# Chameleon


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Chameleon is a utility that converts colors from one model to another.
It currently supports: Hex, RGB, CMYK, HSL, HSV, Pantone, and Keywords.

## Use

Chameleon represents colors using Elixir structs. Create a color using one
of the provided structs:

iex> mycolor =, 0, 0)
%Chameleon.RGB{b: 0, g: 0, r: 255}

Once you have a color, Chameleon can convert that color to another colorspace or

iex> Chameleon.convert(mycolor, Chameleon.HSV)
%Chameleon.HSV{h: 0, s: 100, v: 100}

iex> Chameleon.convert(mycolor, Chameleon.Hex)
%Chameleon.Hex{hex: "FF0000"}

Chameleon can also convert strings:

iex> Chameleon.convert("#ff0000", Chameleon.RGB)
%Chameleon.RGB{b: 0, g: 0, r: 255}

iex> Chameleon.convert("red", Chameleon.CMYK)
%Chameleon.CMYK{c: 0, k: 0, m: 100, y: 100}

If Chameleon doesn't know how to convert the color, you'll get an error:

iex> Chameleon.convert("#112233", Chameleon.Pantone)
{:error, "No pantone match could be found for that color value."}

## Adding color types

Chameleon uses Elixir protocols internally to perform the conversions. This
makes it possible to add support for new colorspaces and formats in your own
code. To do this, first create a struct for your color:

defmodule MyApp.FancyColor do
  @enforce_keys [:c1, :c2, :c3]
  defstruct @enforce_keys

  def new(c1, c2, c3), do: %__MODULE__{c1: c1, c2: c2, c3: c3}

Next, create modules for converting the color between types.  Module names must
be of the form `FromColor.ToColor`. For example:

defmodule MyApp.FancyColor.Chameleon.RGB do
  defstruct [:from]

  defimpl Chameleon.Color do
    def convert(%{from: fancy}) do
      # Do math here..., fancy.c2, fancy.c3)

It is recommended to add conversion modules to and from RGB. When Chameleon
doesn't find a direct conversion from one color to another, it will attempt to
convert through RGB. By supporting RGB conversions, your color type will be
convertable between many color types. Of course, color conversion is frequently
a lossy operation and you may want to implement more conversion modules.

## Caveat(s)

Pantone is designed to be used on printed work only. As such, it is disingenuous to say a
pantone value can be translated to a hex value since hex values will look different depending
on the device displaying them. However, if you have a pantone value and want to find a
device-displayable analog, this library will work.

## Installation

The package can be installed by adding `chameleon` to your list of dependencies in `mix.exs`:

def deps do
    {:chameleon, "~> 2.0.0"}

## Contribution

Contributions are welcomed. Please open a pull request or file an issue with your ideas.
Some ideas would be:

* Add a new color model for conversion
* Add functionality to generate complementary colors
* Handle errors for invalid input values