SVG for Scientific Illustration

Scientists use illustrations and diagrams to communicate ideas and findings. Today, papers, posters and scientific journals appear in print and on-line. They contain charts, equations, line-art, diagrams and drawings. Use SVG for all types of scientific illustrations. It’s is the ideal format for the scientific arena.

Ensure top quality by using SVG for Scientific Drawings

SVG is the standard vector format for the Web. It’s a feature in most of today’s illustration programs. Vector graphics are ideal for sharing scientific information. Bitmap formats like PNG and JPEg are also used, but, they have limitations compared to vector graphics. They are not editable and don’t zoom without losing quality. Read more about the difference between vector and raster images.

Creating SVG for Scientific Illustrations

For original SVG art, you can use a program like Inkscape. It’s free, feature-rich and produces SVG as its native format.

For files created in other programs, convert them using pdf2picture. This program converts PDF, EPS and Adobe Illustrator vector files to SVG. It’s simple to use and works in vector or image mode. It creates SVG as well as EPS, WMF, EMF, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, and TIFF. These are basically all the formats you need for publishing today.

SVG Example – Scientific Drawing

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scientific illustration SVG Example