The property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way it reflects or emits light

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What is the best colour-ramp to use for elevation?

This is maybe rather subjective as it concerns style, but I would like to have a few decent colour ramps for my DEM when it is layed over my hill-shading. I have created the Swiss hillshade model as ...
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Eye-friendly colours for long periods of work

Apologies if this question doesn't fit the rules here. I am digitising a large amount of remote footways and I will be panning, zooming a lot and I've done 2 days on this so far and always get quite ...
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Color palette conventions

I wonder if there is a "unified" source for map color conventions, that GIS map builders are encouraged to follow? EDIT To clear up my question a bit. I'm more interested in the color <-with ...
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Are there any convenient sources of color palettes to use in ArcGIS software while producing maps?

Are there any convenient sources of color palettes to use in ArcGIS software while producing maps?
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Raster legend in R: how to colour specific values?

I have an elevation model plotted in R r <- raster("example.dem") plot(r, col = topo.colors(20)) Some of the values are below sea level (0), and I'd like to have those display in red. How can ...
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How to automatically set polygons borders to improve map readability when rendering thematic maps?

When mapping an value as a color to render a thematic map the objects borders can alter the map readability a lot. For example in this thematic map of the US counties with black borders: There are a ...
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Is there a method to have the colour of a label automatically match the colour of the polygon indicated in the symbology tab?

My job requires that I produce several print maps every day, for a variety of different users. It is usually pretty straight-forward, but sometimes I have to make a map that uses rather ...
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How to ensure uniform colour for DEMs?

This is a silly question, but one I've been trying to figure out for a while. I have two Aster DEM tiles, one next to the other. How do I ensure uniform colour for both?
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How to use ColorBrewer in ArcGIS 10?

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 ...
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How to apply the four colors theorem in a polygon map in ArcGIS/ArcToolBox automatcally?

I need to apply the four colors theorem in a polygonal shape in a way that I do not need to choose manually each color to put in each region. I wish to knows if there is any extension, plug-in, script ...
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How to modify the colors of a raster map to use only one color in varying shades?

I have a raster map in GRASS containing elevation values. I want to display the elevation values in only one color (specificaly blue) but in varying shades of blue. I tried the options in r.colors, ...
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How to change DEM's gradient colour?

I'm a newbie about GIS. I'm from Italy and I've got a *.tif file of my region. I've loaded it has raster but I have a question: The dem has a gradient colour magenta. How change this colour to ...
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Black & White / Greyscale Maps and Illustrations

I think greyscale maps & illustrations (with geographic data) seem to be abandoned and the colour maps are mostly used nowadays. This is understandable and personally I also need less time to ...
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How can I generate a range of pantones for a map?

When I am given a map (or make one...) I often like to get an idea of the range of colours present. One thing this does is it allows me to quickly visualize contrast (helps build maps for colour blind ...
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How to create a color ramp in ArcGIS10 where the zero value is represented by white?

I have a simple problem which (to me) seems to be difficult to solve in ArcGIS. The map I plot is a GeoTIFF with emission data. I use a default algorithmic color ramp (rainbow) to do so. Now I would ...
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phong lighting scheme in arcmap?

I have seen a few DEM/hillshades in published journal articles that use a phong lighting scheme which gives surfaces a metallic luster. Does anyone know how/if this can be achieved in arcmap?
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Why do CMYK colours in ArcMap not match those in Adobe products?

I'm creating a map in ArcMap, based on a style guide which specifies colours in CMYK notation. So I've set the colours in ArcMap's color selector. The layer has no transparency set, and is the only ...
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How to convert ArcMap color ramps to QGIS?

I have both ArcGIS 10.0 and QGIS 2.0 How can I reproduce a specific ArcGIS color ramp in QGIS? If possible, I would like to simply convert the Esri *.style file but perhaps there is another ...
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How to give multiple colors to features within a single shapefile?

I want to give multiple colors to different features within a shapefile based on attribute values , is this possible in QGIS ? If yes what is the procedure ? Is there a way to provide color by means ...
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Halo use background color

As you see on the attached image, I labeled contour lines on the map (in meter). Which function will allow the "halo" to take the background color of the map? On the image, the halo is greenish which ...
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How do I combine bands in a tiff then convert to grayscale?

I have a large mosaic of tiffs in which I need to do the following: -Combine bands 4,3,2, for an infrared image then convert the image to grayscale without producing another dataset -This is easy on ...
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How to pansharpen LANDSAT 8 in GRASS?

Having used QGIS for quite some time for mapping, I was 'forced' to dig into GRASS as pansharpening is not directly executable in QGIS. After understanding more or less the structure, I did some ...
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How to create a colormap where colors diverge at value 0 in QGIS?

I calculated a raster as difference of two other rasters. Now I want to create a colormap where one colour represents negative values and one colour positive ones. The two colours should become ...
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Recoloring geotiff for visual presentation

I have a rather big Geotiff. It is the mosaic of four RapidEye satellite images. They are all a bit bland/grayish. When combined I would like to freshen up their colors so that they are more visually ...
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How to create a map colored by distance to nearest point in R

I'm new to GIS and R-- hope this question makes sense. I have a dataframe(geo07) containing two variables that record the long/lat values for about 6000 points (mat_long & mat_lat). These ...
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How to color-code geology maps with given CMYK colors?

