The new MATLAB® graphics system introduced in Release 2014b is built on an improved infrastructure and supports most of the functionality of previous releases, although there are some differences. For more information.


The new visual look of MATLAB graphics has improved clarity and aesthetics with:

  • A new default colormap called parula. The new colormap is ordered from dark to light and is perceptually uniform. Smooth changes in data appear as smooth changes in color, while sharp changes in data appear as sharp changes in color. The new colormap presents data more accurately making the data easier to interpret.
  • New colors when plotting lines. The colors have equal saturation making it easier to differentiate between multiple lines.
  • A lighter figure background color and lighter grid lines to emphasize plotted data.
  • Anti-aliased fonts and lines for smoother text and graphics. For more information, see the GraphicsSmoothing property of figures and the FontSmoothingproperty of axes and text objects.
  • New axes properties for setting the grid line colors and for controlling the title and axis label font sizes. See the GridColor, TitleFontSizeMultiplier, andLabelFontSizeMultiplier properties for more information.

Other enhancements and new customization options include:

  • Rotatable axis tick labels. Use the XTickLabelRotation, YTickLabelRotation, and ZTickLabelRotation properties of the axes.
  • Special characters in the axis tick labels, such as superscripts, subscripts, and Greek letters. By default, the axes interprets tick label characters using TeX markup. For more information, see the TickLabelInterpreter property of the axes.
  • Different colormaps for each axes in a single figure. To change the colormap for an axes, pass the axes as an input argument to the colormap function.
  • Automatic update for axis tick labels when using datetime and duration data types with plot.
  • Pie charts of categorical data with automatic slice labels.
  • 3-D graphics that no longer extend beyond the axes boundaries when the Clipping property is set to 'on' (which is the default).

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