ColorCells

VTKExamples/Cxx/PolyData/ColorCells


Description

This example shows how to assign specific colors to individual cells of a vtkPolyData using a vtkLookupTable. The vtkCellData has a vtkFloatArray that contains a scalar values.

Seealso

The example ColorCellsWithRGB creates a vtkCellData with a vtkUnsignedCharArray that contains rgb values.

Code

ColorCells.cxx

#include <vtkSmartPointer.h>
#include <vtkPolyDataMapper.h>
#include <vtkActor.h>
#include <vtkRenderWindow.h>
#include <vtkRenderer.h>
#include <vtkRenderWindowInteractor.h>

#include <vtkLookupTable.h>
#include <vtkFloatArray.h>
#include <vtkCellData.h>
#include <vtkPolyData.h>
#include <vtkPlaneSource.h>

#include <vtkNamedColors.h>

#include <algorithm>

int main(int , char *[])
{
  // Provide some geometry
  int resolution = 3;
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkPlaneSource> aPlane =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkPlaneSource>::New();
  aPlane->SetXResolution(resolution);
  aPlane->SetYResolution(resolution);

  // Create cell data
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkFloatArray> cellData =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkFloatArray>::New();
  for (int i = 0; i < resolution * resolution; i++)
  {
    cellData->InsertNextValue(i + 1);
  }

  // Create a lookup table to map cell data to colors
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkLookupTable> lut =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkLookupTable>::New();
  int tableSize = std::max(resolution*resolution + 1, 10);
  lut->SetNumberOfTableValues(tableSize);
  lut->Build();

  // Fill in a few known colors, the rest will be generated if needed
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkNamedColors> colors =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkNamedColors>::New();
  lut->SetTableValue(0, colors->GetColor4d("Black").GetData());
  lut->SetTableValue(1, colors->GetColor4d("Banana").GetData());
  lut->SetTableValue(2, colors->GetColor4d("Tomato").GetData());
  lut->SetTableValue(3, colors->GetColor4d("Wheat").GetData());
  lut->SetTableValue(4, colors->GetColor4d("Lavender").GetData());
  lut->SetTableValue(5, colors->GetColor4d("Flesh").GetData());
  lut->SetTableValue(6, colors->GetColor4d("Raspberry").GetData());
  lut->SetTableValue(7, colors->GetColor4d("Salmon").GetData());
  lut->SetTableValue(8, colors->GetColor4d("Mint").GetData());
  lut->SetTableValue(9, colors->GetColor4d("Peacock").GetData());

  aPlane->Update(); // Force an update so we can set cell data
  aPlane->GetOutput()->GetCellData()->SetScalars(cellData);

  // Setup actor and mapper
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyDataMapper> mapper =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyDataMapper>::New();
  mapper->SetInputConnection(aPlane->GetOutputPort());
  mapper->SetScalarRange(0, tableSize - 1);
  mapper->SetLookupTable(lut);

  vtkSmartPointer<vtkActor> actor =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkActor>::New();
  actor->SetMapper(mapper);

  // Setup render window, renderer, and interactor
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderer> renderer =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderer>::New();
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindow> renderWindow =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindow>::New();
  renderWindow->AddRenderer(renderer);
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindowInteractor> renderWindowInteractor =
      vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindowInteractor>::New();
  renderWindowInteractor->SetRenderWindow(renderWindow);
  renderer->AddActor(actor);
  renderer->SetBackground(colors->GetColor3d("SlateGray").GetData());
  renderWindow->Render();
  renderWindowInteractor->Start();

  return EXIT_SUCCESS;
}

CMakeLists.txt

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 2.8)

PROJECT(ColorCells)

find_package(VTK REQUIRED)
include(${VTK_USE_FILE})

add_executable(ColorCells MACOSX_BUNDLE ColorCells.cxx )

target_link_libraries(ColorCells ${VTK_LIBRARIES})

Download and Build ColorCells

Click here to download ColorCells and its CMakeLists.txt file. Once the tarball ColorCells.tar has been downloaded and extracted,

cd ColorCells/build 

If VTK is installed:

cmake ..

If VTK is not installed but compiled on your system, you will need to specify the path to your VTK build:

cmake -DVTK_DIR:PATH=/home/me/vtk_build ..

Build the project:

make

and run it:

./ColorCells

WINDOWS USERS

Be sure to add the VTK bin directory to your path. This will resolve the VTK dll's at run time.