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July 20, 2010 / gus3

XKCD Palette for The GIMP

Randall Munroe (of xkcd fame) recently did a color survey for a friend, asking his readers to put names to various (random?) colors. Based on his results, Rune Grimstad created a color picker for Dot-NET.

Using Grimstad’s code, I created a palette for The GIMP. To see it in action:

  1. Download the file here (CAPTCHA and 30-second delay for free download).
  2. As root, move it to /usr/share/gimp/[GIMP version]/palettes/.
  3. Launch The GIMP.
  4. Menu: File/New, then click “OK” to accept the defaults.
  5. Menu: Windows/Dockable Dialogs/Palettes. “XKCDPalette” will be near the end of the list. Click on it.
  6. Click the left-most button at the bottom of the window to see the palette.
  7. The name of the currently selected color will show in the lower-left text box.

In my stock installation of The GIMP, the XKCD palette has the most colors.

Update 2010-07-20: The colors are now sorted by hue, saturation, and value, so visual search is much easier. The venerable Wikipedia explains.



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  1. robertjspencer / Oct 20 2011 2:26 am

    The file seems to no longer be available on File Factory, can you please publish it somewhere else?

    • gus3 / Oct 24 2011 12:21 pm

      Re-uploaded and adjusted link. Thanks for the report.

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