[Chimera-users] question about Chimera

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Sun Apr 9 09:42:04 PDT 2017

Hi Richard,
Of course you can color and show/hide individual residues and atoms in Chimera.  Otherwise it would not be very useful!!  It is probably the first thing to learn, and there are many different ways depending on your style of working.  

The two main approaches are:
- “select” the residue, which outlines it in green, and then use the Actions menu to do something to your selection 
-  use commands like “color” and “display” specifying the residue directly by residue number and chain (show Command Line from Favorites menu)

However, there are many ways to select a residue, including with Ctrl-click in the graphics window or a command or in the Sequence window, and conversely, you can act on the current selection with commands too. You should take a look at the “getting started” tutorial, which has two sections with examples of these two general approaches.  

There are lots of other tutorials too:

I hope this helps,
Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D.                       
UCSF Computer Graphics Lab (Chimera team) and Babbitt Lab
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

> On Apr 8, 2017, at 2:34 PM, Richard Collins <rcollins at sickkids.ca> wrote:
> Hello
> I would like to highlight certain residues of interest in my molecule, preferably by colorizing them in Chimera.  Is there a way to do this?
> Richard Collins

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