I'm trying to embed my plot created in gnuplot. Just setting the terminal to latex works fine but only creates a black and white plot. With the color screens getting cheaper these days this isn't quite satisfying :D

The manual also mentions the possibility to use epslatex, then converting the eps file to a pdf file and include the generated latex file completely messes up the spacing between the labels on the axis and the actual graph. This happens both times, when creating a latex file for inclusion and also when creating a standalone file.

Guessing that I'm not the only one I ask myself what I am doing wrong and weather there is an easy workaround.

Messed up spacing

  • set terminal pdf is accepted
    – egreg
    Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 8:19
  • Please add a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem. Include the plot file and the commands you run. Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 8:20
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    @egreg: This would likely deny the option to use the document's fonts (I can see that you can only pre-set one font for the pdf terminal) and also to include TeX macros in labels. Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 8:23
  • @Andrey Vihrov take any plot, set the terminal to epslatex standalone and run gnuplot. Convert the eps file to pdf using eps2pdf then run pdflatex on the tex file generated.
    – Nils
    Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 8:25
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    @Nils: With my previous comment I meant that set terminal epslatex color; set output "plot.tex" and \input{plot} in the main document worked for me. But now I tested the standalone option, and it still works here. I have gnuplot 4.4. Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 8:35

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There are several tools for EPS to PDF conversion: at least ps2pdf, epspdf and epstopdf. It can be verified that the first one of these (which uses GhostScript) creates a PDF of page size (say, A4 or US Letter) and not content size, while the other two work as expected. Some internet digging shows that GhostScript accepts the -dEPSCrop option, which clips the picture to its bounding box.

So, use either of epspdf, epstopdf or ps2pdf -dEPSCrop to properly convert the picture.

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