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Interactive TIA Color Charts and Tools

Based on Glenn Saunder's color charts. Colors provided by Trebor.

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The color charts below are interactive. Click on a color and the hexadecimal color value will be displayed.

 

The NTSC and PAL Atari 2600 color compatibility tools can help you quickly find colors that go great together (possibly saving you a lot of time and energy). Just click on the colors to see the results displayed in the test area. Notice the hexadecimal color values that appear above the charts. Once you find the right colors, simply copy and paste the hexadecimal color values into your Atari 2600 program. You might also want to check out the Color Compatibility Tool that works on a real Atari 2600.

 

The NTSC/PAL color conversion tool works in a similar way to the others. Click on a color in either chart and the equivalent hexadecimal color values will be displayed. When there is no equivalent PAL color value, the next best thing is substituted. (Based on the conversion table posted by SeaGtGruff.)

 

JavaScript must be enabled for the tools on this page to work properly.

 

 

 

Interactive Color Charts

 
 

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NTSC  (128 unique colors)

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Click on a color in one of the charts above and the hexadecimal color value will be displayed above it. Color samples will also be displayed to the left of the charts. Click on a color in any of the three charts and the left column of the color samples will display all three versions. The right column displays individual colors for NTSC, PAL and SECAM. For those who need it, similar samples are displayed above each chart too.

 

 

 

 

NTSC Atari 2600 Color Compatibility Tool

 

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Click on the colors to see the results displayed in the test area. Copy and paste the hexadecimal color values into your Atari 2600 program once you've found colors that look good together.

 

There are saturated and desaturated color charts for the four major phases (cold, cool, warm and hot). If you switch to a new chart, you'll need to select colors from those charts before the test area will be updated. The colors in these charts were provided by Trebor.

 

You might also want to check out the Color Compatibility Tool that works on a real Atari 2600.

 

 

 

 

PAL Atari 2600 Color Compatibility Tool

 

Saturated: coldcoolwarmhot      Desaturated: coldcoolwarmhot

Test Area:


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