In my field of study (Physics), we mainly use EPS/PDF/PNG for figures in scientific publications, which are typically published embedded in text on a PDF of 1 or 2 columns, typically generated by LaTeX.
Specifically, we typically use an option in LaTeX to shrink the figure to fit the column.
To give you some context, a figure typically includes some or all of the following:
- Drawings (circles, squares, arrows, etc)
- Plots (axes, legends, lines, points, labels, etc.)
- Symbols (Greek letters, math symbols, etc.)
- Text (i.e. from a font)
Every time I start a new figure, I struggle (e.g. Illustrator) when it asks me for the figure size and aspect ratio. Here is why: when it contains text I frequently end up having to scale up/down any text/symbols until they are readable on the final publication, which I find a waste of my time.
Given my lack of knowledge on this subject, I'm asking this community for help:
Is there a natural figure size that I should use for this situation in such a way that the text that I see in the editor is the same as I see it in the figure embedded?
Is there any default aspect ratio that I should use? I read somewhere that the golden ratio is often used, but I didn't found any reference supporting why.
If it helps, as an example, I'm asking how should I fill this window