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Graphics Options & Styling

Mathematica provides hundreds of options to control every aspect of the construction and styling of graphics. The options are carefully designed to be both flexible and powerful, and to fit in with Mathematica's sophisticated built-in algorithms for aesthetic optimization.

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Coordinate Ranges »

PlotRange the range of coordinates to include (All for all points)

Shape & Size »

AspectRatio ratio of overall height to width (Automatic to use raw coordinate values)

ImageSize absolute size of the graphic (Small, Large, number of pixels, ...)

Plotting Options »

Joined whether to join points into lines

Filling what filling to add under points, curves and surfaces

Mesh what mesh lines or mesh points to draw

PlotLegends legends for points, curves, and surfaces

PlotStyle ▪ PlotMarkers ▪ ColorFunction ▪ RegionFunction ▪ ...

Annotation & Appearance »

Tooltip tooltip specifications for curves or other objects

Frame whether to draw a frame

Axes ▪ Ticks ▪ PlotLabel ▪ FrameLabel ▪ Background ▪ ...

3D Options »

Boxed whether to draw a box around the object

RotationAction whether 3D objects should refit or clip when rotated

BoxRatios ▪ ViewPoint ▪ SphericalRegion ▪ FaceGrids ▪ Lighting ▪ ...

Colors »

ColorData hundreds of color schemes (gradients, named collections, etc.)

Red ▪ Blue ▪ Blend ▪ Lighter ▪ Darker ▪ Opacity ▪ ...

Combining & Modifying Graphics »

Show overlap graphics or apply new options

GraphicsGrid lay out graphics in a grid

Epilog ▪ Inset ▪ Manipulate

Styling in Text & Notebooks »

ImageSizeMultipliers ▪ BaselinePosition ▪ ...

Tweaking Rendering

Antialiasing ▪ ImagePadding ▪ PreserveImageOptions ▪ Method