I am attempting to export a 3D plot from mathematica with no background, but I seem to be unable to find a way.

ParametricPlot3D[{{Cos[x], Sin[x], x}, {Sin[x], Cos[x], x}}, {x, 0, 
  1}, PlotLegends -> {a, b}, Background -> None]
Export["test.eps", %, Background -> None]

The background of the legend is transparent, but not that behind the figure. I am able to do it in the case of 2D plots.

  • $\begingroup$ Which Mathematica version do you use? $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 4, 2016 at 19:07
  • $\begingroup$ I'm using Version 10.4 $\endgroup$
    – zalba19
    Commented Jul 4, 2016 at 19:09

1 Answer 1


With version 10.4.1 I get the plot rasterized (but not the legend) with your code. As a workaround you can use the Jens' trick:

Export["myFig2.eps", Graphics[Inset[pl, Automatic, Automatic, Scaled[1]]]];

Here is how the exported EPS file looks when opened by Adobe Acrobat 11 (I have selected a number on the frame in order to show that it is a selectable text):


Not ideal but at least it is in vectors and has no background (the following is a screenshot of a MS Word 2003 document where I imported the EPS figure):


  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! While it is not ideal, it is a decent work around for now. $\endgroup$
    – zalba19
    Commented Jul 5, 2016 at 17:11

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