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How do I plot lines with different line widths?

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Hi,
I want to do:
plot(x1,y1,x2,y2,'LineWidth',8)
but the linewidth propery ends up applying to both lines. Do I have to use two plot functions with a hold on command to have line1 a different width than line2? Thanks.

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Jagannadh Kumar
Jagannadh Kumar on 8 Mar 2016
Try writing like this plot(x1,y1,'Linewidth',6,x2,y2,'Linewidth',8)

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Fangjun Jiang
Fangjun Jiang on 22 Sep 2011
Edited: MathWorks Support Team on 8 Nov 2018
To plot two lines with different line widths, you can use either of these approaches.
1. Return the two “Line” objects as an output argument from the “plot” function and then set the “LineWidth” property for each.
p = plot(x1,y1,x2,y2)
p(1).LineWidth = 5;
p(2).LineWidth = 10;
2. Use the “hold on” command to plot the two lines separately. Specify the line width by setting the “LineWidth” property a name-value pair.
plot(x1,y1,'LineWidth',5)
hold on
plot(x2,y2,'LineWidth',10)
hold off

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Mike Garrity
Mike Garrity on 8 Mar 2016
Just FYI, there is an "official" syntax for setting a property to different values on different objects. However, it's really ugly, and doesn't work everywhere. For example, I don't think that the plot function accepts this form.
It looks like this:
h = plot(x1,y1,x2,y2);
set(h,{'LineWidth'},{5;10})
The property name and property value need to each be a cell array, and the shape of the value cell array has to match the shape of the handle cell array.
That said, you're really better off with 2 calls to set in this case.

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Wayne King
Wayne King on 22 Sep 2011
Hi: You can use handles.
h = plot(x1,y1,x2,y2);
set(h(1),'linewidth',1);
set(h(2),'linewidth',2);

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Hari Desanur
Hari Desanur on 15 Nov 2016
Edited: Hari Desanur on 15 Nov 2016
The line width for a particular line can be set using line object handles. For example -
l = plot(x1,y1,x2,y2);
l(1).LineWidth = 3; % set line width of 3 for the first line (x1,y1)
l(2).LineWidth = 6;

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MASTER WHOS
MASTER WHOS on 14 Feb 2019
1-What might be the problem? 2-What does linewidth property mean? 3-What to do?
[I am using matlab R2016b]
When I want to plot line with color and certain width, I recceive an error:
THE COMMAND
plot(SNR_db,Pd_NSP_cat_mean(:,2),'b','LineWidth',2.5)
THE ERROR:
Error using plot
There is no LineWidth property on the Line class.
Error in PROJECTION_BASED_SHARING (line 76)
plot(SNR_db ,Pd_NSP_cat_mean(:,1),'g','LineWidth ',2.5)

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