Re: [R] Ploting graphics using X tints from a color

From: Roger Bivand <>
Date: Wed 14 Dec 2005 - 18:58:34 EST

On Tue, 13 Dec 2005, SÚrgio Nunes wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm trying to draw a 2D plot using multiple tints of red. The
> (simplified) setup is the following: || year | x | y ||
> My idea is that each year is plotted with a different tint of red.
> Older year (lightest) -> Later year (darkest). I've managed to plot
> this with different scales of grays simply by doing:

There have been other replies using rgb and hsv colour spaces directly, but the new colorRamp and colorRampPalette functions iare worth mentioning because they pack those solutions into a general framework:

years <- 1:20
plot(years, pch=19, col=grey(length(years):0/length(years)))

redPalette <- colorRampPalette(c("white", "red")) plot(years, pch=19, col=redPalette(length(years)))

and the grey values can be reconstructed by:

greyPalette <- colorRampPalette(c("white", "black")) plot(years, pch=19, col=greyPalette(length(years)))

with some values differing by 1 RGB unit. I've found colorRampPalette() very flexible, and that it supplements RColorBrewer well, so that intermediate colours can be interpolated for those palettes:

redPalette <- colorRampPalette(brewer.pal(5, "Reds")) plot(years, pch=19, col=redPalette(length(years)))

for a touch more tomato (subjectively) in the red.

> palette(gray(length(years):0/length(years)))
> before the plot and for each year the color used is a different tint of gray.
> So, is there any way to do this for any color?
> Any tip or advice?
> With this, I hope to visualize patterns in my dataset more easily.
> Thanks in advance for any help.
> Best regards,
> SÚrgio Nunes
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Roger Bivand
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