Heads up color proofing for Esri style's colors

By Jenny Reiman, East-West Gateway Council of Governments

Layout from ColorPalette_ArcGIS.mxd

Here’s a useful little map document called ColorPalette_ArcGIS.mxd that I put together to anticipate the variation between colors on my monitor and the printers and plotters in the office. It contains no geographic data, only graphics that correspond to the standard color palette in ArcGIS. Each color swatch is labeled by name and by CMYK values. I print a copy from each printer and hang them near my monitor so I can choose colors for my layout based on what they look like on paper, not just based on what the colors look like on my monitor. Someday everything may be perfectly calibrated with a color matching system like Pantone. Until then, this helps – and it makes great cubicle wall paper!

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  1. MappingCenterTeam says:

    can u re-save a 9.1 version please?

    Posted by Simon Jackson on July 02, 2007 at 02:44 AM PDT

    Website: http://simon.robin.jackson.googlepages.com/home

    I agree, a 9.1 version of the mxd would be useful.

    Posted by Justin on July 02, 2007 at 08:52 AM PDT 

    Sorry this took so long. ColorPalette_ArcGIS_91.mxd
    is the 9.1 version that Mxd.

    Posted by Charlie Frye on July 02, 2007 at 06:25 PM PDT 

    FYI there’s a color calibration MXD included in your desktop installation. Look under C:Program FilesArcGISPlotters, and you’ll find Calibrate.mxd and CMY_Plotter_Calibrate.mxd (older versions won’t have the 2nd one, it’s new).

    These are a great way to match up colors on a plotter vs. on-screen.

    Posted by jeremy wright ( on July 05, 2007 at 06:20 PM PDT

    Website: http://www.esri.com

  2. kfolkins says:

    Jenny –
    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Was thinking I would have to step through producing something like this from scratch.

    The earlier Style Dump sample no longer works in 10+, and the Add-In update does not appear to activate once installed.

    The calibration .mxds that are included are not a simple, head’s up solution to matching on-screen color the printed version (sorry, Charlie /o: )

    Thank you for providing a basic and welcome color tool!