HSB smooth color transition

I made a Happy Mothers day program that involved text slowly changing colors. I’m using HSB, and slowly changed the Hue value until I got to 255 then jumped back to 0. But this doesn’t seem to give that smooth color transition I’m looking for.

This is basically what I’m doing:

fill(clamp(frameCount*0.2, 255), 255, 255);

function clamp(c, cap){
  do { c -= cap } while ( c > cap );
  return c

Full program: https://editor.p5js.org/KoderM/sketches/RekPOFctj

Does anybody know how do get a smooth rainbow effect with HSB color values?

>Solution :

One of the problems with the code wasn’t shown. It’s the colorMode call, which was set to the default colorMode(HSB), which, as the docs say:

By default, this is colorMode(HSB, 360, 100, 100, 1)

function setup() {
  createCanvas(windowWidth, windowHeight);

function draw() {
  fill(frameCount % 360, 100, 100);
  rect(0, 0, windowWidth, windowHeight);
<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/p5.js/1.4.1/p5.js"></script>

You can also use colorMode(HSB, 255); and override the default, then use fill(frameCount % 255, 255, 255); (with optional scaling if desired).

Also, clamping isn’t really the correct concept. That’s traditionally a min/max algorithm, but we actually want to wrap around to 0.

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