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Exporting image to bounded pdf

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David Arnold
David Arnold on 24 Jan 2012
If I do this:
set(gcf,'PaperPosition',[0,0,4,3]) print -depsc2 filename.eps
I get a nice image I can include in a latex document. However, if I need to use pdflatex, then I need a pdf image. Now, I know I can use epstopdf to convert the above eps image to pdf, and it works very well, but I wonder if I can do this directly from Matlab. When I try:
set(gcf,'PaperPosition',[0,0,4,3]) print -dpdf filename.pdf
I get a full page, with the image in the lower left corner. Now, I know of tools I can use to crop this result, but I am wondering if I can do this directly in Matlab code.
David Arnold College of the Redwoods Eureka, CA 95501

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Junaid
Junaid on 24 Jan 2012
There are couple of ways to do it
1. plot something do this code
plot([1:10]);
set(gcf, 'PaperPosition', [0 0 5 5]); %Position plot at left hand corner with width 5 and height 5.
set(gcf, 'PaperSize', [5 5]); %Set the paper to have width 5 and height 5.
saveas(gcf, 'test', 'pdf') %Save figure
2. if you have installed latex then pdfcrop is already installed with it so you can do like this.
saveas(gca,'test.pdf');
system('pdfcrop test.pdf test.pdf');
3. you make your own save function and follow 1 or 2 or may be some other procedure to do it.
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David Arnold
David Arnold on 24 Jan 2012
Nope, none of these work on the Mac. When using the latex interpreter, the labels are cut off.
http://msemac.redwoods.edu/~darnold/math55/matlab/test.pdf
D.

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Junaid
Junaid on 24 Jan 2012
follow code generated good pdf check
close all;
t=linspace(0,2*pi,500);
P=1/17*exp(-t).*(4*sin(4*t)-cos(4*t))+18/17;
plot(t,P)
xlabel('$t$-axis',...
'interpreter','latex',...
'FontSize',10)
ylabel('$P$-axis',...
'interpreter','latex',...
'FontSize',10)
title('$P''=e^x/(y+1)$',...
'interpreter','latex',...
'FontSize',12)
grid on
axis tight
set(gcf, 'PaperPosition', [0 0 5 5]); %Position plot at left hand corner with width 5 and height 5.
set(gcf, 'PaperSize', [5 5]); %Set the paper to have width 5 and height 5.
saveas(gcf, 'test', 'pdf') %Save figure
Make sure to put width and height to 5
set(gcf, 'PaperPosition', [0 0 5 5]); %Position plot at left hand corner with width 5 and height 5.
set(gcf, 'PaperSize', [5 5]); %Set the paper to have width 5 and height 5.
saveas(gcf, 'test', 'pdf') %Save figure
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Junaid
Junaid on 25 Jan 2012
I m sorry David, I didn't get what you mean by dimensions. If you mean the x and y label/ticks then you can set manually.
set(gca,'YTick',[1.0 1.05 1.10 1.15 1.2 ]);
or even exactly whatever your values are.

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Florin Neacsu
Florin Neacsu on 24 Jan 2012
Hi,
The most popular file of fileexchange might do the trick:
Regards, Florin
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Florin Neacsu
Florin Neacsu on 24 Jan 2012
Hello,
You can set grid line width with the axes LineWidth property, but this will changes both the axes and the grid.
Also you change the style of the grid lines with
set(gca,'GridLineStyle','-')
Unfortunately there is not something like
set(gca,'GridLineWidth',10)
HTH,
Florin

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David Arnold
David Arnold on 25 Jan 2012
I want to thank everyone for their help on this question. I am now going to close the question.
Thanks so much.
David.

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