Built-in color maps
Different color maps are appropriate for different situations:
- sequential maps data in to a linear range (when it doesn’t fall in to one of the more specific categories below).
- diverging maps data in to a linear range, where the center value is “neutral” and the endpoints of the range are opposite and symmetric. Examples include a rate of change, or a residual; in both cases
0semantially means “nothing”, and the endpoints have opposite meaning.
- cyclic maps data defined on the circle, like an angle
- decorative maps should generally not be used to encode numerical data, but may be useful for other visualization purposes
Polyscope supports the following built-in color maps:
Loading custom color maps
Custom colormaps can be loaded at runtime from image files and used anywhere colormaps are used. Loading can be performed with the UI from
[Appearance] --> [Color maps] --> [Load color map], or programatically using the function below. The input should be a horizontally-oriented image file like the one below; the centermost row of pixels will be read to generate the color map. Most common image formats are accepted (anyting
stb_image can read).
Load a new colormap from the image file
filename, which will be assigned the name
import polyscope as ps ps.load_color_map("fancy cmap", "my_cmap.png")