# Use ColorFunction in ListLinePlot with If

The following code

ListLinePlot[{2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12},
ColorFunction -> Function[{x, y}, If[x <= 3, Blue, Red]]]


should produce blue lines for $x\le3$ and red lines for $x\ge3$. But instead, the plot contains only blue lines.

Where are my red lines?

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ColorFunctionScaling – Brett Champion Jun 18 '12 at 18:05
Why should I use ColorFunctionScaling? My specific color function delivers Blue or Red – two well defined color directives. – Deniz Jun 18 '12 at 18:08
@Deniz B/c ColorFunctionScaling prevents the scaling of the argument, not of the function – Dr. belisarius Jun 18 '12 at 18:50

Try

ListLinePlot[{2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12},
ColorFunction -> Function[{x, y}, If[x <= 3, Blue, Red]],
ColorFunctionScaling -> False, PlotStyle -> Thick, Mesh -> All,
MeshStyle -> {Orange, PointSize[0.03]}, PlotRange -> 13,
Frame -> True]


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Mesh is a substitute for PlotMarkers? Didn't know that! – Verbeia Jun 18 '12 at 20:25

Here's how to drive Brett's and belisarius's point home. Let's modify your original code a bit so we can see exactly what things are passed to your ColorFunction:

Reap[ListLinePlot[{2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12},
ColorFunction -> Function[{x, y}, Sow[x]; If[x <= 3, Blue, Red]]]]


We obtain your erroneous plot as the first component of a list, and the list of all the values passed to your ColorFunction: {{0., 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1.}} as the second component. Effectively, what was done is to apply Rescale[] to the original list you plotted (i.e. Rescale[N@{2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12}]). That's because ColorFunctionScaling is by default set to True:

Options[ListLinePlot, ColorFunctionScaling]
{ColorFunctionScaling -> True}


Let's see what happens if we disable ColorFunctionScaling:

ListLinePlot[{2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12},
ColorFunction -> Function[{x, y}, If[x <= 3, Blue, Red]],
ColorFunctionScaling -> False]


Note the nice purplish shade in between 3 and 4, showing that the color interpolation is working nicely.

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