Frequently Asked Question List for TeX
Dvips, as originally conceived, can only import a single
encapsulated PostScript (
Dvips also deals with the slightly eccentric EPS that is
created by MetaPost.
Apart from the fact that a depressing proportion of drawing applications produce corrupt EPS when asked for such output, this is pretty satisfactory for vector graphics work.
To include bitmap graphics, you need some means of converting them to
PostScript; in fact many standard image manipulators (such as
convert) make a good job of
creating EPS files (but be sure to ask for output at PostScript
level 2 or higher). (
Unix users should beware of
xvs claims: it has a tendency to downsample your bitmap to
your screen resolution.)
Special purpose applications
jpeg2ps (which converts
JPEG files using PostScript level 2 functionality),
bmeps (which converts both JPEG and PNG
sam2p (which convert a
bewildering array of bitmap formats to EPS or PDF files;
sam2p is one of the engines that
are also considered “good bets”.
Bmeps comes with patches to produce your own version of
dvips that can cope with JPEG and PNG direct,
bmepss conversion library.
distributed by MiKTeX, comes with those patches built-in, but
assuming that capability destroys portability, and is only
recommendable if you are sure you will never want to share your
FAQ ID: Q-dvipsgraphics