This is one of those tips that seems almost too easy to be true.
My resume and cover letters are written in LaTeX. LaTeX is a typesetting system often used for creating technical documents as it is particularly good at creating complex documents including scientific equations. I have been using it for a few years to draft documents both because it gives me a lot of control over the output and so that I could prepare myself for working with technical documents such as patents which are likely be written in LaTeX.
I wanted to include my signature in a cover letter. In order to do so in LaTeX, it required a graphic in
.eps format. However, my signature was a
.png image. I searched for awhile until I came across the answer which was so simple I felt silly for not knowing it.
I thought it may prove useful to someone else. This is a command line trick, so if you are not familiar with a terminal, this tip will not be of much help. Without further adieu:
Simply use the
convert command line utility to convert it.
$ convert image.png image.eps
Yes, it was that easy! Out came a perfect
.eps file which I was able to use in my LaTeX document. The
convert command has all sorts of other options for resizing and many other things, but for simply doing a straight conversion, that was all!
Worth noting, while this worked for
.eps, it also works for
.eps. Have not tested anything else, but it appears to be pretty versatile!