Colored Plots

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2 Responses to “Colored Plots”

  1. August 21st, 2007 | 10:44 am

    green = 1; blue = 2; yellow = 3; red = 4; white = 5;

  2. Brian
    August 22nd, 2007 | 2:19 am

    I’m not familiar with the Basic Color Code. I don’t have a computing background so I am limited to the basics in most areas. I guess it is something from the computer lexicon?
    I assume you are suggesting an alternative color schema?

    Any system that people are familiar with, and can remember, is handy.

    I looked up the numbers in the AFL ref manual for a long time and it was a load off my back when I finally got around to setting up some custom colors – I soon memorised the 16 that I use. I also find that it works well for me because when I do use multiple plots I can simply start at the beginning of the CustomColor series and ‘work my way up’. I don’t need to stop and think about it because I know what is coming next and what it will lool like when plotted.

    Colors are definitely personal preference. For everyday use I like to use a few basic colors that are easy to tell apart when plotted as a thin line. I use a white background, and find the contrast of black too harsh, so I use white and grey as the primaries. Yellow tends to disappear on a white background, and obviously I have no need for white, so for my own use I replaced them with cyan and magenta so that brings my custom color set close to the 3-bit RGB or 4-bit RGBI palette. By comparison some of the colors of a 6-bit RGB palette are too close together to be of practical use when plotting.

    On the rare occasion that I use more than 16 plots in one chart, alternating the 16 custom colors with different line styles extends the range.