Tol colors

Version 1.0.1 (3.12 KB) by Nans Bujan
Creates a palette with up to 12 colors that are easy to distinct everywhere (print, screen, B&W), for everyone (color-blindness) and pretty.
Updated 3 Feb 2019

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The colors created by Paul Tol at SRON are good for publication-quality figures:
- distinct for all people, including color-blind readers
- distinct from black and white
- distinct on screen and paper
- still match well together

ptc6 calls up to 6 RGB colors.
use ptc12 if more colors are needed (up to 12).

ptc6(n) % n is the number of distinct colors
(a light gray is added at n+1)

plot(1:10,sin(1:10),'Color', TOLC(1,:))
hold on
plot(1:10,sin((1:10)+1),'Color', TOLC(2,:))

To visualize each scheme of color selected, add 'check' to the function:
ptc6(3, 'check') % displays the 3 colors on a figure

Cite As

Nans Bujan (2024). Tol colors (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2017a
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
Windows macOS Linux

Inspired: Maximally Distinct Color Generator

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