(partially reproduced from the material in guidance.pdf by Brett Viren)
It is essential to use high-quality, efficiently sized figures (aka “graphics”). You willbe asked to redo them if they do not meet some basic standards. The standardsare in place to avoid sub-optimal figures, bloated files sizes, and delayed publishingschedules. This section provides guidance on how to create figures according to the standards.
There two basic graphic content types; these are important to understand:
The CDR volumes compile with pdflatex and so can use graphics in PDF, JPEGor PNG file formats. In general:
It is possible (though unwise) to store inherently raster information in PDF orto rasterize inherently vector information into JPEG or PNG. This is the maincause for bloated, low-quality graphics. Here are some guidelines to avoid this:
If authors find these guidelines can not be followed, please contact the technicaleditors.
Where possible, it is recommended that any plots be submitted in a form that canbe built along with the LaTeX. This allows editors to apply consistent in-plot fonts,colors, wording. More info to be added.
One common figure type is to take a figure and annotate it with arrows or labels.Ideally you will do this in LaTeX, for example using TikZ. If you can’t do that,then take care not to produce a bloated, low-quality graphic, and please choose fonts and colors that “work” with the document. If the underlying graphic is JPEG then produce the final version in JPEG and never save as PNG. If the annotation is on top of an original vector drawing and your annotation software will not raster it,save it as PDF.
The LaTeX code used to include graphics is not duplicated here; it is in the guidance.pdf instructions.
There are three places for figures (LaTeX volumes):Figures common to all volumes/annexes: ./figures/Static figures for just one volume (or annex) ./volume-NAME/figures/ ./annex-NAME/figures/Figures that are generated as part of the (nonexistent) document build system: ./volume-NAME/generated/ ./annex-NAME/generated/
For those of you editing in Word, please note that you need to indicate where the graphic should go and provide a caption for it, as well as a credit if needed.
Most of the graphics guidleines for LaTeX apply to Word with the exception of PDF graphics. PDF graphics are not supported by Word.
Contributors must ensure that all graphics are retained in their original format, that is, JPEG, PNG, or TIFF for optimal quality.
Use of Microsoft Visio is encouraged for line drawings, flow charts and any network diagrams, if applicable.
Note: Contributors, you are not required to add the numbered figure captions. Just use place holder captions below the figure. Concise wording is appreciated. (Contain text to a minimum.) Also, if you can ensure that a quality figure is inserted or made available, then the rest of the formatting will be done for you by the Editor (including the numbering to the figure caption.)