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ASCOLOR(1x) User Commands ASCOLOR(1x)


ascolor - create color schemes for AfterStep


ascolor [-b|--base-color color] [-a|--angle angle] [-f|--file file] [-s|--string xmlstring] [-i|--save-image file] [-t|--type type] [-c|--compress level] [-o|--output file] [-n|--no-display] [-r|--root-window] [-h|--help] [-v|--version] [-V|--verbose] [-D|--debug]


ascolor is a simple GUI to create color schemes for AfterStep. ascolor writes the result into a file named color scheme in current directory or in the directory given with -o option (see below).

There are 4 parameters to the color scheme: Angle, Hue, Saturation and Value. Pressing arrow keys in ascolor window will change the currently selected parameter. To select parameter press 'a', 'h', 's' or 'v' keys.

ascolor will also create .mini file suitable to be used as minipixmap in the AfterStep menu.

Rename and copy both colorscheme and .mini files into ~/.afterstep/colorschemes directory and refresh AfterStep menu. New entry should show up. Select it to apply new color scheme.


base color to use
initial angle
an XML file to use as input
an XML string to use as input
save image to given file
type of image to save
compression level of image
output to file
do not display the GUI
draw result image on root window
use color and angle from default scheme
display this help and exit
display version and exit
increase verbosity
show debug messages




This manual page was written by Robert Luberda <>, using help2man(1) program, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

March 2015 AfterStep version 2.2.12