Re: [R] Journal Quality R Graphs?

From: Werner Wernersen <>
Date: Wed 02 Mar 2005 - 19:24:03 EST

Thanks for your answer, Adai!

Being a newbie, I finally tried a lot of things and wasted a stack of paper in
order to get a black & white printer printable chart of good quality.

My experiences are the following:
* do never (!) use the alpha correction color settings for transparency if the
graph is to be printed (alpha correction also works with few formats, e.g. PDF 1.4)
* the library(gstat), bpy.colors() color palette prints nicely in grey
* there is a small difference in output from saving the graphs to PS or PDF with
PS looking slightly better

* set the line width with par(lwd=)
* set the line style with par(lty="solid")
* in the print dialog before printing: check if the
automatic scaling option is set

After doing all of this, my chart looks rather acceptable now.
The R version used was R 2.0.1 on win2k and printing was done on a HP LJ 4M Plus.

Thanks again for your answers!



Adaikalavan Ramasamy wrote:
> Searching for "graph publication" on
> gave me the
following hit :
> which suggests
> postscript().
> Have you tried printing other documents in black and
white on the same
> printer or tried different printers for the same R
graph. This will
> hopefully eliminate printer as a possible culprit.
Dying printer toners
> sometimes makes the graph look worse than it
actually is.
> Regards, Adai
> On Tue, 2005-03-01 at 00:27 +0100, Werner Wernersen
>>I have browsed the help archives but did not find
>>anything on the subject: How
>>to make publication quality graphs with R best?
>>Is there some document about that topic out there?
>>problem is that the
>>graphs look nice on the screen but when printed in
>>black and white every color
>>apart from black doesn't look very nice. Is there
>>guideline how to set
>>color palettes and or fill patterns for charts?
>>Thank you very much for considering my question in
>> Werner
>> mailing list
>>PLEASE do read the posting guide!
> mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide! Received on Wed Mar 02 19:31:49 2005

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