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Function Coloring with ParametricPlot3D

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  • Subject: [mg31264] Function Coloring with ParametricPlot3D
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 21:59:10 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Dear MathGroup,

There is a percularity of the ParametricPlot3D command with color
specification as the fourth element that bugs me.

It appears that this is the way that the algorithm works. Mathematica
calculates the color that would result from the four corners of the square
and then blends the colors. I suppose that in some sense this can be
considered to be reasonable. But if you write a color function that
specifices a specific set of colors, this blending introduces new colors
which one may not want. Here is an example.


cfun[x_, y_] :=
 Module[{val = Sqrt[x^2 + y^2]},
  val <= 7, PaleGreen,
  val > 7, OrangeRed]]

ParametricPlot3D[{x, y, 0, cfun[x, y]}, {x, 0, 10}, {y, 0, 10},
 PlotPoints -> 8,
 Lighting -> False];

What I would like to do is have Mathematica determine a single function
value for each square, perhaps by averaging the values at the four corners,
and then apply my color function to that single value. In that case there
would be no blending, unless I decide to do the blending in my color

Does anyone know how to work around this?

David Park
djmp at

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