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Making Illustrations with Mathematica

This page describes the nuts and bolts of using Mathematica graphics in other settings. To learn more about using Mathematica itself, consult the references on the computer algebra page.

Illustrations for Papers

The basic strategy for using Mathematica output in papers (or posters, transparencies, etc.) is to save the image as a PostScript file. There are a number of ways to do this.

Illustrations for Electronic Media

Once you have a PostScript file, you have lots of options. For one thing, this is an area of considerable expertise at the Geometry Center, so start by consulting with the staff. However, to get some idea of the basics, consult the pages on Working with Images or the Graphics Resources section of the Center software overview.

Importing Images into Geomview

A good thing to keep in mind is that Mathematica 3D graphics output can be displayed with Geomview. This allows the user to use Geomview to position and render the object with Geomview, which in general gives higher quality results.

To use Geomview with Mathematica, begin by issuing the command


in Mathematica. This tells Mathematica to send its graphics output to Geomview. Then use Mathematica as usual to generate your image. It will automatically start Geomview, and display the image there.

The is a great deal of additional information about Geomview and Making Illustrations with Geomview online.

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