I can get crisp, anti-aliased 2D plots but not 3D.

2d 3d

Anti-aliasing is set to 1 in Graphics options. In the Documentation center, 3D plots look good when I open it, especially the ticks and tick labels but when I recompile the plots, they lose their quality. I tried various RenderingOptions but none seem to work. My output of inxi -G is

Graphics:  Device-1: Intel UHD Graphics 620 driver: i915 v: kernel 
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.8 driver: intel unloaded: modesetting resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz 
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel UHD Graphics 620 (KBL GT2) v: 4.6 Mesa 20.1.3 

I am running Mathematica 12.1 on Manjaro KDE.


David G. Stork's answer makes the surface of the 3D plot better but I would like to make the tick labels and tick marks crisp and smooth as in 2D plot if possible.

  • $\begingroup$ Is it a question about plotting or exporting the plot? $\endgroup$
    – yarchik
    Commented Jul 27, 2020 at 22:08
  • $\begingroup$ @yarchik Plotting, although answers regarding exporting the plot would be appreciated as well. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 28, 2020 at 7:20

2 Answers 2


Just use a large number of plot points:


And save as .eps or .pdf.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, that solves the problem for the surface in the plot. Is there any way to make the axis tick labels crisp as well? $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 26, 2020 at 19:24
  BaseStyle -> {FontFamily -> "Times", FontSize -> 15}, 
  LabelStyle -> Directive[Black, Bold, Medium], 
  TicksStyle -> Directive[Small, Blue]];
Plot3D[Sin[x*y], {x, 0, 2 \[Pi]}, {y, 0, 2 \[Pi]}, PlotPoints -> 50, 
 AxesLabel -> {x, y, Sin[x*y]}]

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