shade area between graphs

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Michiel on 28 Feb 2015
Commented: William Rose ungefär 24 timmar ago
I want to shade the area between these graphs
but this certainly does not do the trick:
fill([t t(end:-1:1)],[y1 y2(end:-1:1)],'y')
I also downloaded and tried "jblill"
but that did not seem to amend the outcome so far
Huijian Huang
Huijian Huang on 15 Dec 2017
have you solve this problem at the end? I am also struggling with similar situation
Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 15 Dec 2017
Yes, there were answers below, one of which he accepted though both should work.

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 28 Feb 2015
Try using fill() instead of area():
x = 1 : 300;
curve1 = log(x);
curve2 = 2*log(x);
plot(x, curve1, 'r', 'LineWidth', 2);
hold on;
plot(x, curve2, 'b', 'LineWidth', 2);
x2 = [x, fliplr(x)];
inBetween = [curve1, fliplr(curve2)];
fill(x2, inBetween, 'g');
Jason Thomas
Jason Thomas on 29 Feb 2024
Hoping this post from 9 years ago is still monitored.
I tried the suggestion above, but instead of filling the area green, it just added thin black lines at the upper and lower bounds. What am I missing?
plot(averageFF2W5I(:,2),averageFF2W5I(:,1), 'k', 'LineWidth', 2);
plot(averageFF2W5I(:,2),averageFF2W5I(:,[8 9]), 'k--', 'LineWidth', 2);
fill([averageFF2W5I(:,2), fliplr(averageFF2W5I(:,2))], [averageFF2W5I(:,8), fliplr(averageFF2W5I(:,9))], 'g');
averageFF2W5I(:,2) = Strain Values
averageFF2W5I(:,1) = Stress Sample Mean
averageFF2W5I(:,[8 9]) = 95% Confidence Interval
William Rose
William Rose ungefär 24 timmar ago
I don't have your array, so I will use analogous data.
x=0:20; y=x.^.5; ci1=0.8*y; ci2=1.2*y;
fill([x, fliplr(x)], [ci1, fliplr(ci2)], 'g', EdgeColor='none');
hold on
plot(x,y, 'k', 'LineWidth', 2)
plot(x,[ci1;ci2], 'k--', 'LineWidth', 2)
I moved fill() before plot(), so that the line in the middle would not get covered by the fill. Alternatively, you could specify a semitransparent fill. I specified no edge for the fill. I added hold on after fill().

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Star Strider
Star Strider on 28 Feb 2015
Edited: Star Strider on 28 Feb 2015
Try this:
x = linspace(0,10*pi);
y1 = sin(x);
y2 = cos(x);
plot(x, y1)
hold on
plot(x, y2)
patch([x fliplr(x)], [y1 fliplr(y2)], 'g')
hold off
Experiment with your data to get the result you want.
Jason Thomas
Jason Thomas on 29 Feb 2024
@Star Strider THANK YOU!
There were several NaN values in the confidence interval. Once I removed those with rmmissing and used your code with "flip" instead of "fliplr" it worked perfectly.
Star Strider
Star Strider on 29 Feb 2024
My pleasure!
A Vote would be appreciated!

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Javier Montalt Tordera
Javier Montalt Tordera on 12 Apr 2019
This can be simplified using the function shade (in MATLAB File Exchange).
The syntax for the above problem would be:
shade(t,y1,t,y2,'FillType',[1 2;2 1]);
The FillType option specifies that the area between lines 1 and 2 should be filled, whether 1 is above 2 or the other way round.
Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 19 May 2022
@Giacomo Giuliani, yes though to not cover the line plots you might plot (or re-plot) the line plots after you've plotted the patches between the curves.
Giacomo Giuliani
Giacomo Giuliani on 19 May 2022
Edited: Giacomo Giuliani on 19 May 2022
It came to my minds one second after I posted. It works! Thanks.

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Adam Danz
Adam Danz on 29 Jan 2024
Another solution that may be helpful is the fillBetweenAreaCurve function offered by the MATLAB Charting team on the File Exchange.
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Les Beckham
Les Beckham on 29 Feb 2024
FYI - it appears that this File Exchange utility requires the Mapping Toolbox.

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