[R] good procedure for creating plots for PowerPoint

White.Denis@epamail.epa.gov White.Denis at epamail.epa.gov
Wed May 8 17:30:32 CEST 2002

The path, R to postscript to illustrator to powerpoint has worked for me
many times with excellent results.  In Windows (NT/2000), I just cut and
paste from illustrator into powerpoint, and resize the image.  Sometimes
I delete extra frames around the graphic or change titles, etc., in
illustrator first.

> If you have Adobe Illustrator available then you can use
> postscript(), and the quality will be very good.
> After creating the postscript file, open it with Illustrator.
> Illustrator (unless it's a very old version) will add a preview
> image. Save it in Illustrator's "Illustrator EPS" format. Then use
> PowerPoint's "Insert Graphic from File" command.
> Your boss will probably be able to change the background in
> PowerPoint, but it would be better to do it in Illustrator.
> caveat: I do this on a Macintosh, and you didn't mention what
> platform he's using for his PowerPoint. I think it likely my
> procedure will work with Windows' Illustrator and PowerPoint.
> With the postscript driver you can set the height and width of the
> plot to something appropriate for a PowerPoint presentation. It will
> probably take some trial and error on your part to get the margins
> and other graphical parameters right, since what fits  when viewing
> the graph on the screen may not fit when it's sized for Powerpoint.
> -Don
> At 4:38 PM -0700 5/7/02, Russell Senior wrote:
> >I am generating some graphs (on GNU/Linux using R 1.5.x) for a
> >PowerPoint presentation my boss is giving next week.  He just tried
> >cut/pasted a plot off of a PDF file I had created, but he complained
> >that the fonts were too small and fuzzy, and that he couldn't change
> >the background.  I have been playing with png(bg=transparent), but I
> >am not sure what appropriate height,width parameters and whether I
> >should modify my plot colors.  Any pointers on generating good
> >figures for PowerPoint?
> >
> >Thanks!
> >
> >--
> >Russell Senior         ``The two chiefs turned to each other.
> >seniorr at aracnet.com      Bellison uncorked a flood of horrible

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