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* External App: [ WebPlotDigitizer]
* External App: [ WebPlotDigitizer]
=== Tips When Exporting Figures  ===
=== Tips for Exporting Figures  ===
* Before saving the graphics in the respective programs  
* Before saving the graphics in the respective programs  
** Check colour maps (see or
** Check colour maps (see or

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  • Vector Graphics Editors
    • Inkscape (free and open-source)
    • Adobe Illustrator (for students only through UiO programkiosk)
    • Directly in LaTeX (PGF/TikZ:; some examples)
    • LibreOffice Draw (free and open-source)
    • Through presentation software such as Powerpoint, Keynote, …
    • Web-based options: Google draw (in Google disk),, Figma, Lucid charts, …
  • Raster Graphics Editors
    • Gimp (free and open-source)
    • Adobe Photoshop (for students only through UiO programkiosk)
    • Photopea (online editor)
  • 3D Computer Graphics Editors
    • Blender (free and open-source)
    • Autodesk Maya

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Digitalize Figures

To qualitatively compare one's own data with other published data, it is sometimes needed to obtain the concrete data of the respective publication. In that case there are multiple ways to do that:

Tips for Exporting Figures

  • Before saving the graphics in the respective programs
  • For LaTeX
    • Recommended approach: export as pdf, use pdfcrop
      • epstopdf - usually installed with LaTeX
      • pdfcrop - usually installed with LaTeX
    • For direct inclusion in LaTeX use the scripts linked above to create PGF/TikZ files
  • Sometimes it is neccessary to use png format (e.g. in case of render graphics or plots with an essential transparency effect)
    • In that case one should pick a proper resolution for the export file while accounting for its file size
    • Possible ways to compress the png file is to use for example pngquant, AdvanceCOMP or ImageMagick

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