Color Space

Mathematica lets you specify and use colors from three different color space models: RGB, CMYK, or HSB. However, finding just the color you need is not always easy, especially when a colored background or the cross effects with additional styling options need to be considered. This Demonstration lets you explore these three color space models and a few of Mathematica's graphics options. This should make it useful not only for your own work with Mathematica, but also for many other color-related questions. Select a part of color space that you would like to see, and choose between a representation of the colors on cubes or spheres to see the affect of the colors on flat and curved surfaces. Specify options such as opacity, lighting, and specularity as well as the background color. Click one of the cubes or spheres to display its color code and adjust the items in the bottom row, rendered in the color and settings you chose.


  • [Snapshot]
  • [Snapshot]
  • [Snapshot]
  • [Snapshot]


Use the "coordinate" buttons to display only colors with a certain value for one of the directions and the "range" buttons for all colors up to this value.
You can rotate the plot using the mouse, but you need to click an empty part of the plot area because all spheres or cubes are buttons.
If graphics are slow on your computer, try to keep opacity at 100%, especially when displaying larger portions of color space.
    • Share:

Embed Interactive Demonstration New!

Just copy and paste this snippet of JavaScript code into your website or blog to put the live Demonstration on your site. More details »

Files require Wolfram CDF Player or Mathematica.

Mathematica »
The #1 tool for creating Demonstrations
and anything technical.
Wolfram|Alpha »
Explore anything with the first
computational knowledge engine.
MathWorld »
The web's most extensive
mathematics resource.
Course Assistant Apps »
An app for every course—
right in the palm of your hand.
Wolfram Blog »
Read our views on math,
science, and technology.
Computable Document Format »
The format that makes Demonstrations
(and any information) easy to share and
interact with.
STEM Initiative »
Programs & resources for
educators, schools & students.
Computerbasedmath.org »
Join the initiative for modernizing
math education.
Step-by-Step Solutions »
Walk through homework problems one step at a time, with hints to help along the way.
Wolfram Problem Generator »
Unlimited random practice problems and answers with built-in step-by-step solutions. Practice online or make a printable study sheet.
Wolfram Language »
Knowledge-based programming for everyone.
Powered by Wolfram Mathematica © 2018 Wolfram Demonstrations Project & Contributors  |  Terms of Use  |  Privacy Policy  |  RSS Give us your feedback
Note: To run this Demonstration you need Mathematica 7+ or the free Mathematica Player 7EX
Download or upgrade to Mathematica Player 7EX
I already have Mathematica Player or Mathematica 7+