Colors and Color Spaces Using Colors in SetaPDF

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Colors
      1. Color Spaces


        Colors could be defined and used in various ways in a PDF file. The SetaPDF-Core component offers several classes to handle a wide range of available color spaces and values. 


        Color values are represented by color classes. These instances are mostly used internal by a component to use such color for drawing in or writing text to a canvas object.

        If a components class offers a method to define a color, it requires a color instance or it will forward the argument to a static method which will create a component by the given color components: 

        static public SetaPDF_Core_DataStructure_Color SetaPDF_Core_DataStructure_Color::createByComponents ( bool|int|float|string|array|SetaPDF_Core_Type_Array $components )

        Create an instance by a PDF array object, PHP array or a hexadecimal string of an RGB value.

        $components : bool|int|float|string|array|SetaPDF_Core_Type_Array

        The count of $components define the color space (1 - gray, 3 - RGB, 4 - CMYK). The color values must be between 0 and 1.
        It is also possible to pass a hexadecimal string of an RGB value. The string need to be prefixed by a sharp (#).


        Throws InvalidArgumentException

        For sure it is possible to initiate a color object manually by passing the components to its constructor. Common color values could be created with the SetaPDF_Core_DataStructure_Color_Gray, SetaPDF_Core_DataStructure_Color_Rgb, SetaPDF_Core_DataStructure_Color_Cmyk classes:

        $red = new SetaPDF_Core_DataStructure_Color_Rgb(1, 0, 0);
        // the components could also be passed as array
        $green = new SetaPDF_Core_DataStructure_Color_Rgb(array(0, 1, 0));
        $blue = new SetaPDF_Core_DataStructure_Color_Rgb(0, 0, 1);
        $gray = new SetaPDF_Core_DataStructure_Color_Gray(.3);
        $orange = new SetaPDF_Core_DataStructure_Color_Cmyk(0, .35, 1, 0);
        $violet = new SetaPDF_Core_DataStructure_Color_Cmyk(array(.07, .39, 0, .4));
        $limegreen = SetaPDF_Core_DataStructure_Color::createByComponents('#32CD32');

        Color Spaces

        The SetaPDF-Core component offers classes for defining color spaces. The color classes mentioned earlier will define their own color space when they were invoked by an operator in a content stream.

        In the PDF format it is also possible to declare color components for a currently activated color space. This is needed for example for a Separation color space (see PDF 32000-1:2008 - Separation Colour Spaces):

        // get a document instance
        $writer = new SetaPDF_Core_Writer_Http('separation.pdf', true);
        $document = new SetaPDF_Core_Document($writer);
        // create a blank page
        $page = $document->getCatalog()->getPages()->create(SetaPDF_Core_PageFormats::A4);
        // get the canvas object
        $canvas = $page->getCanvas();
        // define some spot colors
        $yellow = SetaPDF_Core_ColorSpace_Separation::createSpotColor($document, 'PANTONE 130', 0, 22/100, 90/100, 0);
        $blue = SetaPDF_Core_ColorSpace_Separation::createSpotColor($document, 'PANTONE 3005', 100/100, 20/100, 0, 0);
        $orange = SetaPDF_Core_ColorSpace_Separation::createSpotColor($document, 'PANTONE 144', 0, 50/100, 100/100, 0);
        // Set the non stroking color space and tint value
               ->setNonStrokingColor(new SetaPDF_Core_DataStructure_Color_Special(1));
        // Set the stroking color space and tint value
               ->setStrokingColor(new SetaPDF_Core_DataStructure_Color_Special(1));
        // let's draw a rect
        $canvas->draw()->rect(20, 500, 200, 200, SetaPDF_Core_Canvas_Draw::STYLE_DRAW_AND_FILL);
        // set the non stroking color space and tint value
               ->setNonStrokingColor(new SetaPDF_Core_DataStructure_Color_Special(1));
        // change the tint value of the stroking color space
        $canvas->setStrokingColor(new SetaPDF_Core_DataStructure_Color_Special(.5));
        // draw a circle
        $canvas->draw()->circle(190, 540, 60, SetaPDF_Core_Canvas_Draw::STYLE_DRAW_AND_FILL);