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Improve Your Graphics

Communicate your findings visually. Follow the IEEE graphic guidelines to create more effective graphics for your paper. Help with your graphics is just an email away via authors@ieee.org.

Accepted graphics file formats

Make sure your submitted file formats can be processed by IEEE. Compare your files to the IEEE accepted graphics file formats:

  • IEEE accepts PS, EPS, PDF, PNG, or TIFF formats for graphics submission. 
  • It is acceptable to submit Microsoft Office documents (DOC, PPT, XLS) only when the graphic was originally drawn in the program.  
  • High-resolution JPEG files are acceptable for author photos only. IEEE also continues to accept PS, EPS, and TIFF.

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 except in the case of an author photo.

Embedding fonts

Follow the guidelines for embedding fonts to ensure all parts of your graphic can be viewed when opened on another computer. As you prepare your graphics, select fonts from the 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, you will need to take some steps to reduce their file size prior to submitting to IEEE. Follow the IEEE guidelines for compressing your graphics files:

  1. 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).
  2. If your file is still large, you can use a variety of compression methods in order to create a ZIP, SIT, or TAR.Z file:

Condensing your graphics could have a small negative effect on their final quality. IEEE suggests using this option only when absolutely necessary.

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