# How to use \graphicspath + epstopdf OR \graphicspath + latex => ps => pdf [closed]

Background: I am using MikTek and TeXnicCenter. Since I am using Windows, I have to deal with folders whose names have spaces, such as `C:/Documents and Settings/...` and I use `\usepackage[space]{grffile}` to deal with this problem.

Problem: I saved a bunch of EPS figures in a folder and I use the `\graphicspath` to specify that folder in my LaTeX document. I tried to things to get a PDF with pictures:

1. If I use the package `epstopdf` then it doesn´t know that it must save the PDF version of the figure in that folder, and it just complains that it cannot find the figure. It ends up producing a PDF file without pictures.

2. If I use LaTeX => PS => PDF compilation, then it complains it cannot find the figure, but shows it anyway (!?). The problem is that it displays the picture in a chaotic manner. puts all the pictures I try to load in the first page. (this is a document with several pages, and pictures).

Attempted solutions:

1. If I write a short LaTeX file in my pictures folder with the `epstopdf` package, then it saves a PDF version of my pictures in that folder. Later, when I try to compile the document I am trying to produce, it works just fine. But that is a hassle...
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## closed as too localized by egreg, Joseph Wright♦Jan 7 '12 at 21:20

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Please provide more detail as to what you use for `\graphicspath` in your document preamble. For example, what type of images do you have (`JPEG`, `PNG`, `EPS`, `PDF`, ...)? –  Werner Aug 30 '11 at 7:14
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It's normally not a good idea to use absolute paths for external files, either on Windows or elsewhere. `\graphicspath` is best used for subdirectories of the one containing the main `.tex` file, which can be done in a relative sense, while for other cases `TEXINPUTS` can be used. –  Joseph Wright Dec 10 '11 at 9:40