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Quark or Adobe Revisited...funknuggets
Oct 8, 2003 7:59 AM
Thanks everyone, you have really helped with this issue. I can save in the following formats, all at 1200 dpi. Did you say there is a std preference that I should send it. Here are my options:


Then, I thought you guys indicated I should put in .pdf???

Or, did you say this will depend on the printer?

Thanks once again...

Nope. A lot of people assume Acrobat as soon as they hear AdobeKristin
Oct 8, 2003 8:32 AM
My suspicion was correct. They meant Adobe Photoshop, which is a PSD file. Do you have Photoshop? If not, do you have Windows XP? If so, MS Photo Editor will allow you to save out to TIF.

TIF is a universal graphic format that will open on both IBM or Mac in any application and it stores more information in the file than other types of graphics files. (This is why you can not do much with a JPEG file once its saved into that format. JPEG's store a minimum amount of information. They are small, but limited.)

PSD is to Photoshop as DOC is to Word. When you save a PSD file, it will store ALL of the information about the file--including layers and history--BUT it can only be opened in a few applications.

GIF and JPEG can be saved by almost any graphic application. If they say these formats are fine, then just save it out as a high quality JPEG. (Don't save it as a .gif.) But if there is a problem and it needs to be manipulated, they may have to redo it completely because editing a JPEG isn't pretty.

Good luck!
ask the printer--no standard...probably EPS though (nm)ColnagoFE
Oct 8, 2003 8:41 AM
Oct 8, 2003 9:16 AM
Did it in Photoshop (Pro?)

I will send as both EPS and PSD, just in case. You guys have been invaluable.

Muchos Gracias!!!

Oct 8, 2003 10:51 AM
Good, but make sure you select "Include Vector Data" when you save it as an eps. Again, you can save it at 300 dpi instead of 1200+, because the type is vector.

(As an aside, if you don't save it as vector, you can save the file at 1200+ for pretty good results. It depends on the imagesetter's output resolution--typically 1200-3200 dpi.).

If your printer doesn't know, and this may not come up, if they have to open the eps it'll automatically rasterize the file and you'll lose your vector data and your type will be fuzzy. I think it might also convert it to RGB--I have no idea why photoshop would do that, but it's important to know. For this reason, include your psd file.

Good luck
Oct 8, 2003 11:02 AM
Your issue is mainly how your type is going to output. The only way you can get it to output clean is w/ a postscript format--as in eps or pdf. Like I said before, pdfs can be tricky if you don't have the right info from your printer.

You must get the specs from the magazine for sizing resolution etc., one of my freelance projects is design and prepress for a magazine and I get all kinds of wacky files--and we charge all the time for fixing other people's mistakes.

For printing, the "standard" image formats are tif and eps, even though you can place some of the other formats, doesn't mean prepress can handle it. JPEGs and GIFs would absolutely choke the imagesetter. Your printer would have to resave your files and depending on what kind of mood they're in, you could get charged for it.

A lot of stock image companies sell their images as jpgs, mainly because they make a smaller file. Some people assume they can use this in their print files. Not the case.