In PointLegend we have (checked with versions 10.4.1 and 11.0.0) EdgeForm[Opacity[0.3]] by default applied to LegendMarkers:

PointLegend[{Directive[Blue, EdgeForm[{Red, Thickness[.05]}]]}, {"label1"}, 
 LegendMarkers -> {Graphics[Disk[]]}, LegendMarkerSize -> 70]

Cases[ToBoxes[%], GraphicsBox[p_, _] /; ! FreeQ[p, DiskBox], Infinity]



GraphicsBox[DiskBox[{0, 0}], {DefaultBaseStyle -> {"Graphics", {AbsolutePointSize[6]}, 
    Directive[PointSize[0.5], AbsoluteThickness[1.6], RGBColor[0, 0, 1], 
     EdgeForm[Directive[Opacity[0.3], RGBColor[1, 0, 0], Thickness[0.257143]]]]}}]


As one can see from the above, the edge of the disk has Opacity[0.3] which was not specified in the original PointLegend expression but is somehow introduced during conversion into boxes.

I have two questions:

  1. From where comes Opacity[0.3]?
  2. How to disable it?

I know that one workaround is to put EdgeForm[Opacity[1]] directly into every of the LegendMarkers:

LegendMarkers -> {Graphics[{EdgeForm[Opacity[1]], Disk[]}]}

but I would like to disable this "feature" completely.

  • $\begingroup$ No Opacity in version 9. Either a bug or a bad default design decision. Probably an untested special case. $\endgroup$ – Karsten 7. Feb 14 '17 at 4:24

The opacity comes from this symbol:


(* EdgeForm[Directive[Opacity[0.3], GrayLevel[0]]] *)

You can redefine it, e.g.

Legending`LegendDump`$DefaultMarkerStyle = EdgeForm[Black]

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