1.16 FAQ-128 Can I use external color palette files to apply color to my plots?

Last Update: 7/5/2018

Origin ships with a number of built-in palette (.PAL) files that can be used to apply color to color-mapped plots such as contour plots, to grouped plots, and to plots where graph elements (e.g. data points) are mapped to data values from another column.

You can add your own palette files to Origin. Origin supports both Microsoft binary .PAL and JASC ASCII .PAL files. The tools below allow you to browse to and apply an external .PAL file to the current plot.

  1. The color Palette button Button Palette.png on the Style toolbar
  2. The Color Chooser controls in the Plot Details dialog
  3. The Apply Palette dialog accessible from the Graph: Apply Palette to ColorMap menu item.


If you want to add this .PAL file to your Origin software, you need to copy the .PAL file to your <User Files Folder>\Palettes\ folder (If the folder does not exist, you will need to create it). Your palette file will now appear in any list of palettes in your Origin software.

My added palette file.png

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