I'm trying to understand whether it is possible to corectly display colours in British Geological Survey maps. Our client has a licence to use the shapefiles but unfortunately BGS don't provide SDL ...
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Make selected polygon a different color without covering everything

Working in ArcGIS 9.3 I'm selecting polygons by attributes and trying to have the selection show up as a light yellow. I set the selection color to the light yellow and it's the 'lowest/last' layer ...
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Labels with white (or other color) background

I tried to give my labels somekind of box and a backgroundcolor (or boxcolor) in QGIS, but i couldnt find the right option. My labels are not readable because my layers are too dark. I found offset ...
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How to change the color of vector layer of QGIS in api?

I'm using QGIS-2.4.0 api to develop app in C++. When I add a vector layer to the app, the vector map's color would be random. I used QgsFeatureRendererV2 to get the geometry type of the layer, my ...
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How can I apply stretch in ArcGIS 10 Image Analysis Window?

I need to apply stretch to ArcGIS 10.1 exported raster. The best way to accomplish this task: Image Analysis Window, because there are fine tools to equalize raster data. 1 - This is my IRS-P6 24m ...
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ImageMagick's convert program changes PNG file format so that color/alpha info doesn't survive GDAL

It appears that ImageMagick's convert program changes something in my PNG file that causes GDAL processing to mess up the color and/or transparency bands. My original PNG file gets processed ...
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Standard Colors for Landcover Maps

I have classified Landsat images into five classes - A variety of Palm, Water bodies, built-up/open area, other vegetation and miscellaneous. I used GRASS GIS for the process and the final classified ...
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What defines a Class in the Heat map plugin?

What defines a Class in the Heat map plugin? As in: "Black holes like that are usually caused by raster values exceeding the range of the color ramp. Try adding another class with a higher associated ...
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color gradient (or color ramp) in Arcgis and Qgis

I am currently working on my thesis and I would like to ask you: does anybody know the mathematical formula that calculates the color gradient in Arcgis and Qgis? In other words, which mathematical ...
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How to save colour (color) ramps in QGIS

This strikes me that it should be simple, but efforts in QGIS and research here and elsewhere are not providing a solution. I have a (vector) map which I have to mark out in colours according to the ...
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How to create a map with states by attribute value?

I'm using Qgis, but I am quite familiar with R and python. So I could use any of these. I want a map of mexico but want to color the stats according to a certain variable. It goes from 0 to 100. So ...
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How do I use ranges for raster colour map in QGIS

I have a raster layer in GeoTIFF format, with continuous data values between -1 and +1. For the colour map, I would like... >0 to be green = 0 to be grey <0 to -0.25 to be pink <-0.25 to ...
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Looking for a colormap for SRTM like OCM Landscape

In Quantum GIS there's an OpenLayers plugin. I would very much like to use the same colormap/scheme/theme used in the OCM Landscape layer and apply it to SRTM image I have. I checked the the open ...
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How to match colours in already mosaiced single image?

I have an already mosaiced image for a large area. I need to match colours in this single image. I do not have each image separately. I just have this large single image downloaded from GLS. How can I ...
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How to programmatically change raster symbology after reclassification?

I have created a code in Python that I will use for a custom tool in ArcGIS, the code will create a Eucledian Distance of 6000m around a point and Reclassify the distance from 0-2000, 2000-4000, ...
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Website, tool or app to produce colored map of the United States?

Does anyone know of a website, Windows program or iOS app that has a clickable map of the United States and colors in the states that are clicked on? Looking to produce a map of states I have visited ...
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How can I apply correct colours to an elevation raster?

I have a problem to display elevation data with pseudocolours. The channel 1 is from -3.40282e+38 to 149.717 . A colleague used 1.7. and it looks like it should (from blue to Red) when I use QGis 1.8 ...
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Sort colors from light red to dark red

I have the following png image displaying tanker traffic density: The colors are from dark red to light red, dark red means 'lowest density' and light red means 'highest density'. For example, the ...
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Is there any systematic way to pick two colors for a chloropleth showing a candidate's margin of victory

I have a simple 2-color map showing which candidates won in which precinct. Now I want to make one showing margin of victory within a precinct. So if candidate A won by a lot it would be dark green, ...
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Is there a way to quick change the outline color of a polygon in ArcGIS 10 without open the “Symbol Selector” window?

Sei que é possível alterar a cor de um preenchimento clicando com o botão direito na caixa do símbolo de qualquer layer e aí basta escolher uma com simples. Tem como alterar o contorno do polígono ...
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How do I create a negative to positive value raster with neutral 0?

I have a raster layer with a band with values from -137 to 9229. I want to create a color scheme showing how far from 0 the positive numbers are in one color, and how far from zero the negative ...
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gdal_translate produces tif with different colors as original

I am using SDE as my raster data source with the ultimate goal to tile this dataset: I am running the following gdal_translate command to generate the initial VRT: gdal_translate -projwin 390605 ...
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How to change the color of a vector layer in pyQGIS?

Is it possible to change the color while adding a vector layer? I have a vecot layer with water areas and want to load it with a blue color. The layer is added with: ...
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Special background layer not coloring in Kartograph map

I'm testing out Kartograph according to the documentation and a linked gist. Both my US and non-US layers color correctly, but I can not get the special "sea" layer to fill. I found an example here ...
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How to keep (complex) color table when exporting from GRASS

I understand how to work with color tables within GRASS - but is there any way to preserve color tables when opening the raster in a different program? For example, I created a color table in GRASS ...