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Re: Aligning Plots in V6

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  • Subject: [mg78371] Re: [mg78308] Aligning Plots in V6
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 05:48:44 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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  • Reply-to: murray at

That's a very instructive example.  One more adornment could be added, 
for those who don't like to get dizzy reading rotated labels on the 
vertical axis:  insert option RotateLabel->False inside the Plot expression.

David Park wrote:
> A question yesterday about plotting in Do loops and the answers do it got me 
> to exploring the example a little more.
> A common complaint in pre Version 6 graphics was the difficulty in aligning 
> vertical plots on the x axes of the two plots. With new commands like 
> GraphicsColumn and ImagePadding V6 makes this much easier. The alignment 
> problem usually occurs when the ticks values and labels outside of the plot 
> frame take up different spaces. By using ImageMargin to allow for sufficient 
> space for each of the plots the problem is solved. ImageMargins are in 
> printer points and may be specified for all sides of a plot. They must leave 
> enough room for tick labels, frame labels and plot labels. For alignment you 
> need the same ImageMargins for each plot.
> Here is an example where the bottom plot has longer y tick values, and a y 
> frame label that takes more space.
> Labeled[
>  GraphicsColumn[
>   Table[Plot[10^(2 n) Sin[x], {x, 0, 2*Pi},
>     Frame -> True,
>     FrameLabel -> {x, function/n},
>     PlotLabel -> 10^(2 n) Sin[x],
>     ImagePadding -> {{80, 15}, {35, 25}},
>     Background -> ColorData["Legacy", "Linen"]],
>    {n, 1, 2}],
>   Center,
>   {{20, 20}, {20, 5, 20}},
>   Background -> LightGreen,
>   ImageSize -> 500],
>  "Aligning Two Plots",
>  {{Bottom, Left}}]
> I added extra elements to the plot that a user might typically use. The 
> plots appear to be aligned whether Left, Center, Right or Automatic is used 
> for the GraphicsColumn alignment. The only small problem I find is that 
> right hand side horizontal spacing after the plots seems to be slightly off 
> and difficult to control exactly.
> David Park
> djmpark at

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