Gray is the new Black

Sometimes I prefer to publish my map in gray instead of black. But all newly added QGIS composer items are set to black by default.

Turn Gray dialog
Turn Gray dialog

For changing the colors more easily and rapidly I created the “Turn Gray” plugin. By default it changes all foreground colors (labels and outlines) to gray. But you are free to choose more cheerful colors too. And for the background as well.

Right now not all composer items are supported, but the map, legend, labels and scale bar do. Tables, arrows and map grids will have to wait.

I hope others will be happy to use this tool as well, that’s the idea behind open source!

Here some examples:

original map composer
original map composer
turned to gray (default plugin values)
turned to gray (default plugin values)
turned to red foreground and lime green background
turned to red foreground and lime green background

4 thoughts on “Gray is the new Black”

  1. When I’ve read “Turn Gray”, I expected : turn an entire map from color to grey scale. That would be a very nice feature to add to you plugin.

    1. Hi Herve,

      Thanks for your suggestion. This could be useful as well but It is not the intention of my plugin.

      It would need to change al layer styles in some way, without the possibility of changing it back. It is also hard to define what should happen if your map has very colorful layers and you choose for example blue as foreground color and orange for the background.

      However, QGIS (I think QT) has a function to change colors into grayscales. It is used in the map preview modes. Check:

      View > Preview Mode > Simulate Photocopy (Grayscale)

      You could ask QGIS developers if this could be used for saving your composed map too.

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