I want to fill the frame background of a Plot with a color for which I am using a Rectangle as a Prolog item.

p1 = Plot[{Sin[2 x], Sin[x]}
  , {x, 0, 2 \[Pi]}
  , Frame -> {{True, True}, {True, True}}
  , FrameTicks -> Automatic
  , Prolog -> {
    Nest[Lighter, Brown, 5]
    , Rectangle[{0, -1.0}, {2 \[Pi], 1.0}]

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Using AbsoluteOptions gives the same values that have been used in the Prolog section above, but it leaves a small margin.

AbsoluteOptions[#, PlotRange] & @p1

{PlotRange -> {{0., 6.28319}, {-1., 1.}}}


I know PlotRangePadding->None would get me there, but I want to find the coordinates of the frame box.


  1. How do I determine the frame bounding box coordinates inside the Prolog section so that I can put a Rectangle there to fill the frame with a specified color.

  2. Are there built-in options (or other available solutions) for this purpose?

Thanks in advance for your help and suggestions.

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    $\begingroup$ AbsoluteOptions has been heavily upgraded and improved in V13. If you evaluate AbsoluteOptions[p1, PlotRangePadding] in V12, you get measurements in the form of Scaled[]. In V13, however, you get PlotRangePadding -> {{0.1309, 0.1309}, {0.111111, 0.111111}}. You can subtract this from coordinates (and add to size of the rectangle) and you will be able to fill the whole area. To do this, I would first plot and use Epilog -> a, then get the AbsoluteOptions and replace p1 /. a -> {Nest ...}. $\endgroup$
    – Domen
    Jan 3 at 10:53

You can use Scaled and avoid the need for explicit coordinates:

Plot[{Sin[2 x], Sin[x]}, {x, 0, 2 π}, 
 Frame -> True, 
 Prolog -> {Nest[Lighter, Brown, 5], 
   Rectangle[Scaled[{-1, 1}], Scaled[{1, -1}]]}]

enter image description here

Update: In case you need the plot range for other purposes, you can use undocumented function Charting`get2DPlotRange:

 Plot[{Sin[2 x], Sin[x]}, {x, 0, 2 π}, Frame -> True, 
  DisplayFunction ->
       Prolog -> {Nest[Lighter, Brown, 5], 
           Rectangle @@ Transpose[Charting`get2DPlotRange @ #]}] &)]

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    $\begingroup$ I'd expect that you should be able to use Rectangle[Scaled[{-1, 1}], Scaled[{1, -1}]] regardless of the version. $\endgroup$ Jan 3 at 18:06
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    $\begingroup$ Thank you @Brett. I somehow got some warning message containing ".. Absolute..." first time I used Rectangle[Scaled[{-1, 1}], Scaled[{1, -1}]] in version 13.0 (on Wolfram Cloud) and the message went away when I switched to Rectangle[Scaled[{-1, 1},{0,0}], Scaled[{1, -1},{0,0}]]. (The message was probably triggered by some other option as I cannot reproduce it now). $\endgroup$
    – kglr
    Jan 3 at 18:11
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    $\begingroup$ Rectangle[Scaled[{0, 0}], Scaled[{1, 1}] also fills the frame: Can you please explain the -1s in the Scaled as docs mention "... coordinates scaled to run from 0 to 1 across the whole plot range in each direction". Thanks for the answer. $\endgroup$
    – Syed
    Jan 3 at 18:41
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, {0,0} and {1,1} are what I would normally use here. $\endgroup$ Jan 3 at 18:47
  • $\begingroup$ @Syed, as Brett commented, Rectangle[Scaled[{0, 0}], Scaled[{1, 1}] is the better alternative here. (Although they also work, the alternative forms Rectangle[Scaled[{-1,1}], Scaled[{1, -1}], Rectangle[Scaled[{-1,-1}], Scaled[{1, 1}] etc are based on my having used to the two-argument form of Scaled) $\endgroup$
    – kglr
    Jan 3 at 19:03

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