A good research paper usually comes with amazing figures to show the readers the methodology, architectures, and results. It is a common sense that a beautiful and meaningfully figure worth a thousand words and mathematic equations.
Here is my approach.
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (or any similar software, such as Google slides and WPS );
- Adobe Reader DC ( or Acrobat DC if you paid the money :D);
- GSview ;
- Design the Original Figure: make sure you fully understand the requirements of the publication, such as the minimum font size, the figure size, and resolutions. Use PowerPoint or any software to design the figure with the exact size you need for the paper.
- Save as PDF: Besides the original file, use ‘save as’ to get a pdf version of your images.This is the most convenient way to show your work before any further move. You could send it to your boss or you colleagues to get some comments. After you finalize the figure, save it as a pdf. If you like to insert pdf into the latex, then all the job is done, just pay attention to the compile commands of the latex.
- Convert PDF to EPS: eps is the most used format for publications. If you have Acrobat DC you could just save it as ‘eps’. But this software is not free. A shortcut for this is to use GSview to open the pdf file, then select File->Convert, select epswrite, and set the resolution, then click Ok to save the converted file with a ‘.eps’ extension. Then you could compile the eps file in your latex works.
PS: If you are using CTEX, you could find the GSview in the path like “C:\CTEX\GSview\gsview\gsview32.exe“.
Reference: How to convert PDF to EPS?