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Create line object
line
line(X,Y)
line(X,Y,Z)
line(X,Y,Z,'PropertyName',propertyvalue,...)
line('XData',x,'YData',y,'ZData',z,...)
h = line(...)
line creates a line object in the current axes with default values x = [0 1] and y = [0 1]. You can specify the color, width, line style, and marker type, as well as other characteristics.
The line function has two forms:
Automatic color and line style cycling. When you specify multiple line coordinate data as a column array using the informal syntax (i.e., the first three arguments are interpreted as the coordinates),
line(X,Y,Z)
MATLAB^{®} cycles through the axes ColorOrder and LineStyleOrder property values the way the plot function does. However, unlike plot, line does not call the newplot function.
Purely low-level behavior. When you call line with only property name/property value pairs,
line('XData',x,'YData',y,'ZData',z)
MATLAB draws a line object in the current axes using the default line color (see the colordef function for information on color defaults). Note that you cannot specify matrix coordinate data with the low-level form of the line function.
line(X,Y) adds the line defined in vectors X and Y to the current axes. If X and Y are matrices of the same size, line draws one line per column.
line(X,Y,Z) creates lines in three-dimensional coordinates.
line(X,Y,Z,'PropertyName',propertyvalue,...) creates a line using the values for the property name/property value pairs specified and default values for all other properties. For a description of the properties, see Primitive Line Properties.
line('XData',x,'YData',y,'ZData',z,...) creates a line in the current axes using the property values defined as arguments. This is the low-level form of the line function, which does not accept matrix coordinate data as the other informal forms described above.
h = line(...) returns a column vector of primitive line handles corresponding to each line object the function creates.
This example uses the line function to add a shadow to plotted data. First, plot some data and save the line's handle:
t = 0:pi/20:2*pi;
hline1 = plot(t,sin(t),'k');
ax = gca;
Next, add a shadow by offsetting the x-coordinates. Make the shadow line light gray and wider than the default LineWidth:
hline2 = line(t+.06,sin(t),... 'LineWidth',4,... 'Color',[.8 .8 .8],... 'Parent',ax);
Finally, pull the first line to the front:
set(gca,'Children',[hline1 hline2])
You can use the ginput function to select points from a figure. For example:
[x,y] = ginput(5); line(x,y)
Drawing with mouse motion
You can use the axes CurrentPoint property and the figure WindowButtonDownFcn and WindowButtonMotionFcn properties to select a point with a mouse click and draw a line to another point by dragging the mouse, like a simple drawing program. The following example illustrates a few useful techniques for doing this type of interactive drawing.
Click to view in editorClick to view in editor — This example enables you to click and drag the cursor to draw lines.
Click to run exampleClick to run example — Click the left mouse button in the axes and move the cursor, left-click to define the line end point, right-click to end drawing mode.
This statement reuses the one-column matrix specified for ZData to produce two lines, each having four points.
line(rand(4,2),rand(4,2),rand(4,1))
If all the data has the same number of columns and one row each, MATLAB transposes the matrices to produce data for plotting. For example,
line(rand(1,4),rand(1,4),rand(1,4))
is changed to
line(rand(4,1),rand(4,1),rand(4,1))
This also applies to the case when just one or two matrices have one row. For example, the statement
line(rand(2,4),rand(2,4),rand(1,4))
is equivalent to
line(rand(4,2),rand(4,2),rand(4,1))