I'm using the vowel package and the charts look "pixelated", like this: "pixelated" vowel chart The charts here look perfectly fine to me, but when I generate the manual by copying the source code from here, I get the same thing: same thing when I generate the manual Here's my MWE:


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The vowel package does produce very pixelated diagrams, and as far as I know there's no way to use the package and avoid this. To illustrate this, I zoomed in on the diagram on p. 1 of the documentation: enter image description here

Instead of using vowel, I recommend using tikz, a powerful graphics package with extensive documentation and a supportive community of users on this site. Here's an example for the basic vowel chart:




\coordinate (hf) at (0,3); % the high front vertex
\coordinate (hb) at (4,3); % the high back vertex
\coordinate (lb) at (4,0); % the low back vertex
\coordinate (lf) at (2,0); % the low front vertex

\draw (hf) -- (hb) -- (lb) -- (lf) -- cycle; % draws the trapezoid

\draw ($(hf)!1/3!(lf)$) -- ($(hb)!1/3!(lb)$); % the high-mid line
\draw ($(hf)!2/3!(lf)$) -- ($(hb)!2/3!(lb)$); % the low-mid line
\draw ($(hf)!0.5!(hb)$) -- ($(lf)!0.5!(lb)$); % the center line


enter image description here

The resulting image is much less pixelated than the one made with vowel:

enter image description here

For discussion of how to place vowels on this chart, see TikZ/PGF linguistics vowel chart.

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    Unfortunately vowel doesn't use picture mode, so it can't benefit from pict2e.
    – egreg
    Jul 31, 2015 at 13:03

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