# Use the plot function to set the curve transparency

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Hi @Siri,

After going through documentation provided at the link below,

the plot function is widely used for creating 2-D line plots. When specifying colors for lines using RGBA values, it is essential to understand how MATLAB interprets these values.

RGBA Color Specification in MATLAB

Color Format: In MATLAB, colors can be specified using RGB triplets or predefined color names. The RGBA format includes an additional parameter for alpha (opacity), where: R, G, B are the intensity values of red, green, and blue components respectively (each ranging from 0 to 1). A (alpha) is the transparency level, where 0 is fully transparent and 1 is fully opaque.

Using RGBA Values: While MATLAB supports RGB triplet notation for colors (e.g., plot(x, y, 'Color', [R G B]) , it does not natively support RGBA as a direct input for line plotting in its basic plot function. The alpha value does not influence line transparency in standard line plots because the plot function does not interpret an alpha channel as part of the color specification.

Transparency Control

To control transparency for line plots in MATLAB, you need to set properties on the line object returned by the plot function after creating your plot:

p = plot(x, y); p.Color = [R G B A]; % This will not work as expected for line transparency p.LineWidth = 2; % For example

Instead, you can manipulate transparency through a different approach by modifying the Color property with an RGB triplet and then using other graphical objects like fill or area, which respect alpha transparency:

x = linspace(0, 10, 100); y = sin(x); p = plot(x, y); p.Color = [0 0.5 0.5]; % Set RGB color set(p,'LineWidth',2); % Set line width

% To apply transparency: set(p,'Color', [0 0.5 0.5 0.5]); % This will not affect line transparency

For actual transparency effects on lines, alternative methods or functions need to be utilized since standard line plots do not recognize RGBA values as intended.

If transparency is crucial for your visual representation (e.g., overlapping lines), consider using functions like fill or area, which allow for better control over alpha blending.

This understanding should help clarify how color and transparency work within MATLAB's plotting environment and guide you in effectively utilizing these features for your data visualization needs.

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