17 July 2014

585. Very briefly: use latex to combine .eps files into a single .eps

Say you have a figure made up by several smaller images by combining several includegraphics statements. Say also that you need to submit the figure as a single file when uploading the final version of your article.

The first step is to make sure that the output .ps file fits flush to the figure (see http://texblog.org/tag/fit-page-to-content/) using the standalone class:
\documentclass[varwidth=true, border=10pt, convert={size=640x}]{standalone} \usepackage[english]{babel} \usepackage{graphicx} \begin{document} \begin{figure}[h] \begin{center} \includegraphics[width=2.0cm]{figure_1a.eps} \includegraphics[width=2.0cm]{figure_1b.eps} \includegraphics[width=2.0cm]{figure_1c.eps} \\ \includegraphics[width=2.0cm]{figure_1d.eps} \includegraphics[width=2.0cm]{figure_1e.eps} \end{center} \end{figure} \end{document}
Then use ps2eps to turn the ps into an eps file:

ps2eps combined_image.ps

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