Illustration and Figures

Our figure experts are published researchers who are highly skilled in the creation of scientific and academic figures. Whether you have existing figure files that need to comply with journal guidelines, or you want to create brand new illustrations, graphical abstracts, or short animations, we can help!

Figure Services

Figure Formatting

Our Figure Formatting service generates publication-ready figures from your files that conform to your chosen journal’s specifications. This includes changes to file type, resolution, color space, font, scale, line weights, and layout (to improve readability and professional appearance).

To use this service, simply assemble your figures in Microsoft PowerPoint or Word (copy-pasting in your Excel graphs) and upload this file along with the name of the journal that you are submitting your manuscript to. We take care of the rest! Of course, we also accept many other file formats. After your figures have been formatted, you can ask an unlimited number of questions about the work we have completed.

Price: $70 per figure, regardless of the number of panels, graphs, or images it contains


Present your data clearly with properly formatted tables that adhere to your target journal’s guidelines. Let our team of scientifically-trained illustrators handle the layout, font, spacing, borders, and shading of your tables to accurately and efficiently communicate your results.

Price: $30 per table

Custom Illustration and Graphing

In addition to formatting your existing figures, we can also assist you by generating original illustrations based on sketches, re-drawing low-resolution diagrams and flowcharts to generate publication quality figures, or creating graphs from data tables. Our illustrators work directly with authors to help you turn your ideas and data into figures that will help you communicate your research to the world, be it in print, posters, or presentations. After your order has been formatted, you can ask an unlimited number of questions about the work we have completed.

Price: Due to the unique nature of this service, pricing will vary based on the project.

Request a Quote Form

Interested in the Custom Illustration and Graphing service? Contact us using the form below to get started.

Our Guarantee

Our Guarantee

We guarantee that the formatted figures and tables that you receive will meet the stated specifications of the journal that you selected. If the journal does have any issues with the preparation of your figures or tables, we will resolve those issues for free. In addition, if you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the appearance of your formatted figures, we will work with you until you are happy with the presentation of your data.

Our Illustration & Graphing Service provides you with original illustrations, graphs, and diagrams based on your ideas. This process is inherently iterative, and we guarantee to continue to adjust the illustration, graph, or diagram until you are happy with the presentation of your data or ideas.

Please contact us if there are any problems with your figure or table. If a journal mentions a problem with the formatting of your figures or tables, please include the files that you sent to the journal and all the comments from the journal.

Frequently Asked Questions

What file types do you accept for figure formatting?

We are currently able to process the following file types:

  • Any standard graphic format, such as .tif, .jpg, .png, .bmp, or .gif
  • .doc, .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • .odt (OpenOffice Writer)
  • .ppt, .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint)
  • .odp (OpenOffice Impress)
  • .xls, .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)
  • .ods (OpenOffice Calc)
  • .opj (Origin)
  • .cdr (CorelDRAW)
  • .ai, .ait (Adobe Illustrator)
  • .psd, .pdd (Adobe Photoshop)
  • .eps (various programs)

File types that are not on this list should be exported as .eps or .pdf files. If you use alternative software, we can also advise you on the best procedure to export figures in one of our recommended file types.

Can you format my tables?

We do format tables through our Table Formatting service.

How will you format images, such as photographs and micrographs?

In order to generate top-quality figures, images that are included within a figure should also be sent independently in the highest available resolution file. For ethical reasons, we are unable to make changes to brightness, contrast, or color balance, and we will not crop the image.

How will I review my formatted figures when they are returned in a new file type?

Many journals require figures to be submitted as .eps files, which you may not be able to open using your current software. Thus, in addition to any submission-ready files, we will also send .tif versions of your new figures for you to review.

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