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  • Last Updated : 16 Mar, 2021

Matplotlib is an amazing visualization library in Python for 2D plots of arrays. Matplotlib is a multi-platform data visualization library built on NumPy arrays and designed to work with the broader SciPy stack. The Axes Class contains most of the figure elements: Axis, Tick, Line2D, Text, Polygon, etc., and sets the coordinate system. And the instances of Axes supports callbacks through a callbacks attribute. The Matplotlib.axes.Axes.add_patch() method in the axes module of matplotlib library is used to add a Patch to the axes’ patches; return the patch.

Syntax: Axes.add_patch(self, p)

Parameters: This method accepts the following parameters.

  • line: This parameter is the Patch to the axes’ patches.

Return value: This method returns the Patch.

Below are various examples that depict how to add a patch in a plot in Python:

Example 1:

Python3




# import modules
import numpy as np 
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt 
  
# adjust figure and assign coordinates
y, x = np.mgrid[:5, 1:6
poly_coords = [(25, 75), (25, 75), (25, 75), (25, 75)]
fig, ax = plt.subplots() 
  
# depict illustration
cells = ax.plot(x, y, x + y) 
ax.add_patch(plt.Polygon(poly_coords)) 
  
plt.show() 

Output:

Example 2:

Python3




# import modules
import matplotlib.path as mpath
import matplotlib.patches as mpatches
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
  
Path = mpath.Path
  
# adjust figure and assign coordinates
fig, ax = plt.subplots()
pp = mpatches.PathPatch(Path([(0, 0), (10, 5), (10, 10), (20, 10)],
                             [Path.MOVETO, Path.CURVE3,
                              Path.CURVE3, Path.CLOSEPOLY]),
                        transform=ax.transData)
  
# depict illustration
ax.add_patch(pp)
plt.show()

Output:

Example 3:

Python3




# import modules
import matplotlib.path as mpath
import matplotlib.patches as mpatches
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
  
# adjust figure and assign coordinates
fig = plt.figure()
ax = fig.add_subplot(1, 1, 1)
  
pp1 = plt.Rectangle((0.2, 0.75),
                    0.4, 0.15)
  
pp2 = plt.Circle((0.7, 0.2), 0.15)
  
pp3 = plt.Polygon([[0.15, 0.15],
                   [0.35, 0.4],
                   [0.2, 0.6]])
  
# depict illustrations
ax.add_patch(pp1)
ax.add_patch(pp2)
ax.add_patch(pp3)

Output:

Example 4:

Python3




# import module
from matplotlib.patches import PathPatch
from matplotlib.path import Path
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np
  
# assign coordinates
coord = [(0, 20), (20, 20), (20, 20),
         (20, 20), (10, 10), (10, 10),
         (5, 5), (15, 5), (0, 0)]
  
instn = [Path.MOVETO, Path.LINETO, Path.LINETO,
         Path.LINETO, Path.CLOSEPOLY, Path.MOVETO,
         Path.LINETO, Path.LINETO, Path.CLOSEPOLY]
  
# adjust figure
coord = np.array(coord, float)
path = Path(coord, instn)
pathpatch = PathPatch(path)
fig, ax = plt.subplots()
ax.add_patch(pathpatch)
  
# depict illustration
ax.autoscale_view()
plt.show()

Output:


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