Computer Software Uses 17 Million Colors to Create Amazing Digital Artworks

The images were created as part of an online contest

By on March 7th, 2014 13:11 GMT

A Hungarian programmer created some impressive computer images that contain almost 17 million different colors, with every pixel of the screen being a different hue to the one next to it.

József Fejes made the artworks, called “rainbow smoke,” as part of an online contest using a piece of software designed by himself.

Last month, an online competition, organized by Programming Puzzles and Code Golf Stack Exchange, challenged coders to write a simple software to produce original images where every pixel was a different color.

The participants could use as many as 16,777,216 colors – the highest number possible with 24-bit RGB system – although the contest's rules required them to use all the 15-bit RGB system, which includes a total of 32,768 individual hues.

The images had to be created using just algorithms and cover at least 256 x 128 pixels. However, the contestants were allowed to create larger pictures if they wanted to.

After a public voting, József Fejes was declared the winner with a total of 144 votes. His program was designed to plot one color then put a similar hue next to it, based on intensity levels of light in each color. The algorithm does this until the whole screen is filled.

“At first I didn't really know if it was going to end up looking beautiful or not, it was just an interesting programming challenge for me. I was very surprised at how beautiful it turned out to be,” the coder said, according to the Mirror.

Take a look at the video above to see the program in action and check out the result in the photo gallery below.
Computer Software Uses 17 Million Colors to Create Amazing Digital Artworks
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