29. Changing the Look of Graphics

  1. Michael J. Crawley

Published Online: 6 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118448908.ch29

The R Book, Second Edition

The R Book, Second Edition

How to Cite

Crawley, M. J. (2012) Changing the Look of Graphics, in The R Book, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118448908.ch29

Author Information

  1. Imperial College London at Silwood Park, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 NOV 2012
  2. Published Print: 7 DEC 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470973929

Online ISBN: 9781118448908



  • changing the look of graphics;
  • graphs for publication;
  • palettes for groups of colours/RColorBrewer package;
  • coloured plotting symbols with contrasting margins;
  • cross-hatching;
  • coloured convex hulls and other polygons;
  • mathematical, and other symbols on plots;
  • complex 3D plots with wireframe;
  • graphics parameters, alphabetical tour;
  • Trellis graphics, panel box-and-whisker plots


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Graphs for publication

  • Colour

  • Cross-hatching

  • Grey scale

  • Coloured convex hulls and other polygons

  • Logarithmic axes

  • Different font families for text

  • Mathematical and other symbols on plots

  • Phase planes

  • Fat arrows

  • Three-dimensional plots

  • Complex 3D plots with wireframe

  • An alphabetical tour of the graphics parameters

  • Trellis graphics