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Displays three user-specified raster maps as red, green, and blue overlays in the active graphics frame.


display, graphics, raster, RGB


d.rgb --help
d.rgb [-n] red=name green=name blue=name  [--help]  [--verbose]  [--quiet]  [--ui]



Make null cells opaque


Print usage summary


Verbose module output


Quiet module output


Force launching GUI dialog


red=name [required]

Name of raster map to be used for <red>

green=name [required]

Name of raster map to be used for <green>

blue=name [required]

Name of raster map to be used for <blue>


RGB stands for red, green, and blue. d.rgb visually combines three raster maps to form a color image. For each map, the corresponding component from the layer’s color table is used (e.g. for the red layer, the red component is used, and so on). In general, the input raster maps should use a grey-scale color table.


d.rgb does not attempt to quantize the combined image into a fixed number of colors. Nor does it have an option to generate a composite layer (see r.composite for that). The image and raster maps will not display properly if the graphics device does not have a reasonable sampling of the RGB color-space.

If color quality of satellite image color composites seems to appear poor, run i.colors.enhance on the selected satellite channels.

An alternative is the assignment of grey color tables to each band with r.colors:

r.info -r image.1
r.colors map=image.1 color=grey
r.colors map=image.2 rast=image.1
r.colors map=image.3 rast=image.1

To write out the color composite to a combined R/G/B raster maps, use r.composite.


Visual color composite of a LANDSAT scene (North Carolina sample dataset):

g.region raster=lsat7_2002_10 -p
d.rgb blue=lsat7_2002_10 green=lsat7_2002_20 red=lsat7_2002_30

Figure: Visual color composite of a LANDSAT scene (North Carolina sample dataset)

See Also

d.colortable, d.his, r.blend, r.mapcalc, r.colors, r.composite


Glynn Clements

Source Code

Available at: d.rgb source code (history)

Accessed: Tuesday Mar 19 11:01:49 2024

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