[Chimera-users] coloring labels-only

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Thu Jan 8 15:48:14 PST 2015

Hi Maria,
 Another possibility instead of using the regular labels that are attached to the structure is to use 2D Labels.  2D labels do not move when you move the structure; they just stay where you put them.  In that case you would first generate the view of the protein for the image without any labels, then use 2D Labels (in menu under Tools… Utilities).  You can create several different 2D labels in different colors and sizes, including Greek letters, symbols, and arrows. Click the Help button on the 2D Labels dialog to see more information, or view here:


There are also examples of 2D labels in the image tutorials:



On Jan 8, 2015, at 3:29 PM, Elaine Meng <meng at cgl.ucsf.edu> wrote:

> Hi Maria,
> The label colors will follow the atom colors unless you specify coloring the labels only.
> (A) if commands:  use the "color" command, with ",l" after the color name, where the last character is a lowercase letter L to indicate labels only.  For example:
> color  red,l
> …for all labels, or to color only the labels of specific atoms, you can specify those atoms at the end, for example:
> color red,l  ligand
> If menu, use Actions… Color… all options to show the color-actions dialog.  Then in that dialog change "Coloring applies to" to one of the label choices.  Then select the atoms or residues that have the labels with colors you want to change, then click a color in the color-actions dialog or the Actions… Color menu.  (then you would probably change "Coloring applies to" back to "all of the above" to avoid later confusion)
> I hope this helps,
> Elaine
> ----------
> Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D. 
> UCSF Computer Graphics Lab (Chimera team) and Babbitt Lab
> Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
> University of California, San Francisco
> On Jan 8, 2015, at 12:52 AM, Maria Saqib <mariasaqib.87 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear user
>> i am using chimera for some images of protien .I have a problem while labelling i want to change font colors , How can i label it with different font colors?
>> Waiting for your reply
>> Maria

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