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Improve Your Graphics

Communicate your findings visually.

Accepted graphics file formats

IEEE accepts PS, EPS, PDF, PNG, or TIFF formats for graphics submission. Only submit Microsoft Office documents (DOC, PPT, XLS) when the graphic was originally drawn in the program. Use the IEEE Graphics Analyzer to check your graphics before submission.

Most graphics are published at one column width (3.5 inches / 21 picas wide) or two column width (7.16 inches / 43 picas wide). Graphics prepared as VSD, GIF, JPEG, BMP, or any other file formats not listed as acceptable cannot be processed.

Embedding fonts

As you prepare your graphics, select fonts from the following recommended list:

  • Helvetica
  • Times New Roman
  • Arial
  • Cambria
  • Symbol

If you are supplying EPS, PS, or PDF files, either convert all text to outlines, or embed the fonts. Some fonts may be native only to your operating system; if the fonts are not embedded, parts of the graphic may be distorted or missing when opened on another computer.

Typefaces and type sizes should be consistent in all your graphics and tables. Type should appear approximately 9-10 point when viewed at full size.

Compressing your graphics files

If your graphics files are very large then you’ll want to take steps to reduce their size prior to submitting to IEEE. Make sure that all image layers are flattened, and your graphic is of the correct resolution (dpi) and dimensions (no larger than 7.16 x 8.8 inches, 182 x 220 millimeters, or 43 x 52 picas). If your file is still large, you can use a variety of compression methods to create a ZIP, SIT, or TAR.Z file, including pkzip or Stuffit. Condensing your graphics could have a small negative effect on their final quality. IEEE suggests using this option only when necessary.

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