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I have a problem with corrupted eps figures. It is maybe the same kind of problem in this question asked 2 years ago, which did not find an answer :

Corrupted eps figures - Tikz externalizes EPS figures correctly but Photoshop does not open them

Indeed, as same as presented in this previous topic, I send eps figures to an editor who answers me they are corrupted. I don't know the reason at all, and I can open my eps figures without any problem. So, where is the problem ?

I make my figures with a Latex file called fig.tex, using gnuplottex :

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{gnuplottex}
\usepackage{amsmath,amssymb}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\pagestyle{empty}

\begin{document}

\begin{figure}\label{fig_U1}
\begin{gnuplot}[scale=1.0]

set terminal epslatex color 
set output "fig_U1.tex"
set style data linespoints
set key top center 
set style line 1 lt 1 lc rgb "red" lw 2
set style line 2 dt 3 lc rgb "red" lw 4
set style line 3 lt 1 lc rgb "green" lw 2
set style line 4 dt 3 lc rgb "green" lw 4
set style line 5 lt 1 lc rgb "dark-yellow" lw 2
set style line 6 dt 3 lc rgb "dark-yellow" lw 4
set style line 7 lt 1 lc rgb "dark-violet" lw 2
set style line 8 dt 3 lc rgb "dark-violet" lw 4
set style line 9 lt 1 lc rgb "blue" lw 2
set style line 10 dt 3 lc rgb "blue" lw 4
set style line 11 lt 1 lc rgb "dark-orange" lw 2
set style line 12 dt 3 lc rgb "dark-orange" lw 4
set style line 13 lt 1 lc rgb "black" lw 2
set style line 14 dt 3 lc rgb "black" lw 4
set style line 15 lt 1 lc rgb "purple" lw 2
set style line 16 dt 3 lc rgb "purple" lw 4
set style line 17 lt 1 lc rgb "#483D8B" lw 2
set style line 18 dt 3 lc rgb "#483D8B" lw 4

unset arrow
set ylabel "impurity correlation energy / $U$" font "Helvetica,22"
set title "$U$ = 1" font "Helvetica,25"

plot 3*x*x with lines ls 7 title "exact 1";
\end{gnuplot}
\end{figure}

\begin{figure}\label{fig_U10}
\begin{gnuplot}[scale=1.0]
set terminal epslatex color 
set output "fig_U10.tex"
set style data linespoints
set key top center 
set style line 1 lt 1 lc rgb "red" lw 2
set style line 2 dt 3 lc rgb "red" lw 4
set style line 3 lt 1 lc rgb "green" lw 2
set style line 4 dt 3 lc rgb "green" lw 4
set style line 5 lt 1 lc rgb "dark-yellow" lw 2
set style line 6 dt 3 lc rgb "dark-yellow" lw 4
set style line 7 lt 1 lc rgb "dark-violet" lw 2
set style line 8 dt 3 lc rgb "dark-violet" lw 4
set style line 9 lt 1 lc rgb "blue" lw 2
set style line 10 dt 3 lc rgb "blue" lw 4
set style line 11 lt 1 lc rgb "dark-orange" lw 2
set style line 12 dt 3 lc rgb "dark-orange" lw 4
set style line 13 lt 1 lc rgb "black" lw 2
set style line 14 dt 3 lc rgb "black" lw 4
set style line 15 lt 1 lc rgb "purple" lw 2
set style line 16 dt 3 lc rgb "purple" lw 4
set style line 17 lt 1 lc rgb "#483D8B" lw 2
set style line 18 dt 3 lc rgb "#483D8B" lw 4

unset arrow
set ylabel "impurity correlation energy / $U$" font "Helvetica,22"
set title "$U$ = 10" font "Helvetica,25"

plot x with lines ls 9 title "exact 2";
\end{gnuplot}
\end{figure}

\begin{figure}\label{fig_U100}
\begin{gnuplot}[scale=1.0]

