GraphPad Prism 8 User Guide

Including pictures and other objects

Including pictures and other objects

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Including pictures and other objects

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Pasting or importing images

You can paste or import picture onto a Prism graph or layout.


Windows only: When you paste an object created by a program that is an OLE server, Prism will embed the object. This means that Prism contains a separate copy of the object, so you can double click to edit in the original program. This is great, for example, with equations.  In some cases, you may prefer to paste link to the original file. To do that, copy the object and then choose Paste Special from the Edit menu. Then choose Paste Link. To learn more about the pros and cons of linking and embedding, see Object linking and embedding. You can also use the Insert Object command to create a new OLE object.


Formats Prism can paste or import

Prism Windows can import:


Windows Enhanced Metafile (*.emf)
Windows Metafile (*.wmf)
TIFF (*.tif;*.tiff; bot extensions are used for exactly the same file type)
JPEG (*.jpg;*.jp2;*.j2k;*.jpx)
Portable Network Graphics (*.png;*.mng)
Windows Bitmap (*.bmp)
Graphics Interchange Format (*.gif)
PC PaintBrush (*.pcx)
TruvisionTarga Format (*.tga)
Microsoft Paint Format (*.msp)
PhotoShop 3.0 Format (*.psd)
Windows Icon and Cursor Formats (*.ico)

Portable document format (*.pdf)


Prism Mac can import:


TIFF (*.tif;*.tiff)

Windows Bitmap (*.bmp)

JPEG (*.jpg;*.jp2;*.j2k;*.jpx)

Macintosh Pict (*.pct;*.pict)

Portable Network Graphics (*.png)

Portable document format (*.pdf)


If your image uses a 16 bit color model (millions of colors), Prism (Windows and Mac) stores the image as such and does not simplify it.


Editing the picture in Prism

To resize: Grab a corner and drag larger or smaller.

To add a border or crop: Click once to select the image or object in Prism. Then drop the Change menu and choose Selected Object. You can also double-click on the object.

Problems with windows/mac compatibility

We try to keep Windows and Mac completely compatible. Since version 7, Prism Windows keeps a copy of each image in a Windows  format (EMF, WMF) also in pdf for Prism Mac to use. Prism files created with older versions of Prism Windows may lose pasted/imported images when opened on Prism Mac.