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NAME

       rgb2pct - Convert a 24bit RGB image to 8bit paletted.

SYNOPSIS

       rgb2pct.py [-n colors | -pct palette_file] [-of format] source_file dest_file

DESCRIPTION

       This utility will compute an optimal pseudo-color table for a given RGB image using a
       median cut algorithm on a downsampled RGB histogram. Then it converts the image into a
       pseudo-colored image using the color table. This conversion utilizes Floyd-Steinberg
       dithering (error diffusion) to maximize output image visual quality.

       -n colors:
           Select the number of colors in the generated color table. Defaults to 256. Must be
           between 2 and 256.

       -pct palette_file:
           Extract the color table from palette_file instead of computing it. Can be used to have
           a consistent color table for multiple files. The palette_file must be a raster file in
           a GDAL supported format with a palette.

       -of format:
           Select the output format. Starting with GDAL 2.3, if not specified, the format is
           guessed from the extension (previously was GTiff). Use the short format name. Only
           output formats supporting pseudo-color tables should be used.

       source_file:
           The input RGB file.

       dest_file:
           The output pseudo-colored file that will be created.

       NOTE: rgb2pct.py is a Python script, and will only work if GDAL was built with Python
       support.

EXAMPLE

       If it is desired to hand create the palette, likely the simplest text format is the GDAL
       VRT format. In the following example a VRT was created in a text editor with a small 4
       color palette with the RGBA colors 238/238/238/255, 237/237/237/255, 236/236/236/255 and
       229/229/229/255.

       % rgb2pct.py -pct palette.vrt rgb.tif pseudo-colored.tif
       % more < palette.vrt
       <VRTDataset rasterXSize="226" rasterYSize="271">
         <VRTRasterBand dataType="Byte" band="1">
           <ColorInterp>Palette</ColorInterp>
           <ColorTable>
             <Entry c1="238" c2="238" c3="238" c4="255"/>
             <Entry c1="237" c2="237" c3="237" c4="255"/>
             <Entry c1="236" c2="236" c3="236" c4="255"/>
             <Entry c1="229" c2="229" c3="229" c4="255"/>
           </ColorTable>
         </VRTRasterBand>
       </VRTDataset>

AUTHOR

       Frank Warmerdam warmerdam@pobox.com