I'm relatively new to Mathematica. I tried looking for a solution online but couldn't find anything. I want to fill a plotted line both above the line (one color) and below (another color). For example, the line might be given by y = 1 - x over domain (0, 1) and with range (0, 1).

Any suggestions?


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This works:

Plot[1 - x, {x, 0, 1}, 
 Filling -> { 1 -> Top, 1 -> {Bottom, {Green, Blue}}}

but I think there may be a neater solution.

  • $\begingroup$ Great- this works perfectly. Thanks to Jonie and Mike! $\endgroup$
    – Sam
    Jul 26, 2013 at 1:33

For an above and below type fill, as an alternative to @Jonie you can use FillingStyle:

FillingStyle->{Subscript[g, -],Subscript[g, +]} specifies that the filling should be done with Subscript[g, -] when a point, curve or surface lies below the object being filled to, and with Subscript[g, +] when it lies above.

Plot[1 - x, {x, 0, 1}, Filling -> {1 -> Top, 1 -> Bottom}, 
 FillingStyle -> {Green, Blue}]

enter image description here


After re-reading I am not entirely sure what you are looking for. If you want the fill constrained in the x direction as well then:

Plot[{If[0 <= x <= 1, 1 - x], 1 - x}, {x, 0, 2}, 
 Filling -> {1 -> Top, 1 -> Axis}, FillingStyle -> {Green, Blue}]

enter image description here


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