Getting nice pictures into LaTeX files: There are several way to draw pictures you get them from Maple, R, draw them in xfig (simple diagrams drawn using the mouse mainly) or directly in you LaTeX document using a package called PSTricks (defining the size and vectors as functions in LaTeX). Check the

For including pictures that you might have as .jpg files etc., here's one way (for which a bit of effort is needed). First, you need to get the image file (e.g., jpg) that you want. If it needs some editing and manipulation, that is probably best done in Paint Shop Pro on the ITS machines (for transferring files, see below!). Then, open your image in The GIMP on the Maths machines. Now go to `Save As' and change the file to `something.eps'. This should then allow you to export the picture as an Encapsulated Postscript file (eps). This can then be included in a LaTeX document. For example:

In the document head:

\usepackage{amssymb}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{epsfig}
\usepackage{color}
\include{psfig}

...

In the body:

\begin{figure}[h!]
\begin{center}
\includegraphics[angle=0, width=\textwidth]{something}
\end{center}
\caption{Blah.}
\label{labelblah}
\end{figure}

...

If you want to use pictures from MAPLE, you can usually export them as .jpg files. To use graphs from Excel, or any other program, it is sometimes easiest to copy them to the clipboard using the `Print Screen' button and then something like `Paste as new image' in Paint Shop Pro. The image can then be saved as a .jpg.

Note that Paint Shop Pro will export files as .eps files for you, but they tend to be rather large and don't always work with LaTeX.


Thanks to L. J. Muller for writing this.



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