[Matplotlib-users] Style axes for imshow only

Thomas Caswell tcaswell at gmail.com
Mon Nov 7 21:19:32 EST 2016

No, `Axes` do not know a head of time what type of artists they will host
(which is both a feature and a bug depending on who you ask).

`imshow` _does_ change some `Axes` properties (in addition to adding the
requisite artists) such as setting the aspect ratio.   In principle we
could have an `image.axis.top` and friends rcParams, but then we maybe
should have them for _all_ of the 'basic' plotting methods.  Not only would
this lead to a great explosion of rcParams, we would also have to deal with
conflicts / rules about how to settle conflicts (which sounds like a big
mess to me).

I suggest writting a helper function like:

def my_imshow_that_changes_axis_visibilty(ax, data, **kwargs):
     # set axis visibility as you desire
     return ax.imshow(data, **kwargs)


def set_up_axes_axis_the_way_i_like_for_imshow(ax):
    # set up the axis the way you want


On Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 8:40 PM Juan Nunez-Iglesias <jni.soma at gmail.com>

> Is there a way to set different axis style for imshow plots using a style
> file?
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