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Hue | Value | Chroma – Munsell Color Charts for Artists – eBook




  • Based on Albert Munsell’s color notation system with 40 hues

  • 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

These 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 print@home color charts serve you as a color mixing guide – without spending hundreds of Dollars like other color charts cost. Learn to see and match the right colors four your artworks.

Simply print these Munsell color charts on your desktop inkjet printer! The eBook comes as a PDF file.

The HUE VALUE CHROMA Munsell Color Charts are a practical reference tool for visual artists, painters, designers and illustrators. They are a perfect substitute for much more expensive Munsell color charts or catalogs on the market. Based on Albert Munsell’s systematic approach in defining color these printed color charts serve you as a color mixing guide. You can cut the color swatches out and hold them next to an object or you can place the swatches under a glass palette.

While there are a handful Munsell products on the market these are either extremely limited in the number of swatches or too expensive for a hobbyist artist.

With this investment you can save hundreds of Dollars. Industry standard color references have a wider gamut and are expensive. But what you as an artist need is a color chart which supports you identifying the colors around you – nothing more, nothing less.

With this investment you can save hundreds of Dollars because professional color charts are expensive and serve a purpose that you do not need for your art. What you need at your easel is a color chart which helps you to mix a specific color – if it is a skin color or the local color of an object.

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.

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

Florent Farges –


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

Marc Brunet –

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.[/lgc_column]


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…


PRODUCT NAME Hue Value Chroma
printable Munsell color charts
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


What does this Munsell eBook contain?

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 Munsell 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).