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version 1.2.2 (2.02 KB) by Jonah Pearl
Make a legend with customized colors and labels, independent of plotted data.


Updated 14 May 2020

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[] = MAKE_CUSTOM_PATCH_LEGEND(colors, labels)
MAKE_CUSTOM_PATCH_LEGEND will plot a custom legend on the current figure.
It uses a hack involving invisible patch objects that I don't understand.
COLORS: either a cell array of n MATLAB color strings ('r', 'b', 'k', etc.);
or a column vector of n scalars, which will index into the current colormap;
or a n x 3 matrix of RGB values for each patch.
LABELS: a cell array of n string labels for your legend.
VARARGIN: name/value arguments to pass to legend().

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Jonah Pearl (2020). make_custom_patch_legend (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

Comments and Ratings (1)

Jonah Pearl

Seems to have worked.



Trying again. Added list of default MATLAB colors.


1.2 update push didn't work for some reason.


Fixed the same spot, so that the for-loop indexing depends on the argument.


Changed line 49 from length(...) to size(...,1).

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2018b
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
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