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Re: Overlaying a grid on graphics to guide placement

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  • Subject: [mg73836] [mg73836] Re: [mg73785] Overlaying a grid on graphics to guide placement
  • From: Bob Hanlon <hanlonr at cox.net>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2007 06:18:03 -0500 (EST)
  • Reply-to: hanlonr at cox.net

You could use the GridLines option.

Needs["Graphics`"];

SetOptions[#,PlotStyle->Red,Frame->True,Axes->False,
        PlotRange->{Automatic,{0.95,3.05}}]&/@
    {Plot,LogLogPlot,LogLinearPlot};

DisplayTogetherArray[{
      {LogLogPlot[Exp[-x+1],{x,0,1},
          GridLines->Automatic],
        LogLogPlot[Exp[-x+1],{x,0,1},
          GridLines->{Table[10^-n,{n,0,5}],
              Table[y,{y,1,3,.5}]}]},
      {LogLinearPlot[Exp[-x+1],{x,0,1},
          GridLines->Automatic],
        LogLinearPlot[Exp[-x+1],{x,0,1},
          GridLines->{Table[10^-n,{n,0,5}],Automatic}]},
      {Plot[Exp[-x+1],{x,0,1},
          GridLines->Automatic]}},
    ImageSize->800];


Bob Hanlon

---- "Michael A. Gilchrist" <mikeg at utk.edu> wrote: 
> Hi,
> 
> I'd like to develop a function which overlays a grid on a graphics such as 
> a plot to help with the placement of additional graphics object through 
> things like Epilog or Prolog.
> 
> I've taken a stab at it below,
> 
> (*construction of grid*)
> imax = jmax = 4;
> step = 0.25;
> 
> hlines =
>      Table[{If[j == 0., Black, LightGray],
>          Line[{{-imax, j}, {imax, j}}]}, {j, -jmax, jmax, step}];
> 
> vlines =
>      Table[{If[j == 0., Black, LightGray],
>          Line[{{ j, -imax}, {j, imax}}]}, {j, -jmax, jmax, step}];
> 
> hlabels = Table[Text[j, {j, 0}, {1, 1.1}], {j, -jmax, jmax, 1}];
> vlabels = Table[Text[j, {0, j}, {1.1, 1}], {j, -jmax, jmax, 1}];
> 
> grid = Join[hlines, vlines, hlabels, vlabels];
> 
> (* ooh it looks good on its own*)
> Show[Graphics[grid]]
> 
> 
> (*not so good here*)
> LogLogPlot[Exp[-x + 1], {x, 0, 1},
>    Epilog -> grid]
> 
> Plot[Exp[-x + 1], {x, 0, 1},
>    Epilog -> grid]
> 
> Show[GraphicsArray[{
>        {LogLogPlot[Exp[-x + 1], {x, 0, 1},
>            DisplayFunction -> Identity]},
>        {Plot[Exp[-x + 1], {x, 0, 1},
>            DisplayFunction -> Identity]}}], Epilog -> grid]
> 
> 
> If you run these commands you'll see that my attempt is inelegant and it 
> doesn't work very well.  Ideally, the grid would (a) adjust itself so that 
> its boundaries are within the graphics object and (b) adjust the spacing 
> and labeling so that the grid lines are frequent enough to be informative 
> but not obscure the entire figure.
> 
> If any one has any suggestions I'd greatly appreciate hearing them.
> 
> Thanks in advance.
> 
> Mike
> 
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