We know a good scientific visualization when we see one – colormaps are a big part of this and when used effectively, they can make all the difference. The ability to create your own colormap within STAR-CCM+Ⓡ has been around for a long time and around this time last year, we delivered a full featured interactive colormap editor with the v9.04 release.
Still, what makes for a good colormap is not common knowledge. Surprisingly, the most frequently used colormap for scientific visualization, the rainbow colormap, is regarded as one of the least effective.
In this blog I'll tell you how to choose the most effective colormap for you application, allowing you to present your results in a more attractive, more informative way.