convertColor

Convert between Colour Spaces

Convert colours between their representations in standard colour spaces.

Keywords
color
Usage
convertColor(color, from, to, from.ref.white, to.ref.white,
             scale.in = 1, scale.out = 1, clip = TRUE)
Arguments
color

A matrix whose rows specify colors. The function will also accept a data frame, but will silently convert to a matrix internally.

from, to

Input and output color spaces. See ‘Details’ below.

from.ref.white, to.ref.white

Reference whites or NULL if these are built in to the definition, as for RGB spaces. D65 is the default, see ‘Details’ for others.

scale.in, scale.out

Input is divided by scale.in, output is multiplied by scale.out. Use NULL to suppress scaling when input or output is not numeric.

clip

If TRUE, truncate RGB output to [0,1], FALSE return out-of-range RGB, NA set out of range colors to NaN.

Details

Color spaces are specified by objects of class colorConverter, created by colorConverter or make.rgb. Built-in color spaces may be referenced by strings: "XYZ", "sRGB", "Apple RGB", "CIE RGB", "Lab", "Luv". The converters for these colour spaces are in the object colorspaces.

The "sRGB" color space is that used by standard PC monitors. "Apple RGB" is used by Apple monitors. "Lab" and "Luv" are approximately perceptually uniform spaces standardized by the Commission Internationale d'Eclairage. XYZ is a 1931 CIE standard capable of representing all visible colors (and then some), but not in a perceptually uniform way.

The Lab and Luv spaces describe colors of objects, and so require the specification of a reference ‘white light’ color. Illuminant D65 is a standard indirect daylight, Illuminant D50 is close to direct sunlight, and Illuminant A is the light from a standard incandescent bulb. Other standard CIE illuminants supported are B, C, E and D55. RGB colour spaces are defined relative to a particular reference white, and can be only approximately translated to other reference whites. The von Kries chromatic adaptation algorithm is used for this. Prior to R 3.6, color conversions involving color spaces created with make.rgb were carried out assuming a D65 illuminant, irrespective of the actual illuminant used in the creation of the color space. This affected the built-in "CIE RGB" color space.

The RGB color spaces are specific to a particular class of display. An RGB space cannot represent all colors, and the clip option controls what is done to out-of-range colors.

For the named color spaces color must be a matrix of values in the from color space: in particular opaque colors.

Value

A 3-column matrix whose rows specify the colors.

References

For all the conversion equations http://www.brucelindbloom.com/.

For the white points http://www.efg2.com/Lab/Graphics/Colors/Chromaticity.htm.

See Also

col2rgb and colors for ways to specify colors in graphics.

make.rgb for specifying other colour spaces.

Aliases
  • convertColor
  • colorspaces
Examples
library(grDevices) # NOT RUN { ## The displayable colors from four planes of Lab space ab <- expand.grid(a = (-10:15)*10, b = (-15:10)*10) require(graphics); require(stats) # for na.omit par(mfrow = c(2, 2), mar = .1+c(3, 3, 3, .5), mgp = c(2, .8, 0)) Lab <- cbind(L = 20, ab) srgb <- convertColor(Lab, from = "Lab", to = "sRGB", clip = NA) clipped <- attr(na.omit(srgb), "na.action") srgb[clipped, ] <- 0 cols <- rgb(srgb[, 1], srgb[, 2], srgb[, 3]) image((-10:15)*10, (-15:10)*10, matrix(1:(26*26), ncol = 26), col = cols, xlab = "a", ylab = "b", main = "Lab: L=20") Lab <- cbind(L = 40, ab) srgb <- convertColor(Lab, from = "Lab", to = "sRGB", clip = NA) clipped <- attr(na.omit(srgb), "na.action") srgb[clipped, ] <- 0 cols <- rgb(srgb[, 1], srgb[, 2], srgb[, 3]) image((-10:15)*10, (-15:10)*10, matrix(1:(26*26), ncol = 26), col = cols, xlab = "a", ylab = "b", main = "Lab: L=40") Lab <- cbind(L = 60, ab) srgb <- convertColor(Lab, from = "Lab", to = "sRGB", clip = NA) clipped <- attr(na.omit(srgb), "na.action") srgb[clipped, ] <- 0 cols <- rgb(srgb[, 1], srgb[, 2], srgb[, 3]) image((-10:15)*10, (-15:10)*10, matrix(1:(26*26), ncol = 26), col = cols, xlab = "a", ylab = "b", main = "Lab: L=60") Lab <- cbind(L = 80, ab) srgb <- convertColor(Lab, from = "Lab", to = "sRGB", clip = NA) clipped <- attr(na.omit(srgb), "na.action") srgb[clipped, ] <- 0 cols <- rgb(srgb[, 1], srgb[, 2], srgb[, 3]) image((-10:15)*10, (-15:10)*10, matrix(1:(26*26), ncol = 26), col = cols, xlab = "a", ylab = "b", main = "Lab: L=80") cols <- t(col2rgb(palette())); rownames(cols) <- palette(); cols zapsmall(lab <- convertColor(cols, from = "sRGB", to = "Lab", scale.in = 255)) stopifnot(all.equal(cols, # converting back.. getting the original: round(convertColor(lab, from = "Lab", to = "sRGB", scale.out = 255)), check.attributes = FALSE)) # }
Documentation reproduced from package grDevices, version 3.6.1, License: Part of R 3.6.1

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