[Chimera-users] color a residue

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Tue Sep 5 10:02:48 PDT 2006

Hi Xuehong,
I am guessing you are showing both ribbons and atoms/bonds (the  
sidechains) and want to change the color of both the ribbon and the  
atoms/bonds of the selected residue(s).

Besides the  Actions... Target setting, there is also a coloring  
target setting in Actions... Color.  Make sure that you have it set  
to Actions... Color... all of the above.  Then, to color both the  
atoms/bonds and ribbon of a residue of interest, there are some  

- select the whole residue, keep the default  Target (Actions...  
Target... selected atoms/bonds), use Actions... Color... [pick a color]
- select one atom or bond in the residue, set the Target to "selected  
residues" and use Actions... Color as above

If you only want to change the ribbon color, not the atoms/bonds  
colors, change the coloring target to Actions... Color... ribbons  
before coloring.  I recommend changing it back to "all of the above"  
right after that.

I personally never change the Target from the default of "selected  
atoms/bonds" (because changing it can be confusing) and instead  
change my selection to include everything I want to act on before  
applying an Action.  If you only have one atom or bond in the residue  
selected, one way to promote the selection to the whole residue is to  
press the up arrow key (may need to click in the graphics window first).

I hope this helps,

On Sep 1, 2006, at 10:27 AM, Xuehong Liu wrote:

> Hi, I chose the target as "selected residues", then selected the  
> residue I want to put certain color on, but only a bond color was  
> changed when I did that.  However, if I did not select a residue,  
> then the color option will change the color for the whole helix  
> selected.
> thank
> Xuehong
> Xuehong Liu, Ph.D
> Research Assistant Professor
> Department of Physiology/Pharmacology
> Oregon Health & Science University
> 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd. L334
> Portland, OR 97239
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Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D.                          meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
UCSF Computer Graphics Lab and Babbitt Lab
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

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