Geom_line to highlight one group over others



I need a way to highlight all my visits from source “organic”. I think I can have 2 geom_lines:

  1. One with all the data.
  2. Only the organic data.

But I don’t know exactly how my code shoud be written.

This is how I would tipycally would show all data:

ggplot(data_line, aes(date, sessions, color=sources)) +


How can I only highlight “organic” source?

I’m putting a str result and not a dput as my data is a little big.

Classes ‘grouped_df’, ‘tbl_df’, ‘tbl’ and 'data.frame':	612 obs. of  3 variables:
 $ date    : Date, format: "2017-01-01" "2017-01-02" ...
 $ sources : chr  "organic" "organic" "direct" "organic" ...
 $ sessions: num  11 4 4 21 1 11 13 1 1 13 ...
 - attr(*, "vars")= chr "date"
 - attr(*, "drop")= logi TRUE

Thank you.


You could try the gghighlight package available on CRAN. There is a nice webpage vignette:

You could also generate 2 data frames (one with organic only and one with the other sources) and plot both data frames using separate geom_line() calls.

e.g. something like this

library(dplyr) #includes the starwars dataset

homeworld_tatooine <- starwars %>% 
  select(height, mass, homeworld) %>% 
  filter(homeworld == "Tatooine", !
homeworld_other <- starwars %>% 
  select(height, mass, homeworld) %>% 
  filter(homeworld != "Tatooine", !

ggplot() +
  geom_line(data = homeworld_tatooine, aes(mass, height), colour="red") +
  geom_line(data = homeworld_other, aes(mass, height), colour = "grey40") +

I hope this is helpful.


Thank you, Steph. Exactly what I was looking for. :slight_smile: