Can I approximating the following Tex style color function with Hue function(or other functions):

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I tried to use Hue:

 r {Cos[\[Theta]], Sin[\[Theta]]}, {\[Theta], 0, 2 \[Pi]}, {r, 0, 1},
 ColorFunction -> 
  Function[{x, y, \[Theta], r}, Hue@Max[(1 - 2 r), 0]], Axes -> None]

But result is not what I want, notice that the color in the center is same as the outer ring:

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This is because the color of Hue[0] is same as Hue[1]. This cause some problems to me, because I have some function value changed from 0 to 1 smoothly, I don't want same color in both side.

  • $\begingroup$ The TeX colorfunction looks a lot like the Matlab default 'Jet', which is implemented in the accepted answer here $\endgroup$
    – N.J.Evans
    Jul 19, 2021 at 13:28

2 Answers 2


Hue uses the HSB color space which is a cylindrical transformation of the RGB color space. Like you say, this means that Hue[0] and Hue[1] are both red, which is why you get the same colors in the center and outer ring. You'll want to change your ColorFunction to go from about Hue[0.7] for blue in the outer ring to Hue[0] in the inner ring.

You can do Table[Hue[h], {h, 0, 1, .05}] to get an idea of the color space.

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The current ColorFunction you're using looks like

Plot[Max[(1 - 2 r), 0], {r, 0, 1}, ColorFunction -> Function[r, Hue[Max[(1 - 2 r), 0]]], PlotStyle -> Thickness[0.01]] 


so the outer ring is Hue[0] which is red. You want something instead like

Plot[Piecewise[{{2 (r - .3 r), r < .5}, {.7, r >= .5}}], {r, 0, 1}, ColorFunction -> Function[r, Hue[Piecewise[{{2 (r - .3 r), r < .5}, {.7, r >= .5}}]]], PlotStyle -> Thickness[0.01]]

so the outer ring is Hue[0.7].

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or in your code

ParametricPlot[r {Cos[\[Theta]], Sin[\[Theta]]}, {\[Theta], 0, 2 \[Pi]},{r, 0, 1}, ColorFunction -> Function[{x, y, \[Theta], r}, Hue@Piecewise[{{2 (r - .3 r), r < .5}, {.7, r >= .5}}]], Axes -> None]

which gives

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There are many pre-defined color gradients


(* {"AlpineColors", "Aquamarine", "ArmyColors", "AtlanticColors", \
"AuroraColors", "AvocadoColors", "BeachColors", "BlueGreenYellow", \
"BrassTones", "BrightBands", "BrownCyanTones", "CandyColors", "CherryTones", \
"CMYKColors", "CoffeeTones", "DarkBands", "DarkRainbow", "DarkTerrain", \
"DeepSeaColors", "FallColors", "FruitPunchColors", "FuchsiaTones", \
"GrayTones", "GrayYellowTones", "GreenBrownTerrain", "GreenPinkTones", \
"IslandColors", "LakeColors", "LightTemperatureMap", "LightTerrain", \
"MintColors", "NeonColors", "Pastel", "PearlColors", "PigeonTones", \
"PlumColors", "Rainbow", "RedBlueTones", "RedGreenSplit", "RoseColors", \
"RustTones", "SandyTerrain", "SiennaTones", "SolarColors", "SouthwestColors", \
"StarryNightColors", "SunsetColors", "TemperatureMap", "ThermometerColors", \
"ValentineTones", "WatermelonColors"} *)

Put some or all into a Manipulate so you can visually compare and select your preferred gradient.

 ParametricPlot[r {Cos[θ], Sin[θ]},
  {θ, 0, 2 π}, {r, 0, 1},
  ColorFunction -> Function[{x, y, θ, r},
    ColorData[color]@Max[(1 - 2 r), 0]], Axes -> None],
 {{color, "TemperatureMap"},
  {"DarkRainbow", "LightTemperatureMap", "Rainbow", "TemperatureMap", 
  ControlType -> PopupMenu}]

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