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i had always been irked by how easy it was to make figures in matlab, but how crummy they looked when saved.  i felt slightly embarrassed handing in such ugly figures for my homework; a journal editor would be seized with anaphylactic shock if i tried submitting matlab figures.

i’ve finally stumbled upon the solution, however: the eps level-2 file format.  try saving your figures like such:

saveas(gcf,’my_figure.eps’,'epsc2′);

prepare to be amazed. figures fonts no longer make you want to put out your own eyes; diagonal lines show no evidence of pixelation, even when you’re zoomed in.


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4 Responses to “make high-quality, publication-level figures in matlab”

  1. on 01 Oct 2008 at 8:15 am Tom

    Indeed saving it as a vector format will do the trick, but if a Matlab figure contains too many items it “magically” transforms into a bitmap again.

    Be aware.

  2. on 13 Oct 2008 at 7:00 pm Papa

    Pls, how can i insert a figure in MATLAB. That is inserting a graph into another

  3. on 28 Jan 2009 at 8:42 pm Ilana

    Also, here is a matlab script that lets you put latexed text into your figures, creates an eps, and then it all compiles together when you latex your document. Worked great for me.

    http://www.mathworks.de/matlabcentral/fileexchange/4638

  4. on 17 Feb 2011 at 1:18 am Daniel Cuneo

    print -depsc filename.eps does the same thing…

    I found myself browsing though your tricks again…recalling that my latest MATLAB plot looked awful, I tried the saveas
    function, then remembered the one I used to use…

    cheers

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