[Chimera-users] 1HLA- how to make ribbon image?

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Tue Sep 30 09:49:51 PDT 2008

Hi David,
Basic display tasks can be done with the menu or with commands.  For  
example, using the menu, you can show ribbons with "Actions...  
Ribbon... show" and hide the atoms and bonds with "Actions... Atoms/ 
Bonds... hide"  Besides hiding/showing, these menus also have options  
for what style is used to show the ribbons and atoms.

If you don't have anything selected, the Actions menu just works on  
the whole structure.  If you select something (Ctrl-click on an atom  
or bond, then hit up arrow on keyboard to promote that selection to  
whole residues), the Actions will apply just to what is selected.

You might also want to try the options in the Presets menu.

There are also commands to do these same things, and in commands you  
can give residue numbers and chain IDs, for example:
rlabel :43.a,145.b,180.b
color red :30-55

It sounds like you are just starting out with Chimera, and may want to  
take a look at the "getting started" tutorials. Choosing "Help...  
Tutorials" in the Chimera menu will open a browser window with links  
to the tutorials.  Also, the Chimera Web site has a more comprehensive  
"getting started" tutorial:

You can also search the manual for various topics by choosing "Help...  
Search Documentation" from the Chimera menu.
I hope this helps,
Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D.                          meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
UCSF Computer Graphics Lab (Chimera team) and Babbitt Lab
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

On Sep 29, 2008, at 3:47 PM, Edelshtein, David wrote:

> Hello,
> I am an ITL researcher, I use chimera for making a ribbon image of  
> 1HLA molecule, and I need to mark specific residues, (by the number/ 
> position).  So far, I am unsuccessful in converting wire style to  
> the ribbon style. Please let me know if you can help, advice or  
> direct me to required info.
> David, Edelshtein SRA II UCSF ITL

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