I can't find a way to display RGB values (or equivalent) without using the python shell.

I would like to get and set color values numerically (ie. not painting), I can't find it for weight painting either (I expected it to appear in the "n" panel with something like "vertex" as a title).

  • $\begingroup$ Are you asking how to get the RGB of a color in weight paint mode? $\endgroup$ – CharlesL Jun 11 '13 at 19:44
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry for the late answer ! Yes, I needed a way to edit or read the color's data of a vertex, thanks for the nice answer @zeffii , but I'm looking for something in the UI, without Python. At the UI level why is it at face level ? $\endgroup$ – user1759333 Mar 29 '16 at 21:43
  • $\begingroup$ i'll edit my answer. $\endgroup$ – zeffii Mar 30 '16 at 9:10

I would like to get and set color values numerically (ie. not painting),

There may be add-ons that cater to this, but at present (March 2016)

  • Blender doesn't have a (non-Python) way to set the Vertex Colors per selected vertex/vertices. Per face is however, as stated below, not a problem.

  • There is no built-in interface (yet) to get the rgb value of a selected Vertex. Each vertex can be shared by a number of faces, therefore a vertex doesn't necessarily have one color associated with it. Behind the scenes the Vertex Colors are not stored in the data per vertex but in a Vertex Color layer, which stores vertex colors for each face of the mesh.

    Possibly this explains that a bit more clear. There are 9 verts in this subdivided plane, and the middle vertex is used in 4 faces and therefore has 4 different colors associated. enter image description here

Vertex Color Map

You can set a collection of faces to one colour in vertex paint mode, by selecting them and setting the colour from the colour picker, then shift+K will fill the selection with that colour. You can enter numericals into the Blender colour picker.

You can pick faces with face selection masking enter image description here

If you want to do it by script:

import bpy
import random
# start in object mode
obj = bpy.data.objects["Cube"]
mesh = obj.data

if not mesh.vertex_colors:

let us assume for sake of brevity that there is now 
a vertex color map called  'Col'    

color_layer = mesh.vertex_colors["Col"]

# or you could avoid using the color_layer name
# color_layer = mesh.vertex_colors.active  

i = 0
for poly in mesh.polygons:
    for idx in poly.loop_indices:
        r, g, b = [random.random() for i in range(3)]
        color_layer.data[i].color = (r, g, b, 1.0)
        i += 1

# set to vertex paint mode to see the result

Also a small blogpost about vertex colours here and here, if you are so inclined.

For Weight Painting, i'm not sure -- i'll let someone more familiar with that give an answer

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  • $\begingroup$ How would you change this script to set the vertex colors equal to the value of the vertices themselves? I.e. each vertex RGB = XYZ? $\endgroup$ – twerdster Feb 1 '14 at 16:21
  • $\begingroup$ How could I set the color to the value under the normal of a face or the approximate blended color if the vertices of that face are different? $\endgroup$ – iKlsR Feb 23 '15 at 12:39
  • $\begingroup$ @iKlsR using vertex_normals then, might be worth asking a separate question. $\endgroup$ – zeffii Feb 23 '15 at 14:35
  • $\begingroup$ @iKlsR gist.github.com/zeffii/90399b67820dbf64628b vertex.normal $\endgroup$ – zeffii Feb 23 '15 at 14:44
  • $\begingroup$ @zeffii The color under the normal or the color in the middle of a polygon. I've never used vertex paint programmatically before so not even sure the api allows this. $\endgroup$ – iKlsR Feb 23 '15 at 14:56

You can try this code to apply color to vertices selected in edit mode:

import bpy

def color_to_vertices(color):
    mesh = bpy.context.active_object.data
    bpy.ops.object.mode_set(mode = 'VERTEX_PAINT')

    selected_verts = []
    for vert in mesh.vertices:
        if vert.select == True:

    for polygon in mesh.polygons:
        for selected_vert in selected_verts:
            for i, index in enumerate(polygon.vertices):
                if selected_vert.index == index:
                    loop_index = polygon.loop_indices[i]
                    mesh.vertex_colors.active.data[loop_index].color = color

    bpy.ops.object.mode_set(mode = 'EDIT')

import random

RGB = [random.uniform(0,1) for i in range(3)]

The result will be like this:

enter image description here

Don't forget about proper material node setup if you want to see the result in edit mode (material viewport shading) and render:

enter image description here

For convenience sake you maybe want to create some panel and an operator.

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If you happen to be working with .ply files (or can convert your model to that), I recommend using the Point Cloud Visualizer, like so:

from space_view3d_point_cloud_visualizer import PlyPointCloudReader

ply_filename = "some_file.ply"
point_cloud = PlyPointCloudReader(ply_filename).points

# get color of point at index 100
red = point_cloud['red'][100]
blue = point_cloud['blue'][100]
green = point_cloud['green'][100]
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Setting weight numerically

Enter edit mode and you'll find it in the Properties window under, Object Data, Vertex Groups.

Vertex Groups

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