Distraction-free plotting in three dimensions

We will use pgfplots for a three-dimensional plot of an exponential function.

We will apply a style for reduced and shifted axes, to get a distraction-free visualization.

If you don’t have it already, download the file http://pgfplots.net/media/tikzlibrarypgfplots.shift.code.tex, and put it into your document folder.

Load this style in your preamble by:

\usepgfplotslibrary{shift}

Now, we can use the shift style, as in this short example.

The code, and more, is explained in the LaTeX Cookbook, Chapter 10, Advanced Mathematics, Plotting in three dimensions.

3d plot reduced

% Distraction-free plotting in three dimensions
% Author: Stefan Kottwitz
% https://www.packtpub.com/hardware-and-creative/latex-cookbook
\documentclass[border=10pt]{standalone}
\usepackage{pgfplots}
\usepgfplotslibrary{shift}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
  \begin{axis} [shift3d]
    \addplot3 [surf, colormap/hot2, domain = -2:2, samples = 50]
      { x/exp(x^2+y^2) };
  \end{axis}
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}
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