A journal editor expects high-quality 3D plots (vector files such as .eps, .svg or .pdf) for my article. So, I'm trying to export 3D plots in EPS format.

I know that there are many similar posts on this site. For example; 1 2 3 4 5 6 etc. So I've been reading the posts and have been applying the suggestions for days.

Yes, I can export the 3d plots as .eps. But unfortunately, they have not high quality or sharpness. They are so blurry. I have no choice but to post here.

I use Wolfram Mathematica 12.3 on Windows 10. (People asking similar questions generally use either Mac OS or previous versions of Mathematica)

Question 1. Is the problem originated from the version that is Mathematica 12.3 (or Windows 10)? Which version is ok?

Question 2. Shall I use the following mesh grid plot instead of Plot3D ? Or which Plot command do you suggest?

For example;

Plot1=Plot3D[x*Exp[-x^2 - y^2], {x, -2, 2}, {y, -3, 3}, PlotRange -> All,ColorFunction -> "Rainbow", PlotTheme -> "Detailed"]


meshgrid[x_List, y_List] := {ConstantArray[x, Length[x]], 
  Transpose@ConstantArray[y, Length[y]]}
  {xx, yy} = meshgrid[Range[-2, 2, .1], Range[-4, 4, .2]];
    c = xx*Exp[-xx^2 - yy^2];    
    pts = Flatten[{xx, yy, c}, {2, 3}];
    Plot2=ListPlot3D[pts, PlotRange -> All, AxesLabel -> Automatic, 
     ImagePadding -> 20, Mesh -> 35, InterpolationOrder -> 2, 
     ColorFunction -> "Rainbow", PlotTheme -> "Detailed"]

Solving the problem is very crucial for me and many Mathematica users.

Any help or suggestions are appreciated.

P.S. When I export the figure using the following code: Export["figure.eps", Plot1, ImageResolution -> 800]

I get the following results (It is not bad, but it's still blurry.) (Zoom %1200) enter image description here When I export the same plot using Matlab, it gives an excellent .eps image as follows: (Zoom %1200)
In Mathematica, how to export/print/save like the following high-quality 3D .eps figures?

enter image description here

  • 2
    $\begingroup$ Don't bother with vector graphics. Use bitmaps and set them to high resolution. See mathematica.stackexchange.com/a/750/12 $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Jul 3, 2021 at 20:44
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Note: If you export 3D graphics to EPS, it will be bitmap, not vector. EPS can hold a mix of vectors and bitmaps. You can still use ImageResolution (and you should do so). $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Jul 3, 2021 at 21:13
  • $\begingroup$ Export["figure.eps", Plot1, ImageResolution -> 800] is high quality and it is suitable to print. $\endgroup$
    – cvgmt
    Jul 4, 2021 at 10:13
  • $\begingroup$ Dear all, thanks for your interest. I added an exported figure using Export["figure.eps", Plot1, ImageResolution -> 800]. But it's still blurry. What is your SetOptions ? Maybe it's different from me. $\endgroup$
    – 1_student
    Jul 4, 2021 at 12:41
  • $\begingroup$ 2D vector format is not the good format for 3D object since it alway get a large size file. For example Plot3D[Sin[10 x*y], {x, 0, Pi}, {y, 0, Pi}, PlotPoints -> 80] That is why Mathematica doesn't export such vector format no longer. It is a nightmare when we use Mathematica version 9 or early version. $\endgroup$
    – cvgmt
    Jul 4, 2021 at 14:19


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