#### part of Course 133 Navigating Matplotlib

 ``ax.plot(x, y, linewidth=5)`` ``ax.plot(x, y, color="pink")`` ``ax.plot(x, y, linestyle="--")`` ``````ax.plot(x1, y1) ax.plot(x2, y2)`````` ``````ax.plot( x, y, solid_capstyle="round", solid_joinstyle="bevel")``````

Occasionally you'll want a plot to show something other than a single solid thin blue line. Here are some ways you can tweak it.

First we need to set up.

``````import matplotlib
matplotlib.use("agg")
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np``````

Select the "agg" backend and make our imports, as described here.

``````x = np.linspace(-6, 6, 500)
y = np.sinc(x)``````

Create a curve to work with.

``````fig = plt.figure()
ax = fig.gca()``````

Create a new Figure and get the Axes, like we did in this example. Now we're ready to go to work.

### Change the width

``ax.plot(x, y, linewidth=15)``

Using the `linewidth` argument, you can set the width of your line, in points. For comparison, the default is 1.

### Change the color

``ax.plot(x, y, color="pink", linewidth=5)``

You can also specify the color using the `color` argument.

There are several ways to specify colors, and covering all of them deserves its own tutorial, but the simplest way is to call out the (English) name of a color. Matplotlib can recognize a shocking variety of them. Here are some samples.

### Change the style

Another common manipulation is to change the style of a line from solid to dashed or dotted.

``ax.plot(x, y, linewidth=2, linestyle="--")``

The `linestyle` argument controls this.

You can choose from

• "--", dashed
• ":", dotted
• "-.", dash-dotted
or you can create your own if you have strong opinions about what it should look like.

### Add more lines

Another common trick is to put more than one line on a plot.

``````ax.plot(x, y, linewidth=4)
ax.plot(x, y + .1, linewidth=2)
ax.plot(x, y + .2, linewidth=1)
ax.plot(x, y + .3, linewidth=.5)
ax.plot(x, y + .4, linewidth=.2)``````

Luckily, this is as easy as repeatedly calling `plot()`. You can do this as many times as you want. I've had thousands of lines on a single plot before. You have to wait a little while for everything to draw, but it gets there eventually.

### Style line ends and joins

Occasionally you want to really get in and control exactly how your lines look. The styling of the tips of the lines (capstyle) and the bends in the lines (joinstyle) let you do this.

``````ax.plot(x, y, solid_capstyle="butt", solid_joinstyle="miter")
ax.plot(x, y, solid_capstyle="round", solid_joinstyle="round")
ax.plot(x, y, solid_capstyle="projecting", solid_joinstyle="bevel")``````

The `solid_capstyle` and `solid_joinstyle` options in the snippet above give the varying effects seen in this figure.

You can also make use of the `dash_capstyle` and `dash_joinstyle` with broken lines. They take the same sets of arguments.

### and more!

There are lots of other fine details of lines you can control. If you're curious, check out the API.

Want even more control of your plot? Come take a look at the full set of tutorials.