Since I received my Glowforge a few months ago, I’ve been happily making use of the color palette in this thread’s first message (thanks @marmak3261!). I’ve always felt some of the colors are a little too similar, though, so I set out to find a better one. After some searching, I came across Sasha Trubetskoy’s List of 20 Simple, Distinct Colors that was designed to be “easily distinguishable” and “tastefully luminant.” Re-sorted into “Glowforge order,” the palette is:
(It’s actually 22 colors if you include black and white.) I suspect I could have arrived at a similar palette by winnowing down @marmak3261’s palette to eliminate some of the confusing pairs, but so be it.
That process got me thinking about colorblindness. I’d heard that to create a palette that’s distinguishable by more than about 85% of the population, you’re limited to under ten colors or so. I found an excellent article by Martin Krzywinski (Color Palettes for Color Blindness) that led me to a seven-color palette (eight if you include white) developed by Bang Wong. In a glowforge sort order, it’s:
Bluish green #009E73
Sky blue #56B4E9
Reddish purple #CC79A7
I’m not colorblind, but I rarely need more than about 4-5 operations in my projects, so I’ve switched to using the Wong palette almost exclusively.
Here they are in graphical form:
And as Affinity Designer palettes:
Glowforge - trubetskoy.afpalette.zip (1.2 KB)
Glowforge - wong.afpalette.zip (989 Bytes)