While trying to arrange a grid of 3d-plots using Plot3D and GraphicsGrid (or simply Grid) I noticed that each individual plot is getting resized and a lot of whitespace is being added between the plot body and plot label. Is there a way to display the 3d-plots next to each other with the label distance remaining the same as it was outside of Grid?

I tried to illustrate this with an example below using Row though it applies to other commands such as GraphicsGrid as well.

Here is my code:

{ p1 , p2 } = Plot3D[  # , {x , -5 , 5 } , { y, -5 , 5 } , 
ViewPoint -> {1, 1, .1 }, 
PlotLabel -> #, ImageSize -> Small ] & /@ { x y , x y^2};

Each of the plots individually has the label touching the plot body enter image description here

But when they are together inside a Row or Grid each plot is apparently resized to a square bounding box (orange) and the label is too far away enter image description here


1 Answer 1


Use Labeled to place the labels and use the option PlotRegion in Plot3D:

pr22 = 1.4;

{lp1, lp2} = Labeled[Plot3D[#, {x, -5, 5}, {y, -5, 5}, ViewPoint -> {1, 1, .1}, 
      SphericalRegion -> True, ImageSize -> Small, 
      PlotRegion -> {{0, 1}, {0, pr22}}], #, Top] & /@ {x y, x y^2};

Row @ {lp1, lp2}

enter image description here

"11.3.0 for Microsoft Windows (64-bit) (March 7, 2018)"

In version 13.0.0 (Wolfram Cloud) you can simply use Labeled:

{lpa, lpb} = Labeled[Plot3D[#, {x, -5, 5}, {y, -5, 5}, 
   ViewPoint -> {1, 1, .1}, ImageSize -> Small ], #, Top] & /@ {x y, x y^2};

Row @ {lpa, lpb} 

enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks a lot, this worked! Curiously, on my machine (13.0.0 for Linux x86 (64-bit)) the Labeled version does not work without PlotRegion. Also, SphericalRegion seems to be unnecessary. I wonder if there is a way to figure out in advance what the value of PlotRegion should be? $\endgroup$
    – And R
    Mar 3, 2022 at 8:50
  • $\begingroup$ @AndR, I don't know of any automatic way to set PlotRegion. For 3D graphics we will need different settings PlotRegion for different viewpoints to get the desired result. $\endgroup$
    – kglr
    Mar 3, 2022 at 9:11

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