As with all good branding, consistency of color is important. The Red, White, and Blue of the USA flag are specific colors that should be used not only when manufacturing the actual flag, but also when when creating one in print.
Officially recognized color codes for the USA flag include the following:
Old Glory Red
Pantone: 193C | RGB: 187,19,72 | CMYK: 8,100,77,1 | Hex: BB133E | SCC*: 80108
RGB: 255,255,255 | CMYK: 0,0,0,0 (Bet you already knew those!
Old Glory Blue
Pantone: 282C | RGB: 0,33,71 | CMYK:100,87,37,51 | Hex: D02147 | SCC*: 80075
*Standard Color Card 10th Edition / Color Association of the United States
These codes will get you pretty close to "official" yet, other websites offer variations of the above combinations.
Stars in the shape of a star?
The very first flag for the newly formed country had the British "Union Jack" where there are now stars. The red and white stripes were sufficient to represent the 13 original states. As more states were added to the union, the original thirteen stripes stayed the same, but white stars on a field of blue came to represent the states. From 1777 through 1890, multiple versions of the flag were used with the stars in a variety of patterns, both horizontal, in circles and even several versions of a "star made of stars" during the 1840's.
Today's flag, with its 50 stars of white on the blue field (called a "canton"), is a complex geometric construction, when correctly depicted. (For instance...very simplified...a star diameter should be 4/5 of the stripe height, which should be 1/13th of the flag height).
Okay on a T-shirt, right?
There are guidelines and also "myths" regarding use and flying of the flag, including display on clothing. It's okay to put Old Glory on the front of a t-shirt to wear on the Fourth of July, isn't it? After all, we see this all the time.
Take a survey of those in your office, and then look it up...
We've included the official "The United States Flag: Federal Law Relating to Display and Associated Questions" in our