1.18 FAQ-130 How do I define custom colors?

Last Update: 1/11/2021


From the Format and Style toolbars as well as the Plot Details dialog (anywhere you set the color of a layer element, whether it is the color of the value in a worksheet cell or the color of a scatter point on a graph), you can define a custom color.

For example, if you want to define a custom color for text, you could click the down arrow of the Font Color button on the Format toolbar to expose the Color Chooser; then, click on the blank color well containing the "+" sign, to open the Color dialog.

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Define the Colors

After opening the Color Chooser, click on the Single tab. Under Custom, click a blank color well to open the Colors dialog, then click on the Custom tab. Here, you can define colors in one of three ways:

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  1. Manipulate the cross-hair and slider to pick a color.
  2. Click the eyedropper tool, then click on the desired color in another portion of your workspace.
  3. Enter the value of RGB, HSL or HEX of color in edit boxes.
  4. Finish by providing a Name to the custom color (optional).


Finish by clicking OK; or click Add to Custom to add a color without closing the dialog.

Detect Colors

Click the Select... button Button Color Dialog Select.png to enable the eyedropper. When the cursor becomes an eyedropper, you can click any portion of your workspace to pick up a color.

Fine-tune Colors from Built-in Colors

The slider can help you to get a similar color but with a different tint or intensity from built-in palettes. For example, if you want to fine-tune the last color of palette D02 Maple, you can:

  1. Click to select D02 Maple in the drop-down list of More colors.
  2. Click to select the last color that you want to fine-tune in palettes
  3. Open the Color Chooser once again, and click a blank color well in Custom group to open Color dialog with previously selected color
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  4. Use the slider to get the new color.
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    Note: These custom colors then become available throughout Origin. They are saved locally, but also get saved with the project or window. Thus, when someone else views the project on a different computer, they too will see the color you assigned.



    Keywords:Custom color, RGB, HSL, HEX

    Minimum Origin Version Required: Origin 2017