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I've been using ColorTool (based on supreme ColorBrewer) for most of my mapping needs in ArcMap. After migrating to ArcGIS 10 I discovered that it will no longer be a case.

Are there any other options to include ColorBrewer palettes in ArcGIS 10?

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There was recently a blog post by the ESRI mapping center on Color tools in general that may be of interest, . Although hopefully celenius's workaround will suffice, I don't doubt one could save a few custom formats to suffice most needs. – Andy W Feb 23 '11 at 19:17
neither of these solutions works. – user18361 May 21 '13 at 14:52
up vote 7 down vote accepted

If you only need color scheme of ColorBrewer, is a workaround while waiting for new update of ColorTool.

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Excellent - exactly what I needed :] – radek Feb 24 '11 at 10:59

National Cancer Institute have not updated the excellent ColorTool for ArcGIS to ArcMap 10 yet:suggest that an email request sent to the ColorTool Technical Support:

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From a previous comment I made: I emailed the developers ( and received the response: "The current installer does not fully succeed in ArcMap 10 environments, however you can manually add the "ColorToolPro9_2.0.tlb" from the installation location (usually c:\program files\NCI GIS Tools\colortool) to add the command to a toolbar. " Which I suppose is a satisfactory workaround.

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Hi, I tried VietTanh Le's approach but I want this toolbar to work to avoid cluttering of color maps. Did this work for you? I went to Cutomize->Toolbars and then "add from file" and it says ColorTool9 NC_Toolbar are added but I couldnt find it in either of toolbar list or command list – yosukesabai Jan 1 '12 at 1:03
This thread is a bit old but I encountered the same result. "Add from file", window popped up saying toolbar had been loaded but was unable to find it in list of toolbars or commands. – Kstoney Apr 9 '13 at 19:18

If you're not completely wedded to ArcGIS, QGIS has really nice custom color ramp capabilities for both vector and raster.

Useful info:


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