I have a problem with rotation of .eps files for my dissertation. Initially, I thought it was a problem during conversion of .pdf to .eps. I tried the conversion in several ways: using Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro in Windows, in Linux the following commands: inkscape input.pdf --export-eps=output.eps and pdftops -eps file.pdf. All methods give good .eps files, but when I try to rotate (90 degree rotation) them in Latex, nothing works. I used \includegraphics[width=6.0 in,angle=90], also \special{ps: gsave -90 rotate}\......\special{ps: grestore }, and some other methods but with no luck. Any solutions (Windows, Linux, Mac) will be appreciated.

  • try rotate = 90 in \includegraphics I can't remember if that is it but it is worth a try. – dustin Jun 20 '13 at 1:58
  • angle is the option @dustin is thinking of --- it's interesting that it has no effect, seemingly – Sean Allred Jun 20 '13 at 2:52
  • Also, why in the world would you convert from PDF to EPS? You can include PDFs as images. – Sean Allred Jun 20 '13 at 2:56

Make sure you have loaded the graphicx package not graphics then


should work.

Note if it is an EPS file then you need latex (and it may not show rotated in a dvi previewer) if you are using pdflatex you should convert the EPS to pdf first (or if I read your question correctly, just use the original pdf not the EPS).

  • It does not rotate the caption. Better to use rotating package. But rotating has conflict with tablefootnote. – chandresh Jul 18 '16 at 10:07
  • @chandresh the question did not ask to rotate the caption. – David Carlisle Jul 18 '16 at 10:48
  • I agree but sometimes that is inherent in the question. – chandresh Jul 20 '16 at 9:02
  • It cover the caption text after rotated eps using xelatex and graphicx. – Nick Dong Apr 27 '17 at 14:20

From the Latex Wikibooks page:

The package rotating gives you the possibility to rotate any object of an arbitrary angle. Once you have loaded it with the standard command in the preamble:


you can use three new environments:


it will rotate the whole argument by 90 degrees counterclockwise. Moreover:


it will turn the argument of 30 degrees. You can give any angle as an argument, whether it is positive or negative. It will leave the necessary space to avoid any overlapping of text.


like turn, but it will not add any extra space.

Also, note the warning:

Many DVI viewers do not support rotating of text and tables. The text will be displayed normally. You must convert your DVI file to a PDF document and view it in a PDF viewer to see the rotation in effect. Take care however that printing from those PDF files may rotate the respective page again in the same direction under certain circumstances. This behaviour can be influenced by the settings of your dvi2pdf converter, look at your manual for further information.

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    rotating is really only for the sidewaystable environment the old turn and rotate are mainly for compatibility with the old latex2.09 version of the package, they are implemented as simple wrappers around the standard \rotatebox although neither is needed for graphicx which has built in rotation support. – David Carlisle Jun 20 '13 at 8:52

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