I have a matrix where each element represents a pixel. I want to plot the matrix (possibly with ArrayPlot). To suppress aliasing in the final graphic (which I will then export as a png), I am currently disabling any axis, caption and so on, and I'm forcing the size of the image to match the dimension of the matrix with ImageSize. I get the desired result, but I need to show the axes. Is there a way to do it?

  • $\begingroup$ Maybe you should check out the PixelConstrained option. $\endgroup$
    – einbandi
    Nov 20, 2012 at 14:30
  • $\begingroup$ @einbandi excellent, post it as an answer $\endgroup$ Nov 20, 2012 at 14:38
  • $\begingroup$ For a method including labels see my answer to (28246) $\endgroup$
    – Mr.Wizard
    Feb 4, 2015 at 14:44

2 Answers 2


Say you have a large array like:

array = Table[RandomReal[], {i, 200}, {j, 200}];

To align the cells of arraywith pixels, use the PixelConstrainedoption:

ArrayPlot[array, PixelConstrained -> True]

enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ Unfortunately, this does not seem to help if I add the the Frame: the final output size (including frame and ticks) is the dimension of the matrix, and this of course causes stretching in the data plotting. I have tried also with Show[Image[mydata, ImageSize->Automatic, Magnification->1], Axes->True], same behaviour. $\endgroup$ Nov 21, 2012 at 10:33
  • $\begingroup$ This is true, I didn't notice that with my minimal example. You might be able work around that by using PixelConstrained->{2,2} (or even more?) and appropriate ImagePadding settings, along with a BaseStyle that fits your demands. This way you might get rid of the aliasing. $\endgroup$
    – einbandi
    Nov 21, 2012 at 22:21

Instead of using the PixelConstrained option, you can use the undocumented ImageSize syntax ImageSize -> 1 -> 2. For example:

array = Table[RandomReal[],{i,10},{j,10}];

plot = ArrayPlot[
    FrameLabel->{{x, y}, {a, b}},
    ImageSize -> 1 -> {50, 30},

enter image description here

Let's check the actual plot range size using my function GraphicsInformation:


"PlotRangeSize" /. GraphicsInformation[plot]

{500., 300.}

So, specifying that each element of array should have pixel dimensions of {50, 30} does indeed produce an image with plot range size {500, 300}.

  • $\begingroup$ (+1) Probably this technique also can be used as an answer for this question. $\endgroup$ Oct 7, 2018 at 7:00

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