July 16th, 2012 | 32 Comments
Sometimes it can be helpful to visualize a third dimension by the color of the line in the plot. For example in Fig. 1 you see a logarithmic sweep going from 0 Hz to 100 Hz. Here the frequency is decoded by the color of the line.
This can be easily achieved by adding a
lc palette to the plot command, which uses the values specified in the third row of the data file.
plot 'logarithmic_sweep.txt' u 1:2:3 w l lc palette
The palette can be defined as shown in the Multiple lines with different colors entry. But it can be set in a more easy way, by only setting the start and end color and calculating the colors in between. Therefore, we are picking the two hue values in GIMP (the H entry in Fig. 2 and Fig. 3) for the starting and ending color.
These colors are then used to specify the palette in HSV mode. The S and V values can also directly be seen in GIMP.
# start value for H h1 = 117/360.0 # end value for H h2 = 227/360.0 # creating the palette by specifying H,S,V set palette model HSV functions (1-gray)*(h2-h1)+h1,1,0.68