1.267 FAQ-1084 Why is the exported 3D vector graph not editable?

Last Update: 3/25/2021

Origin employs OpenGL to enhance performance and quality of 3D graph by default. However, 3D OpenGL graphs CANNOT be exported as a "real" vector graph. If you use Copy Page to copy a 3D OpenGL graph from Origin to other application, such as Word, you will find the exported graph get blurred when you enlarge the graph. If you export the 3D graph to a vecotr format, such as EPS format, the exported graph cannot be editted in Photoshop or Illustrator.

  • For demonstration purpose,
We always recommend exporting the 3D OpenGL graphs with a high resolution (600 or higher) for a good display quality. If your graph contains large data points, refer to this page to keep the good quality but a smaller file size.
  • If you really want to export the graph as vector format,
Follow the steps in Turn off OpenGL section of this page to turn off OpenGL settings, and then export again.
Keep in mind that once you turn off OpenGL, the graph may look very different and some feature only supported in OpenGL version (lighting effect for example) are lost.



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