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I'm trying to have the color of each line show up in the plot legend for the following block of code below, except the corresponding colors for each line of the plot do not show up in the legend. I tried moving the PlotLegends call into "Show" and was also unsuccessful...

Da = {0, 0.01, 0.1, 1, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 1, 1.2, 1.5};
colorList = ColorData[3, "ColorList"]
gamma2 = 10;
Show[Plot[1 + ((Da[[#]]/(6*gamma2 + 6))*(nu^2 - 1)), {nu, 0, 1}, 
PlotStyle -> colorList[[#]], 
PlotLegends -> "Da=" <> ToString[Da[[#]]]] & /@ 
Range[Length[Da]],
PlotRange -> {{0, 1}, {0.97, 1}},
PlotLabel -> 
" \[Gamma]=10",
ImageSize -> Large]

as seen in the attached image below, the line colors aren't appearing in the legend. enter image description here

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Your code can be simplified quite a bit: Rather than mapping you can take advantage of listability. So

1 + ((Da[[#]]/(6*gamma2 + 6))*(nu^2 - 1))& /@ Range[Length[Da]]

becomes

1 + ((Da/(6*gamma2 + 6))*(nu^2 - 1))

And also the plot does not require Show

Plot[Evaluate[1 + ((Da/(6*gamma2 + 6))*(nu^2 - 1))], {nu, 0, 1},
 PlotStyle -> ColorData[3, "ColorList"], 
 PlotLegends -> Placed["Da = " <> ToString[#] & /@ Da, Right],
 PlotLabel -> " \[Gamma]=10",
 ImageSize -> Large]

enter image description here

Note that it could be simplified further by using simply:

PlotStyle -> 3,

i.e. no need to explicitly mention ColorData

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You aren't giving PlotLegends a way to reference your colors. Try something like this where I have created a Row that also references colorList:

Show[
 Plot[
    1 + ((Da[[#]]/(6*gamma2 + 6))*(nu^2 - 1)), {nu, 0, 1},
    PlotStyle -> colorList[[#]],
    PlotLegends -> Row[{
       Graphics[{colorList[[#]], Line[{{0, 0}, {.5, 0}}]}, 
        ImageSize -> {30, 10}, AspectRatio -> 1/10],
       Style[" Da = " <> ToString[Da[[#]]], "Text"]
       }]
    ] & /@ Range[Length[Da]],
 PlotRange -> {{0, 1}, {0.97, 1}},
 PlotLabel -> " \[Gamma]=10",
 ImageSize -> Large
 ]

enter image description here

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  • $\begingroup$ thanks so much! this is really helpful. could you explain how to make the color a line? $\endgroup$ – wiscoYogi Nov 12 '18 at 2:02
  • $\begingroup$ @wiscoYogi added! $\endgroup$ – user6014 Nov 12 '18 at 2:05

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