Making .eps files for LaTeX with PowerPoint

Below is how I create high resolution figures in PowerPoint for use as imported encapsulated postscript (.eps) files in LaTeX.

Draw and save the figure in PowerPoint

Draw in PowerPoint, then

"Save As"

a Portable Network Graphics (.png) file, with resolution at 300 dots per inch (set via "Options" button in "Save As" dialog).

Load the figure into GIMP and save as .eps

Open the page (e.g. Slide1.png) with GIMP. Go to


Selection Tools

Rect Select

to select the rectangle you want. Then select



Save the image subset by clicking



in GIMP (makes a file the right size), then choose



then click

Save As...

in GIMP, and choose Encapsulated Postscript (.eps). This saves the rectangular region as a .eps file of high quality.

You can then use this .eps file in LaTeX with regular "height=" or "width=" scaling.

Last Revised: March 3, 2008, Brad Nickerson