When I convert EPS to PNG using this command

gs -dSAFER -dBATCH -dNOPAUSE -r600 -sDEVICE=pnggray -sOutputFile=%1.png "%1.eps"

I get PNG picture with large dimensions, although the bounding box in EPS is correct.

For example from EPS with header

%!PS-Adobe-3.0 EPSF-3.0
%%BoundingBox: 204 603 407 759
%%HiResBoundingBox: 204.242619 603.788607 406.691988 758.249977
%%Creator: GPL Ghostscript 864 (epswrite)
%%CreationDate: 2011/12/10 21:30:18
%%DocumentData: Clean7Bit
%%LanguageLevel: 2

I've obtained a 4958x7018 png. This would correspond to the whole A4 page and not to the bounding box.

Here's the link to png file: http://i.stack.imgur.com/i5joS.png (I did not want to put the huge monstrosity into the post) and the screenshot from gsview showing the bounding box: http://i.stack.imgur.com/BrJx3.png ; I also uploaded the EPS file to rapidshare - I am not sure what is the preferred way for sharing files here. (The file is here just for the case that the problem description is not clear enough.)

I usually draw my pictures in metapost, from which I easily get EPS and PDF - which are ideal for inclusion into my TeX documents. The reason I needed conversion to some different format was that I wanted to post the picture at math.SE. It is possible to upload pdf on imgur, but the result is very ugly.

My questions:

  • Is there a way to get PNG with dimensions corresponding to bounding box?

  • Any other suggestions for converting EPS to PNG using ghostscript? (Are there some more parameters I should have used?)

closed as off topic by Werner, Joseph Wright Dec 11 '11 at 8:21

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  • I don't think this is on-topic for this Q&A... – Werner Dec 11 '11 at 7:47
  • Just in case someone, who also tries to convert eps to png, stumbles upon this question; I will say that recently I have started using online-convert.com for this and so far I am satisfied with the results. – Martin Apr 26 '14 at 11:10

You need to also use the -dEPScrop option. From the GhostScript "How to use" page:

EPS parameters

-dEPSCrop Crop an EPS file to the bounding box. This is useful when converting an EPS file to a bitmap.

-dEPSFitPage Resize an EPS file to fit the page. This is useful for enlarging an EPS file to fit the paper size when printing.

-dNOEPS Prevent special processing of EPS files. This is useful when EPS files have incorrect Document Structuring Convention comments.

  • Thanks a lot. It worked. (I should have noticed this. I somehow concentrated only on occurrences of the word "png" in that document.) – Martin Dec 11 '11 at 7:51

try adding -dEPSCrop to gs


Why don't you try convert from Imagemagick? You're likely to find that standard on most Linux platforms. I believe there are geometry options to the conversions.

  • Thanks a lot. I work on Windows, so I would have to install Imagemagick. (But I probably should, it seems to be useful program.) But since I found out gs is capable of doing this, I wanted to try this possibility, too. – Martin Dec 11 '11 at 7:49
  • Then use the cygwin Imagemagick setup, it's easier to manage and setup. – Sivaram Dec 11 '11 at 8:06

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