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Excel Graphs

Publications usually require you to submit high resolution (300dpi and higher) .tiff image files.

Simply copying and pasting from Excel into a graphic application (such as Adobe Photoshop) usually results in low quality, blurry images which are not suitable for printing.

To preserve the sharpness and quality of the graphs, try the following:

  • Even though your monitor may usually be set at 1024x768 screen resolution, increase it to the highest possible.
    The maximum resolution depends on your monitor brand, size and quality.
    To change your monitor resolution, right-click on your desktop, choose Properties » Settings, and drag the screen resolution slider.

  • Resize your graph to fill the entire screen.

  • On a PC, press Alt+Print Screen to capture an image of your Excel chart.
    This brings your image to the clipboard.

  • Paste it into a graphics program such as Photoshop.

  • In Photoshop, check the image resolution to make sure it's 300dpi. Go to Image » Image Size.

    A screenshot of Photoshop image size window with resolution information highlighted

  • Crop if needed and save it as a .tiff file.



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