My objective is to use Plot with an arbitrary Color Scheme to get something like this

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but I want to use any color scheme such as:

  1. a build-in scheme such as Rainbow
  2. or customize once such as


BarLegend[{{Darker@Red, Red, Lighter@Gray, Blue, Darker@Blue}, {1, 
   11}}, ColorFunctionScaling -> True]         

Here is my try:

dats = Table[n Sin[ x], {n, 1, 11}];
plot = Plot[dats, {x, -\[Pi], \[Pi]}, 
  ColorFunction -> ColorData["Rainbow"], Frame -> True, 
  ImagePadding -> 50, PlotRangeClipping -> False]     

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Note that it is not working as desired, each plot should have the same color but it is coloring according to the y-axis.

For the customized color scheme mentioned above cant do it, any help, please?


2 Answers 2



Use ParametricPlot and the tricks by @kglr (but I cann't find the original links now)

/. {(VertexColors -> None) -> VertexColors -> Automatic}
ParametricPlot[{x, n Sin[ x]}, {n, 1, 11}, {x, -π, π}, 
  AspectRatio -> 1, ColorFunction -> (ColorData["Rainbow"][#3] &), 
  MeshFunctions -> {#3 &}, Mesh -> 10, PlotPoints -> 50, 
  PlotStyle -> None, MeshStyle -> AbsoluteThickness[2], Axes -> False, 
  Frame -> False] /. {(VertexColors -> None) -> 
   VertexColors -> Automatic}

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Extract colors from ColorData and use PlotStyle.

Clear[dats, colors];
dats = Table[n Sin[x], {n, 1, 11}];
colors = ColorData["Rainbow"] /@ Subdivide[0, 1, 11]
plot = Plot[dats, {x, -π, π}, Frame -> True, 
  ImagePadding -> 50, PlotRangeClipping -> False, 
  PlotStyle -> colors]

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  • $\begingroup$ I believe It should be a more elegant way to do that using plot $\endgroup$ Aug 15 at 8:12
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks a lot @cvgmt, That is EXACTLY what I was looking for $\endgroup$ Aug 15 at 8:29


Table[Plot[n Sin[x], {x, -\[Pi], \[Pi]},PlotStyle -> ColorData["Rainbow"][n/11]  ] , {n,1, 11}]
,PlotRange -> All]

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