RE: Controlling axes labels in 3D plots

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg68932] RE: [mg68898] Controlling axes labels in 3D plots*From*: "David Park" <djmp at earthlink.net>*Date*: Wed, 23 Aug 2006 07:16:05 -0400 (EDT)*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Luiz, Here is one way to do it from the sample case you sent. I first tried to do this by using Epilog to add the labels as Text statements with direction arguments. This does not work however because Mathematica will not display the text much outside the bounding box. So I did a second method. First make a plot without the axes labels. data = Table[y*Sin[y/x], {y, -1, 1, 0.05}, {x, Pi/12, Pi/3, Pi/60}]; listplot = ListPlot3D[data, MeshRange -> {{Pi/12, Pi/3}, {-1, 1}}, PlotRange -> {{Pi/12, Pi/3}, {-1, 1}, {-1, 1}}, Mesh -> True, ColorFunction -> Hue, ViewPoint -> {-2.450, -0.770, 0.910}, Boxed -> False, MeshStyle -> {GrayLevel[.2]}, TextStyle -> {FontFamily -> "Times", FontWeight -> "Plain", FontSize -> 14}, AxesEdge -> {{-1, -1}, {-1, -1}, {-1, 1}}, FaceGrids -> {{1, 0, 0}, {0, 1, 0}}, PlotRegion -> {{0, 1}, {0.1, 1}}, ImageSize -> 600]; If we put the 3D plot in a Rectangle on a larger sheet of paper, we then have room to write the axes labels. 1) We must use the coordinates that go with with larger piece of paper. But we can't just click them off the plot because the coordinates inside the Rectangle are different. Therefore I had to estimate them and adjust. 2) Similarly I got the slopes by trial and error. 3) When one puts text at an angle, the quality is not too good on the screen, but it looks better when it is printed. 4) This is tailored to a single Viewpoint so you had better get that fixed first. Show[Graphics[ {Rectangle[{0, 0}, {2, 1}, listplot], Text["This is the x axis", {1.9, 0.4}, {0, 0}, {0.32, 1}], Text["This is the y axis", {0.95, 0.17}, {0, 0}, {1, -0.15}], Text["This is the z axis", {0.07, 0.55}, {0, 0}, {-0.07, 1}]} ], TextStyle -> {FontFamily -> "Times", FontWeight -> "Plain", FontSize -> 14}, PlotRange -> {{-0.2, 2.2}, {-0.1, 1.05}}, ImageSize -> 600]; David Park djmp at earthlink.net http://home.earthlink.net/~djmp/ From: Luiz Melo [mailto:luiz.melo at polymtl.ca] To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net Hi MathGroup, It is possible to control the position and the direction of the axes labels in a 3D plot? The label must stay parallel to its axis, whatever the value of the "ViewPoint" used. Any help or hint, please. Thanks in advance. Cheers, Luiz -- Luiz Melo École Polytechnique de Montréal Département de Génie Physique C.P.6079, succ. Centre-ville Montréal (QC) Canada H3C 3A7 Tél (514)340-4711-7454 Fax (514)340-3218