1.18 FAQ-130 How do I define custom colors?

Last Update: 7/2/2018


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 the text, you can click the down arrow of Font Color on the Format toolbar to expand the Color Chooser, and then click a blank color well to open Color dialog.

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Instead of picking up a color directly in the built-in colormap, you can use any of the following features for selecting color:

Define the Colors

You can manually enter color codes, such as RGB, HSL or HEX , in the their edit boxes to define a color directly.

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Detect Colors

You can click Select... buttonButton Color Dialog Select.png to enable the eyedropper. When the cursor turn into an eyedropper, you can click any portion of your workspace to pick up a color you desired.

Fine-tune Colors from Build-in Colors

Slider can help you to get a similar color but with a different tint or intensity from build-in palettes. For example, if you want to fine-tune the last color of palettes 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 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