[R] How to use external image with R plot?

Michael Sumner mdsumner at gmail.com
Tue Jul 10 13:03:55 CEST 2012

There are many ways to do this, here is one using an example from ?barplot

x <- readJPEG("arrow_glossy_right_red.jpg")
barplot(VADeaths, border = "dark blue")
rasterImage(x, 0, 60, 1, 80)

You'll have to change those numbers to suit your plot, par('usr")
gives a quick idea of the extents. You should be able to see that JPEG
is not a good format for drawings like this (and using images like
this is not a good method anyway since you never know what scale you
might want the shape to be drawn at). You might be better just using
?arrows or ?symbols but if you are bound to a particular image source
try to save it as a pixel format that doesn't crush the data (such as

Also, I'm not really "merging images" here, and I wouldn't say that's
the way to go about it. This is using R's plot support for vector and
raster graphics.

Cheers, Mike.

On Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 5:19 PM, Manish Gupta <mandecent.gupta at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I am wokring on stacked bar plot and i need to add one arrow dynamically.
> http://r.789695.n4.nabble.com/file/n4635959/arrow_glossy_right_red.jpg
> http://r.789695.n4.nabble.com/file/n4635959/Screenshot.10.png
> Final image:
> http://r.789695.n4.nabble.com/file/n4635959/Screenshot.1.png
> Is there any packae which can be used for merging images?
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Michael Sumner
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e-mail: mdsumner at gmail.com

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