Colormaps

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ParaView's xml colormap file format

You can create an xml file like this:

<ColorMap name="Consistency" space="RGB">
<Point x="-1.000" o="1" r="0.0" g="0.0" b="0.0"/>
<Point x="0.000" o="1" r="0.0" g="1.0" b="0.0"/>
<Point x="1.000" o="1" r="1.0" g="0.0" b="0.0"/>
</ColorMap>

which specifies that values=-1 should be black (rgb=(0,0,0)), values at 0 should be green, and values at 1 should be red. You can then click "Edit color map" -> "Choose preset" -> "Import", select the new xml file, and you will see the colors are interpolated along the new color axis you have defined.

Writing a Matlab color map to xml

The following Matlab function writes a Matlab named color map to the Paraview xml color map format. The argument to be passed in is the name of the colormap (default is 'jet').

function [] = paraview_color_space(scheme)
  if (exist('scheme') ~= 1), scheme='jet'; end
  colors = eval(scheme);
  N = length(colors);
  fid = fopen([scheme '.xml'], 'w');
  fprintf(fid, '<ColorMap name="%s" space="HSV">\n', scheme);
  for i=1:N
      x = [(i-1)/(N-1); colors(i,:)'];
      fprintf(fid, '  <Point x="%f" o="1" r="%f" g="%f" b="%f"/>\n', x);
  end
  fwrite(fid, '</ColorMap>');
  fclose(fid);
end