Displaying Contrasting Colors

Select Options ® 2D options to call up the 2D Options dialog window.

Setting the Alternative colors option causes objects in the graph (bars, triangles, and so on) to be colored with contrasting colors. The contrasting colors used are taken from the six contrast variables (Contrast 1 to Contrast 6) in the Color Assignment menu.

If the Alternative colors option is not set, all objects in the graph are colored a single color. You can choose this color by setting the 2D object variable in the Color Assignment menu.

Note that the system provides six possible color schemes (in the Global Options menu) and each contains a set of six alternative-contrast variables. If you turn on the Alternative colors option in the 2D Options menu and don't get the colors you expect, check that you have the correct color scheme set in the Global Options menu.

Setting the Alternative colors option has no effect on the following graph types. They remain either all one color (for non-stacked, non-side-by-side 2D graphs), or colored with contrasting colors (for a stacked or side-by-side 2D graph), regardless of how you set the option.

  • Stepped lines
  • Stepped areas
  • Lines
  • Stacked areas
  • Shaded areas

The following graph types are always colored with contrasting colors. You cannot use the Alternative colors option to turn this off.

  • Pie chart
  • Perspective pie chart
  • Polar diagram
  • Relative polar

For further information about how alternative coloring is implemented, see the section "Contrast 1 through Contrast 6" in the section Assigning Colors to Parts of a Graph.