FED-STD-595C - Color Standards
Bulletin: GSA will no longer store and distribute a variety of color samples related to FED-STD-595. Until January 31, 2014, the following items are available at dramatically reduced prices:
- Color Fan Deck $20
- Color Chips $0.50
- Color Sets $150
- Color Books $75
If you would like to purchase any of these products, please call LaFreda McLean at (202) 619-8925 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Rick Parker at (202) 619-8968 or email@example.com. Remaining supplies are offered while supplies last.
- Fan Deck:- 650 color swatches, 2” x ½” in size. Also available using NSN 7690-01-162-2210 to federal customers via GSA Global Supply’s normal ordering methods.
- Color Chips: Individual 3” x 5” cards in protective envelopes. Each card is stamped, on the back, with relevant color number.
- Color Sets: Complete set of 650 3” x 5” cards, with cards individually wrapped and marked with relevant color number.
- Color Book: The book provides 650 colors for general color representation only. Each color is 1” x ½” and they are arranged by hue family, with flat, semigloss and gloss in separate columns as applicable.
GSA's role in defining color standards for federal agencies dates back to the 1949 legislation that created GSA. The file Federal Standard 595, Colors Used in Government Procurement (Excel, 298KB) provides a listing of color coordinate data in an Excel file organized by a 5-digit color chip number. (See note below on international standard.)
A companion narrative (Word, 23KB) document is also available. It explains the associated instrumentation, scanning process and sets user expectations regarding repeatability and reproducibility.
Note on standards: CIE L*a*b* (CIELAB) is the most complete color space specified by the International Commission on Illumination (in French the Commission internationale de l'éclairage, hence CIE). It describes all the colors visible to the human eye and was created to serve as a device-independent reference model.
GSA's Federal Acquisition Service will no longer provide Fed-Std-595 media in the form of physical color reference chips and chip-sets, the Fed-Std-595 color book and a color fandeck. GSA continues to provide Fed-Std-595 color data in digital format, but will transition ownership of the relevant standard to SAE International during calendar year 2014.
If you have questions about the standard or its transition, please submit these to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The shortcut for this page is www.gsa.gov/colorstd.