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usercolormap

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14 Mar 2005 (Updated )

usercolormap lets you create your own colormap in a simple way. Intensity scale can be respected.

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USERCOLORMAP(COLOR1,COLOR2,COLOR3,...) creates a colormap with colors specified by 1x3 vectors (COLOR1, COLOR2, COLOR3...).
 
When the number of input colors are three for example, the function linearly interpolates every column of a 3x3 matrix [COLOR1;COLOR2;COLOR3] to 256 values, which is to be used as an input to COLORMAP. It means that colors between those you specified change gradually.
 
If you put a number (>0) as the last input argument (USERCOLORMAP(...,NUM)), then the intensity scaling is respected by automatically adjusting colors, in such a way that the first color be the darkest (or lightest) and the last be the lightest (or darkest). This is useful when figures have to be printed out or photocopied in grayscale.
 
When using this option, n-th intensity I(n) is expressed by I(n) = I(1) + (I(256)-I(1))*((n-1)/255)^NUM. When NUM = 1, then the scaling is linear (as in colormap(gray)). 1.2 can be a good compromise between color map and intensity scale. You can check how it looks in intensity (black and white) by exporting a figure to a black/white eps format.
 
You can also create an m-script like
%%%%%%
function C = mycolor
C = usercolormap([0 0 0],[1 0 0],[1 1 1]);

%%%%%%
and call this colormap by 'colormap(mycolor)'.

(Example 1)
color1 = [1 0 0];
color2 = [1 1 1];
color3 = [0 0 1];
figure;
colormap(usercolormap(color1,color2,color3)),colorbar;
 
(Example 2)
color1 = [0 0 0];
color2 = [1 0 0];
color3 = [0.2 0.2 1];
color4 = [1 1 0];
color5 = [1 1 1];
figure;
C = usercolormap(color1,color2,color3,color4,color5,1);
colormap(C),colorbar;

Acknowledgements

This file inspired Xy 3 D Density Plot (For Two Class Data) and Shaded Correlation Table.

MATLAB release MATLAB 5.3.1 (R11.1)
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Comments and Ratings (8)
16 Aug 2012 maryline bawedin

Problem with the intensity factor. Produce negative values inside the colormap.
Tried with the following example:
color1 = [1 1 0.7];
color2 = [1 0.8 0];
color3 = [1 0 0];
color4 = [0.4 0 0];
TestMap=usercolormap(color1,color2,color3,color4,1.2)

26 Feb 2008 Fred De Masi

Great! Cheers!

12 Dec 2006 Matthias Moosmann

Perfect! Exactly what I was looking for!
Thanks!

09 Nov 2006 Carlos Adrián Vargas Aguilera

Great, and agree with Lupita (nice name)!

06 Nov 2006 Lupita Marquez

Good, i improved it by setting the input as a matriz with 3 columns, and with the size of the map as a varargin (default 256).

22 Nov 2005 Tom Williams

Very useful, especially the intensity interpolation figure. How about including the ability to generate a colormap of arbitrary size?

11 Oct 2005 Megha Jain

The program was really good but what should i do to exploit its full functionality

11 Apr 2005 Pierre Tinard  

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