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Graphics Objects

Customize graphics by setting properties of the underlying objects

Graphics objects are the components used by MATLAB® to create visualizations of data. Each object plays a specific role in the graphics display. For example, a line plot consists of a figure object, an axes object, and a chart line object. You can customize graphics objects by setting their properties. For more information about setting properties, see Access Property Values.

Graphics objects are organized into a hierarchy, as shown in the following diagram. The hierarchical nature of graphics objects reflects the containment of objects by other objects. For more information, see Graphics Object Hierarchy.

Tree diagram showing the hierarchy of graphics objects. The top-most node is called root. Root has one child node called figure. Figure contains four child nodes, which are called annotation objects, axes, illustration objects, and UI objects. Axes contains one optional child node called group objects. The group objects node contains one child node called chart and primitive objects.