# [Tex/LaTex] pgfplots – surf – Standard color schemes

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Are there standard color schemes defined for surface plots of pgfplots?

Like the summer, winter, jet etc.. of Matlab.

Matlab colormap

There are a lot of standard colormaps defined in PGFPlots. For that have a look at at the PGFPlots manual (v1.14)

• section "Predefined Colormaps" which is a subsection of section 4.7.6 on page 194,
• section 5.3 Colormaps on page 419, which is the description of the library with the same name and provides colormaps of the free Matlab package "SC -- powerful image rendering" of Oliver Woodford, and
• section 5.2 ColorBrewer which shows how to access the famous colormaps from http://colorbrewer2.org.

Of course you can also create your own colormaps either from scratch or combine colormaps from already existing ones or newly created. Here I present an example which is copied from the manual

\documentclass[border=5pt]{standalone}
\usepackage{pgfplots}
\pgfplotsset{
compat=1.14,
}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\begin{axis}[
view={0}{90},
colormap={whiteblue}{color=(blue) color=(white)},
colormap={gb}{color=(green) color=(yellow)
color=(brown)},
colorbar horizontal,
colorbar style={minor x tick num=1},
y dir=reverse,
]
%  The table file is packed into the archive
% doc/latex/pgfplots/pgfplots.doc.src.tar.bz2'
contour filled={
levels from colormap={
of colormap={
whiteblue,
target pos max=,
target pos={-12000,-10000,-6000,
-5000,-3000,-1000,-750,-500,
-250,-100,-50,0}
},
of colormap={
gb,
target pos min=,
target pos={10,100,200,500,1000,
1100,1200, 1500,2000,4000,
6000,8000}
},
},
},
] table {heightmap.dat};
\end{axis}
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}
`