# How to use existing plots in a new plot?

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RFR on 21 Aug 2018
Answered: Julie on 21 Aug 2018
I am trying to use three existing plots to make a new plot. I also want to resize the original plots and organise them with the following dimensions:
figure;
pos1= [0.1, 0.1, 0.2, 0.6];
subplot('Position',pos1)
pos2= [0.35, 0.75, 0.6, 0.20];
subplot('Position',pos2)
pos3= [0.35, 0.1, 0.6, 0.60];
subplot('Position',pos3)
I have tried with the copyobj function but I cannot make it work. I would appreciate if you guys can help me to solve this problem. What I have is:
%create a figure
figure;
surf(peaks)
%get axes
ax1=gca;
%create a new figure
fnew=figure(2);
%copy first figure
ax1_copy = copyobj(ax1,f4);
subplot(2,2,2,ax1_copy)
%copy second figure
ax2_copy = copyobj(ax1,f4);
subplot(2,2,3,ax2_copy)
%copy third figure
ax3_copy = copyobj(ax1,f4);
subplot(2,2,4,ax3_copy)
Adam Danz on 21 Aug 2018
Describe what is wrong with the outcome of your approach.

Adam Danz on 21 Aug 2018
First, store the handles to your figure and axes like this.
f1 = figure;
pos1= [0.1, 0.1, 0.2, 0.6];
sp1 = subplot('Position',pos1);
pos2= [0.35, 0.75, 0.6, 0.20];
sp2 = subplot('Position',pos2);
pos3= [0.35, 0.1, 0.6, 0.60];
sp3 = subplot('Position',pos3);
After you're done plotting, copy content from figure 1 to figure 2. You must enter the handles to each axis and the handle to the new figure.
f2 = figure;
cloneHand = copyobj([sp1, sp2, sp3], f2);

Julie on 21 Aug 2018
It's a bit of a workaround, but if copyobj failed you can just read the data off of the existing plots using THIS METHOD. Then re-plot in the subplot structure.
Alternatively you may be using copyobj incorrectly angd you can try using THIS METHOD