Direct orthonormed system



By default the origin is in the top left corner, the x axis is pointing on the right and the y axis down.
Is it possible to get a “common” coordinate system (like the one usually used in math: origin bottom right corner, x axis pointing right and y axis pointing up)

I know the scale, rotate and translate function but my main problem is that I can’t scale the y axis by -1…



You can create a function that return the pixel coordinate based on your orthonormal system.

Let’s say you want your system to be

  • 0 in the bottom left
  • xMax in the bottom right
  • yMax in the top left

Then a point (x, y) in your system would become ( (width / xMax) * x, - (heigth / yMax) * y) in the screen coordinate.


Why can’t you scale the y axis? It doesn’t work? Or your program should not do that?

translate(0, 100);
scale(1, -1);
rect(0, 0, 50, 50);


Ho! I never thought to it, this is a great idea, thank you jb4x


hamoid, I tried to scale the y axis by -1 and translate but when I tried to draw sth, it was like if it didn’t work…
I will try again and informed you.


Here’s a more complete example to show @hamoid’s idea:

void setup() {
  size(400, 400); 

void draw() {
  translate(0, height);
  scale(1, -1);
  ellipse(0, 0, 50, 50);
  ellipse(200, 200, 100, 100);
  ellipse(200, 300, 10, 10);