How to get rainbow colored text on matrix ? is it possible ?

Hi all

Well im getting started really on arduino so ive done a lot of reading trying etc on various project. my last project is a multi rotor with led strips and a matrix.

i would like to know if its possible using neopixel matrix to get rainbow colored text ? here is the code im using its matrixtest slightly modified

#include <Adafruit_GFX.h>
#include <Adafruit_NeoMatrix.h>
#include <Adafruit_NeoPixel.h>
#ifndef PSTR
 #define PSTR // Make Arduino Due happy

#define PIN 6

// Parameter 1 = width of NeoPixel matrix
// Parameter 2 = height of matrix
// Parameter 3 = pin number (most are valid)
// Parameter 4 = matrix layout flags, add together as needed:
//     Position of the FIRST LED in the matrix; pick two, e.g.
//     NEO_MATRIX_TOP + NEO_MATRIX_LEFT for the top-left corner.
//   NEO_MATRIX_ROWS, NEO_MATRIX_COLUMNS: LEDs are arranged in horizontal
//     rows or in vertical columns, respectively; pick one or the other.
//   NEO_MATRIX_PROGRESSIVE, NEO_MATRIX_ZIGZAG: all rows/columns proceed
//     in the same order, or alternate lines reverse direction; pick one.
//   See example below for these values in action.
// Parameter 5 = pixel type flags, add together as needed:
//   NEO_KHZ800  800 KHz bitstream (most NeoPixel products w/WS2812 LEDs)
//   NEO_KHZ400  400 KHz (classic 'v1' (not v2) FLORA pixels, WS2811 drivers)
//   NEO_GRB     Pixels are wired for GRB bitstream (most NeoPixel products)
//   NEO_RGB     Pixels are wired for RGB bitstream (v1 FLORA pixels, not v2)

// Example for NeoPixel Shield.  In this application we'd like to use it
// as a 5x8 tall matrix, with the USB port positioned at the top of the
// Arduino.  When held that way, the first pixel is at the top right, and
// lines are arranged in columns, progressive order.  The shield uses
// 800 KHz (v2) pixels that expect GRB color data.
Adafruit_NeoMatrix matrix = Adafruit_NeoMatrix(18, 7, PIN,
  NEO_GRB            + NEO_KHZ800);

const uint16_t colors[] = {
  matrix.Color(255, 0, 0), matrix.Color(0, 255, 0), matrix.Color(0, 255, 255) };

void setup() {

int x    = matrix.width();
int pass = 0;

void loop() {
  String text = "CEST DANS L'AIR";  // new text input place string
  int totalShifts = (text.length() *6);   // number of shifts required
  matrix.setCursor(x, 0);
  if(--x < -totalShifts) {
    x = matrix.width();
    if(++pass >= 3) pass = 0;

ive been searching for 2 days :frowning: any insight or help would be great :slight_smile:

This is what i have so far but i would like rainbow colored text

i would like to know if its possible using neopixel matrix to get rainbow colored text

Yes it should be.

Do you want the colours to always be in the same position in the character or do you want it to be in the same physical position in the matrix?

Just define your fonts with the colour data built in for the same position in the character, or set different colours in different pixel positions for to be in the same physical position.

Draw out the font definitions for a few characters and it should all fall into place.

Thank you for the reply

I wouldnt know where to start !! im not so skilled yet , im trying ........