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

Lena Image

IEEE’s diversity statement and supporting policies such as the IEEE Code of Ethics speak to IEEE’s commitment to promoting an inclusive and equitable culture that welcomes all.  In alignment with this culture and with respect to the wishes of the subject of the image, Lena Forsén, IEEE will no longer accept submitted papers which include the “Lena image.”

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.

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:

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.

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