I am using OriginLab to create my graphs for my lab report. For that I would like to add the chemical structure of the organic compound I am analyzing, e.g. Benzene, Benzaldehyde, ...

So basically I am creating the graphs in Origin which works fine and which I can export as EPS (I coulduse another format, but I would like to use a vector grahpic format for keeping the best resultion). Origin only provides (from what I understand) EPS and PDF. PDF seems to hide the atom labels (such as H) and EPS does not show the structures at all.

I have tried importing the structures as images, embedding the strucutres directly as as .cdxml (ChemDraw native format) and export the graph in Origin as PDF and EPS.

I think the problem lies within the EPS settings or sth to do with EPS that it does not show the graphics.

Benzene Structure I would like to add

What it looks like in Overleaf / TeXStudio / IrfanView:

enter image description here

My MWE for embeddig the graphics in LaTeX:



    \caption{Benzol Absorbanz}
    \label{fig:Benzol Absorbanz}

  • The only temporary solution I found is to export it as a .png and then include it into the .tex which is far from optimal because I would like to only have vector graphics. Nov 21, 2020 at 20:20
  • I am not familiar with originlab but are you able to export it to a PDF file? If yes, you will have the desired vector graphics quality.
    – Diaa
    Nov 21, 2020 at 20:41
  • No pdf does not work either because the H-Atoms on my structure and my axis label seem to disappear when I use PDF. So tried all sorts of embedding the font and using other fonts but that did not seem to work as wanted. I found a way around it now. I export the graph as EPS and then add my structure on top in a vector graphic editing software (such as Inkscape). That works fine for me but is quite a inconvenience. Nov 22, 2020 at 11:49

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So for anyone looking for an answer to this.

I have found that the easiest way is actually not to try doing everything in one programme but rather use other programmes to get you there

What I mean by that is the fact, that is a lot easier if you just export either as EPS or PDF (even without the box) and just use a vector graphic editing software such as InkScape, which makes the whole process a lot easier and manageable.

You can get InkScape for FREE here.

So don't try to stick everything together in Origin necessarily, but rather use InkScape to add the individual parts together (a programme which is specifically designed for this purpose).

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