With The Color Miner, we have programmatically reconstructed the classic Windows 16-color VGA palette with few basic algorithmic rules.

We also found that iterating the 16-color VGA palette, with these rules, the result converges to a 42-color palette. As given below.


The algorithms utilized allow one to:

  • reconstruct large palettes with a small set of seed colors.
  • store a small set of colors instead of a large palette file.
  • build basic palette generators and color tools.
  • use an initial palette to discover colors or propose new ones, then use these to expand the initial palette.

For additional information and to verify these findings, visit the The Color Miner page.