how to costum the color palette for ggplot2
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Hi, I use the following code to get the heatmap (figureA):

My code: enter image description here

Figure A enter image description here

However, I don't quite like the color (scale color and color bar). How could I modify the color as the Figure B (only care about the colors).

Figure B enter image description here

Thank you!

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Not sure if I understood the problem - do you want a different "red" tonality? Here you can find the different colors in R. Just replace the "#EA3323" by your color of interest.

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Thank you! The R colors cheat-sheet is wonderful!

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You can use scale_fill_gradient2() instead of scale_fill_gradient() to have a few more arguments to customize. In particular by setting a mid color or moving the midpoint to a particular numeric value, you can adjust the gradient to your liking.

scale_fill_gradient2(
  ...,
  low = "white",
  mid = "red50",
  high = "red",
  midpoint = 0.02,
  space = "Lab",
  na.value = "grey50",
  guide = "colourbar",
  aesthetics = "fill"
) 

You can also choose your desired colour with various online tools (search for "Hex colour picker"), if you need an exact matching colour to some template.

To change the appearance of the legend, e.g. make the bar smaller you can use the legend options of theme(), e.g. legend.key=element_rect() and legend.key.text=element_text(). Like so, you can for example highlight the breaks in black or make the legend width smaller.

I hope this helped. Best Matthias

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