Thanks for a response, but unfortunately it doesn't seem to work. I have some sample code on pastebin http://pastebin.com/W6JmbCsz in case the following does not email out well

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
"""
Created on Thu Apr 12 11:16:03 2012

Using the current stable version of pythonxy on Windows 7 32bit
Author: Jonathan


Notice how the figure box is not placed correctly, effectively missing the
legend entirely
"""

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np

x = np.arange(-2*np.pi, 2*np.pi, 0.1)
fig = plt.figure(1, figsize=(8,6))
ax = fig.add_subplot(111)
ax.plot(x, np.sin(x), label='Sine')
ax.plot(x, np.cos(x), label='Cosine')
ax.plot(x, np.arctan(x), label='Inverse tan')
handles, labels = ax.get_legend_handles_labels()
lgd = ax.legend(handles, labels, loc=9, bbox_to_anchor=(0.5,-0.1))
ax.grid('on')
#fig.tight_layout()
fig.savefig('samplefigure', bbox_extra_artists=(lgd,), bbox='tight')


On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 11:51 PM, Benjamin Root <ben.root@ou.edu> wrote:


On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 2:05 AM, Jonathan Bruck <jdt.bruck@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi all,

Forgive me as this is the first time I've posted here. I've asked a question on StackOverFlow:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/10101700/moving-matplotlib-legend-outside-of-the-axis-makes-it-cutoff-by-the-figure-box#comment12952803_10101700

The question relates to adjusting the size of the figure box to accommodate a large legend when the legend is placed below instead of on top of the axes.

I thought I'd post here to see if there are any other answers to avoiding having the figure box cut off the bottom of the legend.

Thanks

Jonathan
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If you only care about saving the figure, the savefig() method can take bbox='tight' and bbox_extra_artists=[legnd_obj] arguments (assuming you save the legend to such a variable.  As for on-screen displays, I have yet to find a solution.

Ben Root




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