The [ColorBrewer](http://www.personal.psu.edu/cab38/ColorBrewer/ColorBrewer_intro.html) color tables were designed to provide better color tables than the standard rainbow-type color tables (the rainbow color table is not a very good general color table because, as Tufte points out, "the mind's eye does not readily give an order to ROYGBIV"). There is a nice Flash interface on the web to explore them. But what if you want to use them in IDL?

[Here](http://michaelgalloy.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/brewer.zip) are the color tables in a .tbl file, usable with the FILE keyword in LOADCT or XLOADCT. For example:

Colors from [www.colorbrewer.org](http://www.colorbrewer.org) by Cynthia A. Brewer, Geography, Pennsylvania State University. If you use the color tables in your work, she would like a citation (see 5. on [this](http://www.personal.psu.edu/cab38/ColorBrewer/ColorBrewer_updates.html) page).