I'm in the process of writing up my thesis and as I've been adding figures my file size is getting large quite quickly. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on the best file type(s) to use for figures in my thesis? Ideally I want a file type that will minimise file size without compromising too much on quality. My figures will be both diagrams and graphs. Any suggestions or advice would be much appreciated.
Ah yes, I think that was part of it. Thanks, Eds.
This is probably obvious, but be careful of copying and pasting charts from Excel because they may be attached to your data source and if you send them to other people the link can be broken.
Apologies if I'm 'teaching my grandmother to suck eggs' ;)
As Ed says, go for PNG due to lossless compression. If you use JPG, especially at high compression, artefacts could show up as "smearing" on screen or in print.
If you can't use PNG, stick to TIFF or BMP. The files are uncompressed but other factors allowing, the images should be clean.
Also remember to avoid compression for images when you do a PDF for submission, as this will also introduce artefacts and "smearing" into any imported images.
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