In previous versions, the following code, taken from here from @kglr, used to give a reasonably sized legend, but in version 10.3 gives a huge legend.

lst = {10*Cos[u]*Sin[v], 3*Sin[u]*Sin[v], 2*Cos[v]};

colFun = Function[{u, v}, Hue[Rescale[dam, {0, 1}]]];

dam = Sqrt[(1296*Cos[u]^4*
       Sin[v]^4)/(900*Cos[v]^2 + 36*Cos[u]^2*Sin[v]^2 + 
        400*Sin[u]^2*Sin[v]^2)^2 + (3600*Cos[u]^2*
       Sin[v]^2*(9*Cos[v]^2 + 4*Sin[u]^2*Sin[v]^2))/(900*Cos[v]^2 + 
        4*(9*Cos[u]^2 + 100*Sin[u]^2)*Sin[v]^2)^2] // FullSimplify;

{min, max} = {-10, 10};
h2 = ParametricPlot3D[lst, {u, 0, 2*Pi}, {v, 0, Pi}, Mesh -> False, 
  ColorFunction -> (Function[{x, y, z, u, v}, 
     Hue[Rescale[dam, {0, 1}]]]), ColorFunctionScaling -> False, 
  ImageSize -> 800, 
  PlotLegends -> 
   BarLegend[{Hue, {min, max}}, ColorFunctionScaling -> True]]

Here is the result now,

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Compare with the result from a previous version,

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There is difference between the size of the associated BarLegends. How can I restore previous performance?

I hope now it is clearer the situation.


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    $\begingroup$ I might be going cross-eyed, but I'm not seeing any difference in the ellipsoids. $\endgroup$ Nov 17, 2015 at 18:17
  • $\begingroup$ Hello j.m. I am replying through mobile phone. The difference is in the associated bar legends. $\endgroup$
    – Dimitris
    Nov 17, 2015 at 19:24
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    $\begingroup$ Please edit the question to state explicitly what the issue is. $\endgroup$ Nov 17, 2015 at 19:48
  • $\begingroup$ I have edit the question. $\endgroup$
    – Dimitris
    Nov 18, 2015 at 8:40
  • $\begingroup$ I received one more vote for closing since the editing. It is not clear now that an issue does exist? $\endgroup$
    – Dimitris
    Nov 18, 2015 at 9:03

1 Answer 1


You can add the LegendMarkerSize option to BarLegend, or simply click on the legend to make it active in the output, then drag a handle to change size.

I'd venture something was jiggered in what the default (Automatic) setting of that does between versions.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the answer. Weird change of settings:-)! $\endgroup$
    – Dimitris
    Nov 18, 2015 at 9:02
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    $\begingroup$ Agreed. I find setting LegendMarkerSize -> 400 fixes it right up. It's also odd that ColorFunctionScaling is undocumented as an option for BarLegend $\endgroup$
    – Jason B.
    Nov 18, 2015 at 9:08
  • $\begingroup$ @JasonB: Thanks for the editing and the useful comment. $\endgroup$
    – Dimitris
    Nov 18, 2015 at 9:14

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