Save figure to image file with tight borders for LaTeX

I like to create vectorized PDF images for LaTeX documents. This function creates images that are ready to include; no cropping required.
Updated 23 Oct 2021

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Saves a MATLAB figure to an image file with tight borders. I like to use vectorized PDF files for LaTeX documents. Images saved using this function don’t need to be manually cropped.
For newer versions of MATLAB, use the saveas() function instead of this function. In newer versions of MATLAB, saveas() saves figures to match the size of the figure on the screen by default. Previously, saveas() saved figures to 8-by-6 inches by default – this left the user to manually crop the figure to remove large borders. The newer behavior started in version R2016a, according to saveas() documentation, but I’ve observed the 8-by-6 inch default in R2016b.

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Anthony Ricciardi (2024). Save figure to image file with tight borders for LaTeX (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2016b
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
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Updated from an informal example script to a function file. Programming style updated. Context added based on MATLAB updates.