Retrieve the legend of a plot

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Description

This function extracts just the legend from a ggplot

Usage

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get_legend(plot)

Arguments

plot

A ggplot or gtable from which to retrieve the legend

Value

A gtable object holding just the lengend

Examples

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p1 <- ggplot(mtcars, aes(mpg, disp)) + geom_line()
plot.mpg <- ggplot(mpg, aes(x = cty, y = hwy, colour = factor(cyl))) + geom_point(size=2.5)
# Note that these cannot be aligned vertically due to the legend in the plot.mpg
ggdraw(plot_grid(p1, plot.mpg, ncol=1, align='v'))

legend <- get_legend(plot.mpg)
plot.mpg <- plot.mpg + theme(legend.position='none')
# Now plots are aligned vertically with the legend to the right
ggdraw(plot_grid(plot_grid(p1, plot.mpg, ncol=1, align='v'),
                 plot_grid(NULL, legend, ncol=1),
                 rel_widths=c(1, 0.2)))