[Chimera-users] Color Key

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Thu Apr 23 09:32:05 PDT 2009

Dear Mingjun,
Oh, now I see -- you want a color key!  Yes, you can do that in  
Chimera:  choose Tools... Utilities... Color Key.  In that dialog you  
can set the colors and the value labels.  You can click and drag with  
the mouse to draw the key in the Chimera window.  If you need more  
text, you can add it with 2D Labels, which is another tab on the same  
dialog as Color Key.

Here is the full description:

and here is an example image with both Color Key and 2D Labels:

You would add that stuff while you are still in Chimera, and then  
when you save the image, it will be included.  You might also be  
interested in this page on "tips" for making images:

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 Apr 23, 2009, at 12:18 AM, YangMingjun wrote:

> Dear Professor,
>    Thanks so much. I am the first time to use Chimera so I am sorry  
> that if my questions seem to be too simple...  Sorry that I didn't  
> describe my question clearly in last post.
> I had got the figure of 20 frames which are colored by using the  
> command "rainbow models red, blue". Then I saved the figure with  
> the file name a.png. Now I'd like to use the color range to denote  
> each frame in the paper, e.g. color range from red to blue gradual  
> changes corresponds to colors used by model 1 to 20 in the saved  
> figure. Since I don't know what is the name it is should be called  
> in English language, I send you an example in the attachment.
> Many thanks.
> Mingjun

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