Re: [R] Preparing high quality figures with tiff as end result

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 16:34:26 +0100 (BST)

Try bitmap(): this produces PostScript and converts with ghostscript.

BTW, everything (including text) in TIFF files *is* 'low-res bitmaps' by definition, so you cannot avoid this. Anti-aliasing *may* help, and the bitmap() device in R-devel supports it.

On Fri, 23 May 2008, Gustaf Rydevik wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I'm currently preparing some figures that will be submitted to PloS One.
> In their guidelines they state that they will only accept figures in
> tiff or eps format, with the warning that eps figures will be
> converted to tiff format ( see
> http://www.plosone.org/static/figureGuidelines.action ).
>
> Because of this conversion, I figured I'd generate tiff-format figures
> from the beginning.
> However, a number of issues cropped up:
> 1) using
>
> library(Cairo)
> CairoTIFF("test.tif")
>
> I get " Sorry, this Cairo was compiled without tiff support.". I tried
> finding out how to recompile Cairo, but got lost in a lot of confusing
> talk about GTK+, downloaded dll files that I didn't know how to use
> etc.
>
> so I turned to plain tiff(), and
>
> 2) R started crashing on me.The following code
>
> tiff("test.tif")
> plot(rnorm(100))
> dev.off()
>
> ,crashes R (i.e "R GUI has encountered a problem and needs to
> close...") every third time or so.
> When it does work, the resulting output is not too pretty.

Which means what?

> So I turned to using postscript files. However, Plos One requires that
> fonts be embedded into the figure.
> embedFonts() works for this, but the result is that text becomes
> low-res bitmaps, and I don't know how to solve this.
>
> So basically my question is: How should I go about generating graphics
> that will look as nice as possible given the above constraints?
>
> Many thanks in advance,
>
> Gustaf
>
>
>
>
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