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Getting started with color
Getting started with color

Getting the most out of color with your data objects and workbooks in Astrato.

Piers Batchelor avatar
Written by Piers Batchelor
Updated over a week ago

Why color means so much

We use color rules on dimensions and measures to represent values in the data to highlight patterns and relationships. This is often referred to as Conditional coloring.

As with shape and size, color is another great way to visually communicate data results and, queries

It can help to clarify, and highlight by focusing the user’s attention.

Big tables, and complex charts with many data points can distract and even detract from the story your data needs to tell.

Astrato offers:

Theming - Workbook level

Color palettes

Defaults for borders, reference lines

Types of color:

  • Gradients

  • Conditional coloring

    • Based on measures (>100% = Green)

    • Based on dimension values (China =Red)

  • Categorical coloring

This article shows you how to use the Color Picker in the Astrato workbook editor.


Color Picker - Getting Started

If you're using the workbook editor and want to change any of the color settings at sheet or app level, you'll use the Color Picker. The color picker opens when you click on the color setting you want to change. In Figure 1, the Background Color is changed using the color palette, and the Border Color for sheet objects is changed by entering a color code.

Figure 1: Color Picker

Note: The color picker is used to change settings at Sheet level. If you're looking to change the colors in any objects (e.g. the pie chart we used in Figure 1) please check the settings for the data object.

Using the Color Palette

When the color palette opens you'll see a range of color options (Figure 2). When you select one you'll open a range of shading options for the color. Click the shading you want to apply the change.

If you click on + you'll open a matrix where you click on the panel or use the sliders to pick a color, then click Accept to apply the change.

Figure 2: Color Palette

Using a Color Code

You can also select a color in the color picker by entering a code in the text field. There are three types of code you can use, and you can choose the code you want by clicking the label (Figure 3).

  • Hex - Enter the six-figure hex code for the color (e.g. white has the code #FFFFFF).

  • RGB - Enter the combination of Red, Green, Blue values (e.g. white has the RGB code 255,255,255).

  • HSLA - Enter the combination of Hue, Saturation, Lightness, Alpha values (e.g. white has the HSLA code 0, 100%, 100%, 0.0).

Figure 3: Color Code

Workbook Editor Articles

You can find more articles in the Astrato Help Center in the Workbook Editor collection, and in the Data Objects collection (for Visualizations and Controls).

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