[OS X TeX] Inclusion of TIFF files

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Wed Sep 6 11:07:57 EDT 2006

On Sep 6, 2006, at 10:53 AM, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> Though I disagree with the remark, made in this post, that the  
> visual difference between the EPS and bitmapped figures is  
> generally small: the resolution of the bitmap has really to be  
> large enough, 300 dpi say, for the difference to be small indeed.

You can check on that by just looking at any bit of text or a solid  
non-vertical/horizontal line.

For line art w/ text, a decent quality resolution is 400dpi (w/o anti- 
aliasing which makes the text fuzzy). 600dpi is better, again, w/o  
anti-aliasing (which should only be used for text intended for the  

Bruno, you might be able to get smaller filesizes by placing, not  
opening the .eps, drawing in a bounding-box rectangle w/ no fill/ 
stroke, creating the overlay of labels, then deleting the  
placed .eps, saving the overlay .eps next to the graph .eps and then  
compositing the two in TeX.

You can also reduce the filesize of an Illustrator file by removing  
all unused colours / swatches, not including a preview, and in some  
instances by saving down as a lower version #.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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