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Palettes

The Horror! The Humanity! The Hues!

Pico-8 had driven me to delve into the strange corners of the city, seeking a color beyond the 16 color palette can sometimes feel maddening. The colors haunt you in your dreams, so limited in their scope, so taunting in their tint. After long nights in damp rooms full of weathered leather and mothballs, I suddenly found in my hands something most sacred.

Original Palette

-- The Pico-8 Colors and Their Values
colors = {
 black=0,
 darkblue=1,
 darkpurple=2,
 darkgreen=3,
 brown=4,
 darkgrey=5,
 lightgrey=6,
 white=7,
 red=8,
 orange=9,
 yellow=10,
 green=11,
 blue=12,
 indigo=13,
 pink=14,
 peach=15
}

-- Hexadecimal Values (Default Names)
hexdef = {
 black=0x000000,
 darkblue=0x1d2b53,
 darkpurple=0x7e2553,
 darkgreen=0x008751,
 brown=0xab5236,
 darkgrey=0x5f574f,
 lightgrey=0xc2c3c7,
 white=0xfff1e8,
 red=0xff004d,
 orange=0xffa300,
 yellow=0xffec27,
 green-0x00e436,
 blue=0x29adff,
 indigo=0x83769c,
 pink=0xff77a8,
 peach=0xffccaa
}

-- Hexadecimal Values (Descriptive Names)
hexdesc = {
 shadow=0x000000,
 storm=0x1d2b53,
 wine=0x7e2553,
 moss=0x008751,
 clay=0xab5236,
 mountain=0x5f574f,
 overcast=0xc2c3c7,
 cream=0xfff1e8,
 ember=0xff004d,
 clementine=0xffa300,
 sunflower=0xffec27,
 spring-0x00e436,
 sky=0x29adff,
 storm=0x83769c,
 rose=0xff77a8,
 sand=0xffccaa
}

-- Default Color Names Table
defaultnames = {
 'black', 'darkblue', 'darkpurple', 'darkgreen', 'brown', 'darkgrey', 'lightgrey',
 'white', 'red', 'orange', 'yellow', 'green', 'blue', 'indigo', 'pink', 'peach'
}


-- Descriptive Color Names Table
descriptivenames = {
 'shadow', 'storm', 'wine', 'moss', 'clay', 'mountain', 'overcast', 'cream',
 'ember', 'clementine', 'sunflower', 'spring', 'sky', 'storm', 'rose', 'sand'
}

Palette Table

Descriptive Name Index Color Hex RGB Name
Shadow 0 #000000 0, 0, 0 black
Sea 1 #1D2B53 29, 43, 83 darkblue
Wine 2 #7E2553 126, 37, 83 darkpurple
Moss 3 #008751 0, 135, 81 darkgreen
Clay 4 #AB5236 171, 82, 54 brown
Mountain 5 #5F574F 95, 87, 79 darkgrey
Overcast 6 #C2C3C7 194, 195, 199 lightgrey
Cream 7 #FFF1E8 255, 241, 232 white
Ember 8 #FF004D 255, 0, 77 red
Clementine 9 #FFA300 255, 163, 0 orange
Sunflower 10 #FFEC27 255, 236, 39 yellow
Spring 11 #00E436 0, 228, 54 green
Sky 12 #29ADFF 41, 173, 255 blue
Storm 13 #83769C 131, 118, 156 indigo
Rose 14 #FF77A8 255, 119, 168 pink
Sand 15 #FFCCAA 255, 204, 170 peach
Some descriptive names sourced from PICO-8 Subreddit. The others are names of my own choosing!

Secret Palette

These colors are not documented, but can be accessed with a little trick or two.

-- The Secret Pico-8 Colors and Their Values
colors = {
 brownblack=128+0,
 navy=128+1,
 aubergine=128+2,
 darkteal=128+3,
 darkbrown=128+4,
 purplegrey=128+5,
 mushroom=128+6,
 straw=128+7,
 raspberry=128+8,
 deeporange=128+9,
 yellowgreen=128+10,
 jade=128+11,
 mediumblue=128+12,
 grape=128+13,
 salmon=128+14,
 coral=128+15
}


-- Equivalent Hexadecimal Values
hexcolors = {
 brownblack=0x291814,
 navy=0x111d35,
 aubergine=0x422136,
 darkteal=0x125359,
 darkbrown=0x742f29,
 purplegrey=0x49333b,
 mushroom=0xa28879,
 straw=0xf3ef7d,
 raspberry=0xbe1250,
 deeporange=0xff6c24,
 yellowgreen=0xa8e72e,
 jade=0x00b543,
 mediumblue=0x065ab5,
 grape=0x754665,
 salmon=0xff6e59,
 coral=0xff9d81
}


-- Default Color Names Table
defaultnames = {
 'brownblack', 'navy', 'aubergine', 'darkteal', 'darkbrown', 'purplegrey',
 'mushroom', 'straw', 'raspberry', 'deeporange', 'yellowgreen', 'jade',
 'mediumblue', 'grape', 'salmon', 'coral'
}

-- Descriptive Color Names Table
descriptivenames = {
 'cocoa', 'midnight', 'port', 'patina', 'leather', 'silt', 
 'olive', 'straw', 'crimson', 'amber', 'tea', 'shamrock',
 'denim', 'plum', 'salmon', 'fairytale'
}


Secret Palette Table

Descriptive Name Index Color Hex RGB Name
Cocoa 128 #291814 41,24,20 brownblack
Midnight 129 #111D35 17,29,53 navy
Port 130 #422136 66,33,54 aubergine
Patina 131 #125359 18,83,89 darkteal
Leather 132 #742F29 116,47,41 darkbrown
Silt 133 #49333B 73,51,59 purplegrey
Olive 134 #A28879 162,136,121 mushroom
Straw 135 #F3EF7D 243,239,125 straw
Crimson 136 #BE1250 190,18,80 raspberry
Amber 137 #FF6C24 255,108,36 deeporange
Tea 138 #A8E72E 168,231,46 yellowgreen
Shamrock 139 #00B543 0,181,67 jade
Denim 140 #065AB5 6,90,181 mediumblue
Plum 141 #754665 117,70,101 grape
Salmon 142 #FF6E59 255,110,89 salmon
Fairytale 143 #FF9D81 255,157,129 coral
Note that some of the descriptive color names were obtained from this beautiful chart posted to the Lexaloffle forums. The others are names of my own liking!
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