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PREPRESS HELP PAGES

Here are some useful tips and information on how to set up your files for trouble free output. Please contact us if you need any further help. We look forward to working with you on your next publication.

Images & Graphics
1) Are all linked graphics files included?
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Make sure to include all graphics used in your document. Forgetting to include files will slow your job and/or cause errors.

-Remember to check linked/imported EPS graphics for typefaces. Typefaces are not typically embedded within EPS graphics. We recommend you convert them to outlines in your illustration/draw program before importing and/or linking.

-Update all linked graphics to their most current version. Don't leave files unlinked with modified scans - Although we try, don't count on us to automatically "relink" your modified scans.

-To avoid confusion don't include unnecessary or outdated graphics on your disks.

-If you embed the graphics within your layout program (ie. PageMaker) make sure all graphics are embedded properly.

-We cannot insure that we will catch all omissions and cannot be held responsible for customer errors.

2) Are original native graphics files also provided?
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Be aware that we cannot edit or modify any graphic files if you do not include the original native files. This is especially important for PageMaker documents where files can be embedded within the file.

3) Any "nested" graphics files?
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Avoid nesting graphic elements within other graphic elements. The classic example is an EPS (or TIFF) file placed on a Quark XPress page, then page is exported as an EPS file, only to be placed in another Quark XPress page. This is strongly discouraged.

4) Do scanned elements have correct dpi?
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Make sure your scans have the correct dpi for the size and lpi (line screen) you require.

-For images (color and greyscale) that are not to be reduced or enlarged use the following formula -> Scan Resolution (ppi or dpi) = 2 x Lines Per Inch (lpi). As an example, if you need to scan an image for reproduction (printing) at 133 lpi, scan your image at 266 ppi (or dpi); assuming reproduction at 100%. 

For more tips on scanning go to Wayne Fulton's site.

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