The FLEXO Color Guide Edition X takes the guesswork out of printing your corrugated boxes – because your ink samples are printed on actual corrugated linerboard, using current mill production roll stock.

  • Flexo Color Guide for Printing Inks on Corrugated – New Edition X
  • Edition X includes inks printed on both white top and natural (brown) substrates
  • In addition, it also includes inks from the previous edition, along with two grey inks from Edition VIII.

The FLEXO Color Guide features more vibrant colors as well as today’s safer inks.

You’ll see how each color looks on white top (mottled) and natural kraft stock. For Edition X, all inks from Edition IX have been included, with the addition of two gray inks.

The result – a team effort by glass, ink, and box manufacturers – makes it simple for you to achieve the highest possible industry color standards.


In 1949, the Glass Container Manufacturers Institute (GCMI) created the FLEXO Color Guide. This guide featured a variety of inks, numbered for easy identification and shown on both white and kraft paper. Since then, the guide has been updated multiple times as inks have been added or modified, but the general principle remains the same. The guide allows manufacturers to easily communicate ink options with clients, ensuring consistent results.

The most recent GCMI guide, edition x, has a total of 42 colors to choose from. GCMI colors are standard across corrugated packaging manufacturers. Your manufacturer should be able to provide you with color swatches of the different options on either white or kraft paper, so you can select the ones that best fit your project. There are various places online that show previews of different colors as well. But while these can be helpful for seeing the general options, you shouldn’t use them in place of physical swatches when making a final color selection

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