My system: Windows 10, Mathematica 11.2, MikTeX 2.9

I am in the process of learning more about the features of Szabolcs Horvát's nice paclet. This time I am toying with the color choices for the produced text. I have this (questionably) bright idea to match the colors of components of a figure with the accompanying MaTeX-outputs. Unfortunately the sets of available colors don't quite match.

After the start

In[1]:=<< MaTeX`
In[2]:=SetOptions[MaTeX, "Preamble" -> {"\\usepackage{color}"}]

many things work splendidly. But the input

In[3]:=Graphics[Text[MaTeX["\\color{orange}{\\bf{x}^\\perp}", FontSize -> 16], {2, 1.3}]];

gives the error message saying that the color orange is not defined. Hardly a surprise given that a bit of digging reveals that orange is not available in the prescribed LaTeX-package.

If I were writing either LaTeX or Mathematica code I would know what to do. In Mathematica I would use RGBColor with appropriate parameters. In LaTeX I would try something like \definecolor{grey}{rgb}{0.8, 0.8, 0.8} to define a color in a macro.

How can I do this with MaTeX?

  • load a different TeX-package, which?
  • define the desired color by inserting a macro, how?

1 Answer 1


I was at my dullest. Or, if not that, mostly oblivious to what the In[2] command in the snippet from the question body does.

Apparently it is possible to pass several LaTeX-commands within the preamble. A bit of testing shows that

     "Preamble" -> {"\\usepackage{color}", 

does exactly what you might wistfully hope it would :-)

  • $\begingroup$ Also magenta may be more distinguishable from red than orange, and hence a better choice. $\endgroup$ Jan 22, 2021 at 6:46
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    $\begingroup$ Mathematica also uses the range $[0, 1]$ in RGBColor, as well as most other constructs. $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Jan 22, 2021 at 10:31

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