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exporting publishable 3D graphics

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  • Subject: [mg109975] exporting publishable 3D graphics
  • From: Robert Rosenbaum <robertr at>
  • Date: Thu, 27 May 2010 06:43:44 -0400 (EDT)

I need to export a 3D graphics object generated with ListPlot3D to be 
used in a publication.  I'm compiling with PDFLatex so I need to export 
to a png, jpg, or pdf file.

If I export as a png, the text and axes are pixelated to the extent that 
the image is unusable.  Increasing the resolution doesn't help.

If I export the plot as a pdf, the text looks good (because it's 
exported as fonts), but the file size is enormous.  Presumably, this is 
because Export saves the surface in a vector format, which would be 
terribly inefficient for something created using ListPlot3D.

Is there a way to Export a pdf where the text and axes are saved in a 
vector format, but the surface is saved in a bitmap format?


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