Export only a subset of a map to an image file in Surfer

To export only a small portion of the plot, you can crop the image, change the map limits, or export the current view.

Method 1: Crop the image.

  1. Select the Base(raster) layer in the Contents window. 
  2. In the ribbon, click Features | Image | Crop. 
  3. Drag the yellow handle bars to frame the area of the image you'd like to keep. Press ENTER when finished. 
  4. Remove the excess white space where the image used to be by:
    1. Click the Map object in the Contents window. 
    2. In the Properties window, click the Limits tab. 
    3. Click Use data limits. 


Method 2: Changing the map limits

You could change the map limits to only show the area you want, and then export. To do this:

  1. Select Map in the Contents window.
  2. In the Properties window, click the Limits tab, and specify the x and y minimum and maximum coordinates of the area of interest.

  1. Click the Scale tab and specify the size of the map you want.
  2. Click File | Export to export the subset area of your map.


Method 3: Export current view only.

Zoom into the area you want, then choose to export only that view. To do this:

  1. Zoom in so the plot window shows just what you want to export.
  2. Click File | Export.
  3. At the bottom of the Export dialog, check the box next to Current view only.

  1. Give your file a name and a type then click Save.
  2. Set the desired export options and click OK to create the export file.


Updated September 17, 2020

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