6.6.1 Complicated Fill Area

Summary

Complicated Fill Area 18.png

Minimum Origin Version Required: 9.1 SR0

What You Will Learn

  • Fill area between curves with two different colors.
  • Use an ordered plot sequence to implement complex graph fills.

In this tutorial you will choose a Plot Details setting Fill to next data plot. When we say "next" this refers to the next plot in the plot list in the left panel of Plot Details". This has nothing to do with intersecting plots on the graph page.

Creating the Basic Plot

This tutorial is associated with <Origin EXE Folder>\Samples\Tutorial Data.opj. Note that this tutorial requires numerous steps to produce a complex graph. Users should understand that this is not a basic Origin graphing tutorial.

  1. Open the Tutorial Data.opj and browse to folder Multiple Fill Area.
  2. Activate workbook Book2, Sheet1. Highlight columns C through F, then click Plot > Basic 2D : Line. A grouped line plot is created.
  3. Select and delete the X axis title and legend object from the graph.
  4. Double-click on any plot to open the Plot Details dialog. Go to Line tab and set Transparency to 100%.
    Complicated Fill Area 01.png
  5. Go to Group tab and set Edit Mode to Independent, then click Apply. This will allow us to specify custom fill area modes for each line.
    Complicated Fill Area 02.png
  6. Highlight the first plot in the left side of Plot Details. On the Line tab, enable Fill Area Under Curve and select Fill to next data plot - Above Below Colors.
    Complicated Fill Area 03.png
  7. Go to Pattern_Above tab and choose settings as shown below.
    Complicated Fill Area 04.png
  8. Go to Pattern_Below tab and set Fill Color to Red, the click Apply. The first filled area part of our plot is added.
    Complicated Fill Area 05.png
  9. Highlight the second plot in the left side of Plot Details. Go to the Line tab, enable Fill Area Under Curve and select Fill to next data plot - One Color.
    Complicated Fill Area 06.png
  10. On the Pattern tab, choose settings as shown below.
    Complicated Fill Area 07.png
  11. Repeat step 6~8 for the third plot in graph but on the Pattern_Above tab, set Fill Color to None and Transparency to 0 (you must clear Follow Line Transparency). On the Pattern_Below tab, set Fill Color to Blue.
  12. Your stacked fill area plot should now look like this:
    Complicated Fill Area 08.png

Steps to Eliminate Overlapping Fill Areas

In the graph we just created, there are some overlapping fill areas that we do not want. We will hide them by adding a white fill area to cover them. We will be using the Layer Contents dialog box to add datasets to the graph, some of them multiple times.

  1. From the menu, select Graph: Layer Contents. Use the right-pointing arrow button in the middle of the dialog to add these plots to the datasets to the right side of the dialog.
    Complicated Fill Area 09A.png
  2. Use the Ungroup button to ungroup any plots that come over as groups. Grouping is denoted by the gn beside each dataset. You want to make sure that no groups exist (you can ignore the first four datasets that were added).
  3. Arrange added plots in exactly the order shown. Use the up- or down-arrow buttons above the right side list, to rearrange the list as needed. Note that only ungrouped plots can be independently ordered. When your list looks like the figure above, click OK to close the Layer Contents dialog box.
  4. Double-click on a data plot to open the Plot Details dialog box.
  5. In the left side of Plot Details, highlight the fifth plot down (C(Y)). On the Line tab, check Fill Area Under Curve, and from the drop-down choose Fill to next data plot - Above Below Colors, Color = Red and Transparency = 0. On the Pattern_Above tab, Transparency = 0 and Fill Color = White. On the Pattern_Below tab Fill Color = Red.
  6. Highlight the sixth plot down (D(Y)) and set Color = Red and Transparency = 0.
  7. Highlight the seventh plot down (E(Y)). On the Line tab, check Fill Area Under Curve, and from the drop-down choose Fill to next data plot - Above Below Colors, Color = Blue and Transparency = 0. On the Pattern_Above tab set Fill Color to White and Transparency to 0. On the Pattern_Below tab, Fill Color = Blue.
  8. On the eighth plot down (F(Y)), click the Line tab and set Color to Black and Transparency to 0.
  9. On the ninth plot down (H(Y)), click the Line tab and set Color to Orange and Transparency to 0.
  10. On the tenth plot down (I(Y)), click the Line tab and set Color to Blue and Transparency to 0.
  11. For the eleventh and twelfth plots (B(Y), G(Y) respectively), click the Line tab and set the line Color to Gray and the Transparency to 0.
  12. For the thirteenth plot down (E(Y)), click the Line tab and from the drop-down set Fill to next data plot - Above Below Colors, Transparency = 0. On the Pattern_Above tab, set Fill Color = None, Transparency = 0; on the Pattern_Below tab, Fill Color = White.
  13. For the fourteenth plot down (C(Y)), click the Line tab and verify that Color = Black and Transparency = 0.
  14. For the fifteenth (last) plot down, click the Line tab and set Color = Red and Transparency = 0.
  15. Close Plot Details and click the Rescale button Button Rescale.png on the Graph toolbar. Your graph should look roughly like the following. To polish your graph, continue with the last section.
Complicated Fill Area Rough Graph.png

Further Customizations

  1. Double-click on the X axis (bottom, horizontal) tick labels. This opens the X Axis dialog box. Click the Scale tab and set the date range From 1/1/2013 To 8/20/2013. Set Minor Ticks Count = 0.
  2. On the Tick Labels tab set Display to show a three-letter abbreviation for month (e.g. Apr).
  3. Click Apply.
  4. To draw a box around the whole graph layer, choose View: Show: Frame.
  5. Lastly, to add the dashed lines at temperature = -10 and +110, double-click on the Y axis (left, vertical). Click on the Reference Lines tab and enter the following:
    Complicated Fill Area Reference Lines.png
  6. Click the Details button and in the Reference Lines dialog box, clear Auto Format, set Style to Dash and Thickness to 1. Do this for both the -10 and +110 lines and click OK.
  7. In the Axis dialog box, click OK to close the dialog. Your graph should now look like this:
Complicated Fill Area Final Graph.png