Randal, on 17 October 2010 - 06:43 AM, said:
Good grief. That's too much like work. I'd like LDD4 LU mode to present the legal colors and just let you alter things with the color change pallet down on the tool bar, similar to regular mode. However, LDD4 is done... therefore this request is a day late and a dollar short.
Well, the alternative (one I'd highly encourage) is memorizing what colors are on the standard palette and in what order, then create or download a file that has colors missing
from the palette (mainly out-of-date colors). This topic
by Superkalle will do most of that work for you. In fact, it helps even further because the included LXF chart and Excel spreadsheet both list the already-available LDD colors in the order in which they appear on the palette
. This means that after using it for a while, you'll be able to distinguish between colors on the default palette that give people trouble.
If you'd like an even larger selection of colors, I've got my own modified versions of the LDD color chart
and the Excel spreadsheet
that identifies the colors on it. I expand this list occasionally when I find a color I've encountered in sets, but which isn't listed yet. However, the basic and most-often-considered unavailable colors (specifically, old brown, old gray, and old dark gray) are all on Superkalle's version.
Lastly, for those who'd rather take matters into their own hands, you can create a color even if it's not on the official LU-mode chart, Superkalle's expanded chart, or my expanded chart. To do so, create an LXF file for which the parts are hard to mix up-- I began using one with a single red 1x1 brick. Unzip the file like you would a .zip file to change it from a .lxf to a folder containing a .lxfml-- a file identical to the one you started with, only this one can be edited either with LDD or with a text editor like Notepad.
Using a text editor just change the number listed for MaterialID to any official LEGO color ID you want-- to find which one you need, I recommend the Peeron Color List
which cross-references Bricklink names and numbers with the official LEGO ones. If you need more colors than just one, you can create more 1x1 red bricks by opening the LXFML file with LDD.
Once you have a single piece in the color you want, you can either use the eyedropper tool to select the color and then open the file where you need the color (the color you used the eyedropper on will stay selected) or just copy the brick and paste it into the file where you need the color. By creating a stack of 1x1 bricks in all the colors you need, you can build an entire MOC using only the eyedropper tool and never need to go into the LU color palette again!
Given that switching to DBM mode was too much trouble for you, I'd recommend just downloading Superkalle's color chart or mine-- changing the coding of an LXFML can be tedious, especially since certain colors like out-of-date metallics (like the original C-3PO's color or the color of various Knights' Kingdom swords) do not render correctly with LDD. But learning the official LEGO color names and numbers, or in the very least memorizing what each color looks like and where it is in the LU-mode palette, is a worthwhile experience for any LDD builder.