[R] export graphics for editing in Illustrator

Paul Hiemstra p.hiemstra at geo.uu.nl
Tue Feb 23 14:00:09 CET 2010

Ivan Calandra wrote:
> Dear R users,
> I would like to edit my graphics in Illustrator. I know that I can set 
> up almost every graph parameter in R, but the time I will spend 
> searching for the correct settings might not be worth since I'm quite 
> used to Illustrator and since I will in any case use Illustrator to 
> prepare for publication.
> Up to now, I've used savePlot() with type=("eps") but I'm unable to 
> dissociate every part of the plot in Illustrator.
> Is there a better way to do it? Another function, another package, or 
> a completely different approach? I'm of course open to all suggestions.
> For info, I run R2.10 on Windows XP
> Thanks in advance
> Ivan
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I mostly use pdf to store my results from R. In R code it would look like:

plot commands...

I can read these pds into Inkscape (opensource vector drawing program) 
and edit all the indvidual lines and such. I can imagine Illustrator 
should also be able to read these pdfs.


Drs. Paul Hiemstra
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