Dilettante Habits

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Free Color Palettes

Abstract: In ancient times, people shared content. This article holds an ever-growing list of free (like beer) color palettes. Including downloads, uh?

Topics: color palettes

© Copyright Daniel Krajzewicz, 13.11.2016 00:08, cc by-nc-nd

Introduction

I needed some nice coloring examples for my Lindemayer application ALSOG. I found a very nice collection composed by someone who I assume called himself "Wizzle". I knew that these palettes have been available "for free". But when trying to revalidate this, I had to realise the site was no longer existing. So, for not let this - and other, similar - data die, I decided to set up this page.

Below, you may find some collections of gradients, from different sources. The downloads are available as GIMP-palettes. You may use the PaletteConverter I wrote to convert them into a different formats.

From Peepz

Wizzle collection

This is the collection mentioned in the introduction. "Wizzle" seems to have contributed quite some things to Fractint. The original web site located at http://wizzle.simplenet.com/ is offline, but there is already a different mirror of the palettes at https://github.com/rm-hull/webrot/tree/master/resources/private/maps.

Finally, I found a copy of Wizzle's page on the web archive from the year 2000. It states the following: "Fractint currently comes bundled with 27 color maps which were developed quite some time ago. In an effort to update the maps, the members of the Fractint email list were asked to submit their best color maps. In the table below are the submittals, organized by type of map.". I would thereby assume the licence to be "public domain". Praise!

Download: all_maps.zip (Fracting .map files)

123maps; Wizzle's description: "Maps which have a limited (1, 2 or 3) colors and which are good for a busy image."
NamePalette
Carlson1
droz12
droz34
droz35
droz49
droz54
droz56
droz62
Gallet01
Gallet02
Gallet03
Gallet07
Gallet08
Gallet09
Gallet10
Lindaa11
Lindaa12
Morgen3
Wizzl011
Wizzl012
Wizzl013
123maps; Wizzle's description: "Maps with large areas of black which carve out areas of an image. Also good for a busy image."
NamePalette
Gallet05
Gallet18
Lindaa03
Lindaa08
Wizzl014
Wizzl015
Wizzl016
Wizzl020
jewelmap; Wizzle's description: "Gradient maps with lots of deep black and jewel colors. These are maps which are generally useful."
NamePalette
bud4
damien3
Digiorg2
droz14
droz28
droz36
droz40
Lindaa02
Lindaa04
Lindaa09
Skydye12
Wizzl017
Wizzl018
Wizzl019
midtones; Wizzle's description: "Wizzle's description: "Gradient maps with colors that vary in mid to long intervals. These are the most common and useful maps."
NamePalette
bud2
bud3
bud6
bud7
damien1
damien2
damien4
damien5
droz11
droz15
droz31
droz33
droz38
droz46
droz8
drozdis1
Gallet04
Gallet11
Gallet12
Gallet13
Gallet14
Gallet15
Gallet16
Gallet17
Lindaa01
Lindaa05
Lindaa06
Lindaa07
Lindaa10
Morgan1
Morgan2
Morgan3
Skydye01
Skydye02
Skydye03
Skydye04
Skydye08
Skydye09
Skydye10
Skydye11
shortmap; Wizzle's description: "Gradient maps with colors that vary in short intervals. These are often perfect for julias and other formulas."
NamePalette
bud5
droz10
droz13
droz52
Gallet06
Lindaa15
Lindaa16
Lindaa17
speclmap; Wizzle's description: "Oddities"
NamePalette
droz21
droz23
droz39
droz44
Lindaa14
Skydye05
stripmap; Wizzle's description: "Striped maps."
NamePalette
Digiorg1
droz22
droz60
lkmtch00
lkmtch01
lkmtch02
lkmtch03
lkmtch04
lkmtch05
lkmtch06
lkmtch07
lkmtch08
lkmtch09
lkmtch10
lkmtch11
lkmtch12
lkmtch13
lkmtch14
lkmtch15
lkmtch16
lkmtch17
lkmtch18
lkmtch19
Skydye06
Skydye07

Closing Thoughts

We are humans, so am I. I tried to reveal the origins and licences of all files included on this page. Let me know if I made a mistake.

I hope some further palettes will be included in the future.

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