Problems with `coord_polar()` pdf alignment.

Problem with pdf plot alignment.

With coord_polar() and theme_void() there is strange alignmet, even when elements are present that are white. When adding a geom_hline() if colour = "white" then alignment fails, if colour = black then alignment is successful.

Is a problem when knitting to .pdf. I have knit to two columns to get it all onto one page for a screenshot, but the problem persists in single column. The same alignment problem happens when a coord_polar() plot has asymetric labels on one side, with fig.align="center" the alignment is off.

output: pdf_document
- twocolumn

```{r, echo = FALSE}
knitr::opts_chunk$set(fig.height = 2)

```{r, message=FALSE}

## Normal Plot
p1 <- ggplot(diamonds) + 
  aes(x = carat) + 
  geom_histogram() + 

## `theme_void()` means strange alignment
p2 <- p1 + theme_void()

## Adding a line fixes alignment
line <- 12000
p3 <- p2 + geom_hline(yintercept = line)

## Adding a white line breaks alignment
p2 + geom_hline(yintercept = line, 
                colour = "white")

## Adding a white line over a black line fixes alignment
p3 + geom_hline(yintercept = line, 
                colour = "white", 
                size = 3)
> sessionInfo()
R version 4.0.2 (2020-06-22)
Platform: x86_64-apple-darwin17.0 (64-bit)
Running under: macOS  10.16

Matrix products: default
LAPACK: /Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Versions/4.0/Resources/lib/libRlapack.dylib

[1] en_AU.UTF-8/en_AU.UTF-8/en_AU.UTF-8/C/en_AU.UTF-8/en_AU.UTF-8

attached base packages:
[1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base     

loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
 [1] compiler_4.0.2    htmltools_0.5.1.1 tools_4.0.2       yaml_2.2.1       
 [5] rmarkdown_2.8     knitr_1.33        xfun_0.23         digest_0.6.27    
 [9] rlang_0.4.11      evaluate_0.14    

pdf_document() will default to fig_crop = "auto" (in last dev version, TRUE in previous versions). This means figures will be cropped by pdfcrop tool. As you are using white background and not axis, I believe this is causing some issues. See Convert to a PDF/LaTeX document — pdf_document • rmarkdown

You need to set

    fig_crop: FALSE

So that cropping does not happen with PDF. I believe you could get better result.

In most case, cropping figures is useful and works as expected but in this case with no X / Y axis to help the detection, it seems this is not happening as expected.

Hope it helps


This does indeed fix the problem! Thank you so much for the answer :slight_smile:

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