I have made quite a few figures for my thesis in LaTeX. I now want to export about five of those figures as .png with a clear background, so I can use them in my PowerPoint presentation. I'm using TexStudio with MikTex. I've found some old posts about this (TeX to image over command line, How can I create a transparent background in a logo?, how to remove the background for png picture, Making an image with a transparent background), but none seem to answer my question.

Example figure:

\documentclass[11pt, twoside, a4paper]{report}
\usepackage[inner = 30mm, outer = 20mm,  top = 30mm, bottom = 20mm, headheight = 13.6pt]{geometry}
\hypersetup{colorlinks=true, linktoc=all, allcolors=green!30!black,}

    %made the beginnings of a second axis style, because I figured it needs to be different for grouped
    my second axis style/.style={
    bar width=0.2, %<- changed
    enlarge x limits={abs=0.45},    % <-- changed to absolute coordinates
    legend style={
        at={(0.5,1.15)},    % <-- adapted
        anchor=north,       % <-- changed from `north'
        legend columns=3,
    axis lines*=left,
    % created a style for the common `ybar' options
    my second ybar style/.style={
        my ybar legend,            % <-- change legend image accordingly
        fill=white!70!black,, %<- changed back
        nodes near coords,      % <-- moved from `axis' options here
        % state absolute positions for the `nodes near coords'
        node near coords style={
            % state where the nodes should appear
            at={(\pgfkeysvalueof{/data point/x},0.5*\pgfkeysvalueof{/data point/y})},
            anchor=center,rotate=90, %<-added
            % make the font a bit smaller
            /pgf/number format/.cd,
    my ybar legend/.style={
        /pgfplots/legend image code/.code={
            \draw [
            ] (0cm,0cm) rectangle (3pt,0.8em);

%data for the grouped bar chart
    x          SP_cSi_2_3   SP_cSi_2_4  Reference
    1   0.500   0.627   0.868
    2   0.781   0.778   0.859
    3   0.819   0.868   0.871
    4   0.732   0.824   0.876
    5   0.853   0.873   0.954
    6    0.813   0.838   0.940
    7    0.712   0.759   0.876
    8    0.864   0.894   0.887
    9    0.465   0.614   0.891


        \begin{axis}[my second axis style,
        xtick= data,
        \addplot [my second ybar style=blue!50!black,] table [y=SP_cSi_2_3] {\loadedtablesppr};
        \addplot [my second ybar style=orange!50!black,] table [y=SP_cSi_2_4] {\loadedtablesppr};
        \addplot [my second ybar style=red!50!black,] table [y=Reference] {\loadedtablesppr};
        \legend{Floating 2.3~~ , Floating 2.4~~ , Reference}


Is there a command like \savefig{'my_export_image.png', clear = True}?

  • 1
    You could simply compile the pictures in a standalone document. – user121799 Aug 1 '18 at 14:52
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    why don't you create your presentation with beamer? that way, you don't need to convert your tikzcodes. – naphaneal Aug 1 '18 at 14:52
  • 5
    Switch the Uni ;-) – user121799 Aug 1 '18 at 14:59
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    have you checked this question? tex.stackexchange.com/questions/13349/tikz-to-non-pdf – naphaneal Aug 1 '18 at 15:09
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    @samcarter Since mixtex was mentioned, I assume the OP uses windows. I doubt that sips is available there (but I could be wrong). But GraphicsMagick exist as a precompiled package for Windows. A good starting point looks like gm convert -transparent white file.pdf file.png. Then you'd probably need to add -density somenumber to get the right resolution. gm help convert gets the options. – Harald Hanche-Olsen Aug 1 '18 at 16:16

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