From: John Stone (
Date: Sun May 06 2018 - 21:13:55 CDT

  You can make VMD use any color scale you want, but before you run with
this and use a rainbow color scheme, you should first read this discussion
by Ken Moreland:

There are many discussions about choosing color maps well, but the
consensus in the visualization community is that many of
the most colorful "rainbow" style color maps have had a tendency to
cause more harm than good in terms of correct interpretation.

I attach an example script that emulates the built-in Matlab color
scales, but as I say above, you should think about what color scale
you want to use and why it's a good choice for whatever you're
trying to do.

  John Stone

On Sat, May 05, 2018 at 02:49:09PM +0000, McGuire, Kelly wrote:
> Wondering if the rainbow spectrum color scheme in PyMOL is possible in
> VMD? Looks like they use a python script so I'm guessing that is possible
> in VMD too. Here is the link:

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