCFF CCCC66 CCCC00 CCCC33 99CCCC
FF99FF 99CC99 66CCFF FF99CC 99CC66
66CCCC 99CC33 00CCFF 33CCFF 99CC00
FF9999 66CC99 FF9966 66CC66 33CCCC
CC99FF 00CCCC FF9933 FF9900 66CC33
66CC00 33CC99 00CC99 CC99CC 33CC66
00CC66 CC9999 FF66FF 33CC33 33CC00
CC9966 00CC33 9999FF 00CC00 CC9933
CC9900 FF66CC 9999CC FF6699 999999
6699FF FF6666 CC66FF 999966 6699CC
999933 FFCC33 FF6600 FF33FF 3399FF
999900 669999 CC66CC 0099FF FF33CC
3399CC CC6699 669966 FF00FF 339999
669933 669900 FF3399 0099CC 9966FF
CC6666 009999 CC6633 CC6600 339966
FF00CC FF3366 009966 CC33FF FF3333
339933 009933 9966CC FF3300 FF0099
339900 009900 6666FF CC33CC FF0066
996699 FF0033 FF0000 CC00FF CC3399
996666 6666CC 996633 996600 3366FF
CC3366 CC00CC 9933FF 0066FF 666699
CC3333 CC3300 3366CC CC0099 9933CC
666666 666633 0066CC 9900FF 666600
CC0066 336699 993399 CC0033 6633FF
336666 006699 CC0000 993366 9900CC
336633 006666 336600 6633CC 3333FF
006633 993333 993300 6600FF 990099
006600 0033FF 663399 009966 3333CC
663366 6600CC 990033 0033CC 990000
3300FF 663333 663300 660099 0000FF
333399 3300CC 003399 333300 660066
333333 003366 0000CC 660033 333300
660000 330099 003333 003300 000099
330066 330033 000066 330000 000033
000000


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