I'm trying to use Matplotlib to plot 3d surfaces, with
good results. While the plot are nice, there is little
information on the website about customizing them. To
get what I want, I used some tricks and hacks, and I am
pretty sure that there are better ways to do it. Here is
what I did, if you have any advice on how to do it better.
* The wireframe lines in the surface are thicker than I
wanted. I couldn't find a way to configure their
thickness. To get thinner lines, I made my plots huge
(about 24 inches), and adjusted fonts accordingly. This
is a very ugly (and unpredictable) hack.
* I need gray images, so I used the gray colormap. This,
however, gave me very dark and bright areas, and I
wanted a little less variation. Since my functions
always range from 0. to 1., I set vmin=-1 and vmax=2.
I got the result I wanted, but I feel that there is
a better way to do that.
* The grids on the 'walls' and 'floor', on the other hand,
are very bright, and I wanted them darker. Couldn't find
a way to do that.
* In some plots, I don't want ticks on some axis. Setting
ticks to  gave me no result, and there is no method
for that in the z-axis. Setting ticklabels to  also
made no difference. Is there a way to remove the ticks
or the labels in 3d plots?
I figure out that there is probably ways to do all those
by handling the corresponding Artists, or other object of
the kind. But they are full of details, and I don't know
exactly where to start. Any directions will be appreciated.
I've been using matplotlib for years, and it is always
helpful, and the plots are always beautiful. Thanks for
the nice work.
José Alexandre Nalon