In the documentation of Plot, under Options / PlotTheme, there is this example:

Plot[{Sin[x], Cos[x]}, {x, 0, 2 Pi}, PlotTheme -> "Business", PlotStyle -> 96]

I can't find in the documentation what PlotStyle -> Number means. Trial and error indicates this number can be in (0,116), which strikes me as a strange upper bound. The effect seems to be an alteration of the color.

What is the meaning of PlotStyle -> Number?

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    $\begingroup$ The number may be an index for ColorData, Table[{n, ColorData[n] /@ Range[5]}, {n, 110, 116}] shows that the ColorData index can go up to 115. 116 may be handled as a special case. $\endgroup$
    – Bob Hanlon
    Commented Apr 7, 2022 at 16:34

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The syntax PlotStyle -> n is an abbreviation for using the indexed color scheme: PlotStyle -> ColorData[Number].

There are 114 color schemes available in my version.

(* "12.3.1 for Microsoft Windows (64-bit) (June 24, 2021)" *)

(* 114 *)

You can make a table of all the colors.

Grid[{#, ColorData[#, "Image"]} & /@ ColorData["Indexed"]]

Mathematica graphics


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