set terminal epslatex color 
set output "fig_U100.tex"
set style data linespoints
set key top center 
set style line 1 lt 1 lc rgb "red" lw 2
set style line 2 dt 3 lc rgb "red" lw 4
set style line 3 lt 1 lc rgb "green" lw 2
set style line 4 dt 3 lc rgb "green" lw 4
set style line 5 lt 1 lc rgb "dark-yellow" lw 2
set style line 6 dt 3 lc rgb "dark-yellow" lw 4
set style line 7 lt 1 lc rgb "dark-violet" lw 2
set style line 8 dt 3 lc rgb "dark-violet" lw 4
set style line 9 lt 1 lc rgb "blue" lw 2
set style line 10 dt 3 lc rgb "blue" lw 4
set style line 11 lt 1 lc rgb "dark-orange" lw 2
set style line 12 dt 3 lc rgb "dark-orange" lw 4
set style line 13 lt 1 lc rgb "black" lw 2
set style line 14 dt 3 lc rgb "black" lw 4
set style line 15 lt 1 lc rgb "purple" lw 2
set style line 16 dt 3 lc rgb "purple" lw 4
set style line 17 lt 1 lc rgb "#483D8B" lw 2
set style line 18 dt 3 lc rgb "#483D8B" lw 4

unset arrow
set xlabel '$N$'  font "Helvetica,28"
set ylabel "impurity correlation energy / $U$" font "Helvetica,22"
set title "$U$ = 100" font "Helvetica,25"

plot 2*x with lines ls 11 title "exact 3";

\end{gnuplot}
\end{figure}
\end{document}

This file is included in a script called fig-tex.sh :

latex fig.tex
latex fig.tex

gnuplot fig-gnuplottex-fig1.gnuplot
gnuplot fig-gnuplottex-fig2.gnuplot
gnuplot fig-gnuplottex-fig3.gnuplot

echo "\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\begin{document}
\pagenumbering{gobble}
\clearpage
\thispagestyle{empty}
\begin{figure}
\begin{center}
\scalebox{0.7}{\input{fig_U1.tex}}
\scalebox{0.7}{\input{fig_U10.tex}}
\scalebox{0.7}{\input{fig_U100.tex}}
\end{center}
\end{figure}
\end{document}" > final-fig.tex

pdflatex final-fig.tex

Such that it creates my final-fig.pdf figure. Then, I use :

$> pdf2ps final-fig.pdf
$> ps2eps final-fig.ps

to generate my final-fig.eps

Does anyone see something wrong, or an improvement that could explain why editors say these figures are corrupted ?

  • I don't think you are using the gnuplottex package correctly. The command set output "fig_U1.tex" generates the following error on my machine: ! Output loop---100 consecutive dead cycles. – Ian Thompson Apr 25 '16 at 21:59
  • Yes, I don't know why but this error appears when I plot only one figure. If I have more figure in my .tex file, this error does not appear. But you can force it and it will still work. I will edit my question so that this error should not appear again. – B_runo Apr 29 '16 at 13:53
  • 1
    It's not clear what's going on here, but on my machine the process goes wrong at the pdf2ps stage. You could try using pdftops instead, but I would recommend avoiding going from pdf to ps, so use latex final-fig dvips final-fig and then ps2eps --ignoreBB final-fig.ps. – Ian Thompson Apr 29 '16 at 15:09
  • Ok. For me pdf2ps works so I don't know where is the issue here. But concerning your comment, do you think the corruption can be due to going from pdf to ps ? In that case, thank you for your last suggestion with dvips. I can't see if this lead to corrupted figures or not, because I don't have any connection with the editor anymore, for the moment. – B_runo May 2 '16 at 11:49
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    Yes, I'd say that conversion from pdf to ps is the most likely culprit, but it's impossible to be sure without seeing what happens on the editor's computer. – Ian Thompson May 3 '16 at 10:16

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