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Topic: vector-based transparent image
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Oliver Woodford

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Re: vector-based transparent image
Posted: Nov 19, 2013 5:27 AM
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"Ross Anderson" wrote:
> I'm trying to add an alphadata property to some data and save a vector-based (as opposed to bitmap) image. I can't find any way to do it at the moment, but I supposed that someone has by now found a way around this matlab flaw, so I thought I'd ask. I read elsewhere that plot2svg was a workaround, but it's not working for me for images. An example:
> p = peaks(20);
> r =rand(20);
> h = imagesc(p);
> set(h,'alphadata', r);
> plot2svg('testtransparency.svg'); %claims to offer vector-based transparency, doesn't work here
> export_fig('testtransparency.pdf'); %nope
> print -painters -depsc2 testtransparency.eps %transparency not supported
> export_fig('testtransparency.png'); %not vector-based

I don't know of any readily available function that can do this. But there are two potential workarounds that I can see.
1) Save as a png with transparency using export_fig and the -transparent option, then embed this bitmap in a pdf/eps using some other software, or simply writing out the eps file from within MATLAB. E.g. Save as png using export_fig; write out eps with image embedded in it; convert eps to pdf using eps2pdf (which comes with export_fig).
2) If you don't need the resulting pdf to be transparent itself, then you can avoid using the alphadata property of the image by compositing the transparency programmatically, e.g. as mentioned here:
Then all the normal pdf export methods should work fine.


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