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Setting colors in matplotlib easily (can do white-on-black)
def set_foregroundcolor(ax, color):
'''For the specified axes, sets the color of the frame, major ticks,
tick labels, axis labels, title and legend
'''
for tl in ax.get_xticklines() + ax.get_yticklines():
tl.set_color(color)
for spine in ax.spines:
ax.spines[spine].set_edgecolor(color)
for tick in ax.xaxis.get_major_ticks():
tick.label1.set_color(color)
for tick in ax.yaxis.get_major_ticks():
tick.label1.set_color(color)
ax.axes.xaxis.label.set_color(color)
ax.axes.yaxis.label.set_color(color)
ax.axes.xaxis.get_offset_text().set_color(color)
ax.axes.yaxis.get_offset_text().set_color(color)
ax.axes.title.set_color(color)
lh = ax.get_legend()
if lh != None:
lh.get_title().set_color(color)
lh.legendPatch.set_edgecolor('none')
labels = lh.get_texts()
for lab in labels:
lab.set_color(color)
for tl in ax.get_xticklabels():
tl.set_color(color)
for tl in ax.get_yticklabels():
tl.set_color(color)
def set_backgroundcolor(ax, color):
'''Sets the background color of the current axes (and legend).
Use 'None' (with quotes) for transparent. To get transparent
background on saved figures, use:
pp.savefig("fig1.svg", transparent=True)
'''
ax.patch.set_facecolor(color)
lh = ax.get_legend()
if lh != None:
lh.legendPatch.set_facecolor(color)
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@jessehersch jessehersch commented Jun 10, 2016

found this on a google search, leaving this comment for others that get here looking for what I really wanted:

if you want to change the color behind the tick labels (say you have a plot showing on a dark background), do this:

fig.patch.set_facecolor('white')
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