From: John Stone (johns_at_ks.uiuc.edu)
Date: Thu Sep 19 2019 - 09:37:44 CDT

You can overwrite the default VMD color scales with anything you want
using a trivial script. I attach an example script that reproduces
the standard matlab color scales/gradients. Let me know if you have
questions on using it or adapting it for the color scales you want to use.

Best,
  John Stone
  vmd_at_ks.uiuc.edu

On Thu, Sep 19, 2019 at 09:26:14AM -0500, Thomas Sommerfeld wrote:
> OK, I admit, not so much a question, more a wish for a feature in the next
> version.
> If I color a volume, say a density, using the color method "volume", I
> have the choice between 12 colormaps. The graphics look great, but all 12
> colormaps are "dividing" (intended for some -a ... a range).
> What I need currently, and I should think would be useful in general, is
> (1) uniform colormaps, such as viridis or plasma (for ranges 0 ... a),
> because my property may be an absolute value.
> (2) cyclic colormaps, such as hsv (for ranges 0 ... 2*pi), to map phases,
> molecules in magnetic fields, or just to draw psi_211 for PCHEM class.
> (3) colormaps like jet or rainbow, because I know many people who prefer
> them over (1) or (2) for some reason. Well I use them myself for pH, but
> not for volumes.
> Thanks for considering,
> Thomas
>

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