Error Matplotlib tight layout doesn t take into account figure suptitle

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If I add a subtitle to my matplotlib figure it gets overlaid by the subplot's titles. Does anybody know how to easily take care of that? I tried the tight_layout() function, but it only makes things worse.

Example:

import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

f = np.random.random(100)
g = np.random.random(100)
fig = plt.figure()
fig.suptitle('Long Suptitle', fontsize=24)
plt.subplot(121)
plt.plot(f)
plt.title('Very Long Title 1', fontsize=20)
plt.subplot(122)
plt.plot(g)
plt.title('Very Long Title 2', fontsize=20)
plt.tight_layout()
plt.show()
May 7, 2020 in Python by kartik
• 37,510 points
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1 answer to this question.

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Hello,

You can simply adjust the coordinates of the suptitle text in the figure using the y argument in the call of suptitle:

import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

f = np.random.random(100)
g = np.random.random(100)
fig = plt.figure()
fig.suptitle('Long Suptitle', y=1.05, fontsize=24)
plt.subplot(121)
plt.plot(f)
plt.title('Very Long Title 1', fontsize=20)
plt.subplot(122)
plt.plot(g)
plt.title('Very Long Title 2', fontsize=20)
plt.show()

Hope this works!!

Thank you!!

answered May 7, 2020 by Niroj
• 82,780 points

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