Customizing plots after the fact

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Matlab post Sometimes it is desirable to make a plot that shows the data you want to present, and to customize the details, e.g. font size/type and line thicknesses afterwards. It can be tedious to try to add the customization code to the existing code that makes the plot. Today, we look at a way to do the customization after the plot is created.

import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

x = np.linspace(0,2)
y1 = x
y2 = x**2
y3 = x**3

plt.plot(x, y1, x, y2, x, y3)
xL = plt.xlabel('x')
yL = plt.ylabel('f(x)')
plt.title('plots of y = x^n')
plt.legend(['x', 'x^2', 'x^3'], loc='best')

fig = plt.gcf()

plt.setp(fig, 'size_inches', (4, 6))

# set lines to dashed
from matplotlib.lines import Line2D
for o in fig.findobj(Line2D):


import matplotlib.text as text
for o in fig.findobj(text.Text):
    plt.setp(o, 'fontname','Arial', 'fontweight','bold', 'fontsize', 14)

plt.setp(xL, 'fontstyle', 'italic')
plt.setp(yL, 'fontstyle', 'italic')

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