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Exporting Plots

What is the image resolution for the various file formats?

  • Version 4.5
  • All of the formats can be exported at a maximum resolution of 1400 dpi (Mac) and 800 dpi (Windows).
  • Version 4.1 and earlier
  • PICT – 600 dpi (with High Resolution on)
  • Metafile – 300 dpi (with High Resolution on)
  • TIFF – 288 dpi (with High Resolution on) – can reach 576 dpi by turning off High Resolution and setting the Scale by field to 800%.
  • Windows BMP, GIF, JPG, and PNG – 72 dpi (can be increased to 288 dpi by scaling to 400% and reducing back down by 25% once it is imported into another program).


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Will the transparent background be saved when exporting an image?

If the plot has been assigned a transparent background, this will be maintained if you copy the plot to the Clipboard or export it in a PICT or Metafile format. However if you save it in one of the other formats, the transparent background will be lost.


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Why are my fill patterns being lost when exporting or printing images?

If the plot contains objects with fill patterns, exporting the plots at high resolution may cause the fill patterns to lose their patterns and appear to be a solid color. This is because the method of achieving the higher resolution images involves scaling the images up in size, but the fill patterns cannot be scaled in the same manner.

The best workaround is to assign a solid fill to the objects and use different colors or shades of gray. These will behave much more predictably when exporting the plots at high resolution. If you would need more color choices, you can use the Edit Colors command (Object menu) to edit the color palette.


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Transparent background is lost after pasting into PowerPoint.

  • After pasting, double-click the plot.
  • Click the arrow next to the Color icon in the ribbon and choose Set Transparent Color.
  • Move the cursor into the plot and click a white area of the plot.

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    I am going to use my graphs in Adobe Photoshop. How do I export them?

    If the graphs will be imported into a high resolution graphics package like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, export them as high resolution TIFF files (available in v3.6 or later) or in an EPS format.


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    An error occurred during the export of this image.

    Check any lines that you created using the Line/Arrow tool. One or more of them may actually be an arrow instead of a line. If you double-click it and the Edit Arrowhead dialog appears, it is an arrow. To convert it to a line, click the line segment that you created in the plot, click and hold the mouse down on the Line/Arrow tool, and select the first item in the pop-up menu (the normal line segment).


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    How do I improve the resolution of my exported images?

    • Version 4.5
    • If copying the plot, make sure you are using Copy Graph and not Copy Selection. The Copy Selection command will yield a 72 dpi image whereas the Copy Graph command can give up to 1400 dpi (Mac) or 800 dpi (Windows) when printed.
    • You can also specify the resolution when exporting the image in a specific format (GIF, JPEG, TIFF, etc.
    • Version 4.1 and earlier
    • If copying the plot, make sure you are using Copy Graph and not Copy Selection. The Copy Selection command will yield a 72 dpi image whereas the Copy Graph command (with Postscript PICT (Mac) or High Resolution on) will give 300 dpi or more when printed.
    • Scale the image up by 400% when exporting the image and reduce it back down by 25% once it is imported. This process of scaling it up and reducing it builds resolution into the image.
    • Try exporting in a different file format. Increase the Scale Result By field to increase the resolution.


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    I am going to use my graphs on the web. How do I export them?

    If the graphs will be used on the web, export them in a GIF or JPEG format.


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    How can I increase the line thicknesses in my exported plots?

    You can increase the default thickness values in the Axis Options and Plot Options dialogs. A good starting point would be to set these to 200%. This will prevent the ticks, grids, lines, and markers from becoming very faint or disappearing altogether. The Line Thickness setting in Plot Options will make variable lines, curve fit lines, and error bars thicker. The Marker Thickness field in Plot Options will make the markers thicker.


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    How do I make my plot a specific size?

    If the plot needs to be a specific size, it would be best to use the Set Plot Size dialog to set the plot to the desired size. If that would make editing the plot too difficult, work in a multiple of the final size (for example, twice as large as the final size). This will help prevent problems that could occur when resizing plots in another program.


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    Is there an option to export plots as CMYK?

    Version 4.5 provides an option to export TIFF images using a CMYK color table. Other image types and images from earlier versions can only be exported in an RGB color table.


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    I get an error about the disk being locked or full when trying to save. Why?

  • There could be a problem with one of the fonts. Open the Font Book app and look for duplicate or disabled fonts.
  • The permissions on the directory could be set to Read-only.

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    When I export my plot into another program and resize it, I have problems with the subscripts and superscripts. Why?

    Export the plot from KaleidaGraph at the desired size so that KaleidaGraph performs the resizing and not the destination application. Either use the Set Plot Size command to change the size or use the Fix Size option when exporting.


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