The (Plot Details) XY/YZ/XZ Faces Tab

The XY/YZ/XZ Faces tabs provide controls for plot types that have XY/YZ/XZ faces, that can be used to edit the fill region and border of the faces in the graph. These tabs are similar, thus this page only discusses the XZ Faces tab.

Note that if a control is not appropriate for a particular graph type, the control will be unavailable on the tab.

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Specify a border color.

For help with color controls, see Customizing Data Plot Colors.


Select a line style.


Select or enter a border line width. Line width is measured in point size, where 1 point=1/72 inch.

Note: You can customize Origin's dash patterns by editing the Origin Dash Lines group on the Graph tab of the Options dialog box (Preferences: Options).



Specify a fill color. Select None to display a transparent fill. For help with color controls, see Customizing Data Plot Colors.


Specify how to fill the pattern using the Pattern Chooser which is similar with the Color Chooser.

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Single tab: apply single pattern to all points of all grouped plots

Select a pattern from the default pattern list, Normal or Geology, to fill all columns, bars, pie wedges or areas.

Once you choose Geology, the controls below will appear to allow customize the pattern: Pattern Geology Controls.png

There are two modes to apply the selected pattern(s): Stretch and Proportional:

  • Select Stretch to stretch the pattern to fill the whole current area. In this mode, you are only allowed to set the X/Y Offset to shift the pattern, especially for the asymmetric pattern.
  • Select Proportional to fill area by selected pattern(s) with original aspect ratio. In this mode, you can scale in/out the pattern by setting X Scale and shift the pattern horizontally by setting X offset.

By Points tab: apply a pattern list to all points of current plot periodically

With the options in this tab, you can

  • Specify a dataset to vary the fill pattern for all columns, bars, pie wedges ,etc. of current plot.
  • Select a starting pattern to fill all columns, bars, pie wedges , etc. sequentially with default pattern list.
  • Select an existing pattern list to fill all columns, bars, pie wedges , etc. of current plot sequentially.

Any selection in this tab will trigger the Pattern List tab.

By Plots tab: apply a pattern increment list to all plots been grouped

This tab is only available for grouped plots. Select a pattern increment list to vary the grouped plots.

Pattern Color

When a pattern is selected from the Pattern list, the Pattern Color button is available. Clicking this button will open the color chooser which can be used to set color(s) for selected pattern(s).

When Automatic is selected, Origin uses the Border Color button setting for the pattern color.


Specify the width of the lines in the fill pattern. Line width is measured in units of points, where 1 point=1/72 inch.

Gradient Fill

Specify the gradient fill mode.

  • None: No gradient color change
  • One Color: One color changes from black to white gradually
  • Two Colors: The fill changes from one color to another gradually


This is available only when Gradient Fill is set to One Color. It is a slider used to set the lightness (in %) of the gradient fill color, varying from black to white.

2nd Color

This is available only when Gradient Fill is set to Two Colors. Select the second color used to create the gradient.

For help with color controls, see Customizing Data Plot Colors.


This is available when Gradient Fill is set to One Color or Two Colors. It allows you to specify the direction along which the filled color gradually changes.


Origin displays your current tab settings in this view box.


This controls XY/YZ/XZ faces transparency. Move the slider or enter an integer from 0 to 100 in the combination box. Note that 0 means the symbol is not transparent at all, and 100 means the symbol is fully transparent.

Relation to XY Faces

Use this drop-down list to specify the relation between the XZ face and the XY face. Note that this drop-down list is only available on the XZ Faces tab or the YZ Faces tab.


Use the Fill settings from the XY Faces tab for the XZ face of your data plot.


Control the fill display of the XZ face, independent of the Fill settings on the XY Faces tab.

Lighter or Darker

Display a lighter or darker shade of the fill color selected on the XY Faces tab for the XZ face.