Here is the trick (well documented on the matplotlib webpage) to define the font family and size of what appears on your matplotlib plot:
Before calling anything related to matplotlib in your script, do:
### rcParams are the default parameters for matplotlib import matplotlib as mpl mpl.rcParams['font.size'] = 10. mpl.rcParams['font.family'] = 'Comic Sans MS' mpl.rcParams['axes.labelsize'] = 8. mpl.rcParams['xtick.labelsize'] = 6. mpl.rcParams['ytick.labelsize'] = 6.
Calling these lines before creating a basemap plot will also work !
Note: you can permanently define the default values if you *really* prefer Comic Sans Ms for all your plots, e.g. The matplotlibrc file is located somewhere on your disk, to know where, just type:
import matplotlib print matplotlib.matplotlib_fname()
gives : “c:\Python26\lib\site-packages\matplotlib\mpl-data\matplotlibrc”
which starts with :
### MATPLOTLIBRC FORMAT # This is a sample matplotlib configuration file - you can find a copy # of it on your system in # site-packages/matplotlib/mpl-data/matplotlibrc. If you edit it # there, please note that it will be overridden in your next install. # If you want to keep a permanent local copy that will not be # over-written, place it in HOME/.matplotlib/matplotlibrc (unix/linux # like systems) and C:\Documents and Settings\yourname\.matplotlib # (win32 systems).
Quite easy to understand, isn’t it ?
More information about Customizing Matplotlib can be found here.