I would like to use the .pdf_tex option for my SVG images exported from Inkscape because it's an amazing feature but it doesn't work as intended.

What I do:

  1. Export image from Inkscape

  2. Integrate into TeX by

  3. Compile


In the PDF

enter image description here

My original SVG:

enter image description here

So thats not what I expected. Can you help me to get it tidy and neat?

So I fixed it partly by using


to scale text and image together but I still got a problem with the xlabel of the graph because the numbers are moved into the graph and also the legend is moved a little upward.

New result

enter image description here

I uploaded my original svg-file here


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  • Thank you for your advice although it doesn't solve my problem entirely.
    – hcl734
    Jan 10, 2016 at 10:27
  • The pdf is included a bit too far down, as you have noticed. Workaround: change the corresponding line in the pdf_tex file to \put(0,0.007){\includegraphics[width=\unitlength]{N1N2N3.pdf}}% (around line 50). However, if you are not using any LaTeX code in your graphs, maybe exporting to eps is easier?
    – Marijn
    Jan 10, 2016 at 23:48
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    One main reason to use this feature is that text should be consistent with the font type and font size of the rest of the document. So, if you use this feature, it is up to you take care that the final image size is consistent with that font size ... and not the opposite. The "scalable" nature of Inkscape do not favor take care of real size of the SVG graph and their labels, but this is best approach, i.e, ensure that the original plot is made according to its final size, avoiding any scaling, and that text in Inkscape is really of similar dimensions to the TeX font.
    – Fran
    Dec 1, 2018 at 19:48
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    \includesvg apparently treats text in your figure independently, so that it is rendered by LATEX by default. Probably the best way to solve this is to change the option inkscapelatex to false. See this answer.
    – clel
    Jul 13, 2021 at 10:01

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Selecting a smaller font size should probably improve the result. Unfortunately the external link to the .svg file is death, so I can just guess a value


Alternatively you could increase the font size in the original .svg (or whatever program you used to produce the graph).

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