This post contains some info on the color availability in LDD Universe Mode and instructions how to get access to an extended palette including Lime, Old Gray, Sand Red, Maersk Blue etc.
LDD actually supports all Lego colors, also the OLD that are no longer in production, such as Old Brown, Old Grey etc. It’s just that you won’t find them in the Color Palette Tool – but they are there, under the hood.
In LDD are also several NEW/UNKNOWN colors that are not in production but can be found in the Color Palette Tool. These have Lego Color ID’s ranging from 321 to 326. If these colors are Lego internal colors intended for LU designers working with Digital Media, or are hints of new colors for upcoming sets, I don’t know. For us LDD users they are pretty useless for now as there are no physical bricks in those colors.
And finally, LDD also supports CURRENT colors even if they are missing in the color Palette Tool. Examples of this include Lime. The workaround to get access to these colors has been discussed here at the forum before, but instructions are below as well..
What it adds up to
So, what does all this mean, and how can I access and use all the colors? To simplify your life, read the instructions and download the attachment below.
How to use the LXF-reference file:
1. Download the file below
2. Open the Color reference LXF-file.
3. Copy one or more bricks with the colors you want to use.
4. Open the LXF you want to work on (or create a new one).
5. Paste the brick and then use Color Picker Tool to copy the colors.
For quick access to colors, you can also use this cool tip
Q: Why should I care about exactly what color I apply. If I want a Light Blue color, can’t I just use any of the light blue colors that look right?
A: Well, you could. But if you ever want to order the physical bricks and build your model, than you need to be more precise. And I guess also it’s just good practice to use the right color
The attached zip-file contains:
1) Color Chart LXF-file with all colors, from which you can copy them as described above.
2) An excel sheet with the LDD colors names and corresponding BrickLink colors. Sorted in the order of the bricks in the reference LXF-file.
NOTE: Please, as usual DON’T republish that information on the web, instead link to this post so others can download from here.
Edited by Superkalle, 06 August 2010 - 03:03 PM.