I am trying to make a ListPlot with a bunch of points, each of which I want represented with a distinct image (e.g. *.png). I've tried the following code as an example (with img standing for a pasted image).

ListPlot[{Style[{1, 1}, img], Style[{-1, -1}, Red]}, 
 PlotRange -> {{-1.3, 1.3}, {-1.3, 1.3}}, Frame -> True, 
 LabelStyle -> Directive[Medium, Black], 
 PlotStyle -> {Automatic, AbsoluteThickness[1.5], 
   AbsoluteThickness[1.5]}, ImageSize -> 800]

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As you can see, Style[{-1,-1}, Red] successfully makes the image Red, but using the same pattern with an img doesn't work.

NOTE: I'm aware of PlotMarkers -> {img1, img2, ...}, but the problem with this pattern is that it makes it associate which image should go with each data point. It'd be nice if I can find a way to do this where the data point and the image are kept tightly together in one data structure.

EDIT: Substituting for img the following works:

Labeled[{1, 1}, Import[
wolfram-logo.png"], Center]

The problem is that I'd like the logos to show up as bigger. Adjusting to

img = Import[
wolfram-logo.png", ImageSize->Large];

does not fix the issue. So my new question is: how (using this method), can I control the size of the image labels to be larger?

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    $\begingroup$ Does Labeled[{1, 1}, img, Center] (instead of Style[{1, 1}, img] ) give what you need? $\endgroup$
    – kglr
    Dec 11, 2019 at 19:46
  • $\begingroup$ kglr: That works, but raises a new issue. I modified my question above. $\endgroup$
    – George
    Dec 11, 2019 at 20:04

1 Answer 1


Update: A more convenient approach is to generate a list of Insets with the desired images using the fourth argument of Inset to control the sizes:

img = Import[

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n = 20;
colors = RandomColor[n];
positions = RandomReal[50, {n, 2}];
image = RemoveBackground[img, {"Background", White}];
imglist = ColorReplace[image, Red -> #] & /@ colors;
sizes = RandomInteger[{10, 70}, n];

insets = MapThread[Inset[#, #2, Center, Offset[#3]] &, {imglist, positions, sizes}];


You can use insets as plot markers in ListPlot:

Show[ListPlot[List /@ positions, ImageSize -> Medium, 
  PlotMarkers -> (Graphics /@ insets),  
  Frame -> True, PlotRangeClipping -> False, AspectRatio -> 1,
  PlotRangePadding -> Scaled[.15]], ListLinePlot[positions]]

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or as Prolog or Epilog option value

ListPlot[positions, Joined -> True, Prolog -> insets, 
 AspectRatio -> 1, Frame -> True, PlotRangeClipping -> False, 
 PlotRangePadding -> Scaled[.15], ImageSize -> Medium]

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or with BubbleChart as ChartElements:

BubbleChart[Flatten /@ Thread[{positions, sizes}], 
 ChartElements -> (Graphics /@ insets), 
 BubbleSizes -> {.1, .3}, 
 Epilog -> {ColorData[97][1], Line@positions}]

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or directly as graphics primitives in Graphics:

Graphics[{insets, Blue, Line @ positions}, ImageSize -> Medium, Frame -> True, 
 PlotRangePadding -> Scaled[.1]]

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Original answer:

img = Import[

You can wrap img with Magnify:

ListPlot[{Labeled[{1, 1}, Magnify[ColorReplace[img, Red -> Blue], .3], Center], 
  Labeled[{1, 1}/2, Magnify[img, .15], Center], 
  Labeled[{-1, 0}/2, Magnify[ColorReplace[img, Red -> Orange], .45], Center], 
  {-1, -1}}, 
 PlotRange -> {{-1.3, 1.3}, {-1.3, 1.3}}, 
 Frame -> True, PlotStyle -> Green, PlotMarkers -> {Automatic, 24}, 
 LabelStyle -> Directive[Medium, Black], ImageSize -> Large]

enter image description here

Alternatively, you can wrap it with Style with the option ImageSizeMultipliers:

ListPlot[{Labeled[{1, 1}, Style[img, ImageSizeMultipliers -> {.2, 1/2}], Center], 
  Labeled[{1, 1}/2, Style[img, ImageSizeMultipliers -> {.1, 1/2}], Center], 
  Style[{-1, -1}, Red]}, 
 PlotRange -> {{-1.3, 1.3}, {-1.3, 1.3}}, Frame -> True, 
 LabelStyle -> Directive[Medium, Black], ImageSize -> 800]

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