Creating LaTeX figures with Inkscape

December 17, 2018
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Updated 2019-07-15

Motivation

Just to remember the (good?) days when I was TA at college.

Supply-demand classic figure

For example, consider this classic supply-demand chart (right-click on the image to download the editable svg):

Example 1: Upper-scripts made with inkscape options.

Example 1: Upper-scripts made with inkscape options.

If you’d like to include it in a LaTeX document or presentation you can write the tex formulas in the figure, like this:

Example 2: Upper-scripts made with LaTeX formulas in inkscape.

Example 2: Upper-scripts made with LaTeX formulas in inkscape.

You can save the figure as svg and pdf with this options enabled (don’t forget to keep an svg copy):

PDF exporting options.

PDF exporting options.

Finally you can create a pdf like this:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{xcolor}
\usepackage{transparent}
\usepackage{import}

\begin{document}

\begin{figure}[h]
    \centering
    \input{example2.pdf_tex}
    \caption{Supply and demand.}
\end{figure}

\end{document}

Check the result here.

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