CREATING PRODUCTION-READY ARTWORK FOR AN iPRO SLIDE
- Preparing your artwork
- Image Area and Sizing considerations
- Artwork Layout and Orientation
- Saving the File Type and Submitting the file
PREPARING YOUR ARTWORK
The first consideration is of course, creating your artwork. The three most common options are going to be: creating original artwork using software, taking a digital photograph, or scanning in an image from a photograph or print.
- Creating Original Artwork
- If you plan to create original artwork, consider using Adobe Photoshop. This is the most versatile program, and is the native software we use to make your slide. You can use virtually any other graphics software as well, as long as it will allow to save you design in either a raster format such as TIF, JPG, BMP, or PICT. Do not use a CAD program unless you convert it to one of the above formats and see for yourself whether the conversion produces acceptable results or not.
- Make sure that the file you create is at least 3" x 3" x 233 dpi. (This will result in an image that is 699 pixels x 699 pixels). Also, make sure your color space is RGB, not CYMK. This will result in the truest color rendering when your iPro Slide is printed. (Even though the printing process uses CYMK inks, the printing routines do a superior job of color conversion that the graphics software does.) These settings are generally specified when you create a new file, but can also be changed once you have begun drawing.
- Using a Digital Camera
- Digital Cameras make it extremely simple to turn just about anything you can see into an iPro Slide. The quality of the image sharpness and color fidelity will vary with the type of camera you use so make sure that you like the quality of pictures that your camera takes before beginning to make your iPro Slide.
- Use a camera setting of at least 1280 x 960 pixels. Since most cameras store images in the JPG format, it is preferable to begin with an image that is larger than you will need. The JPG format is a compressed file type and attempting to enlarge such a file creates blocks and pixelization that will result in a poor projection.
- If you are shooting people, be aware that digital cameras have a terrible tendency to create "red-eye." Make sure that you eliminate that in your graphics software before submitting your artwork to Rosco.
- Often the contrast and color balance of a digital photograph requires adjustment as well. You should manipulate these settings in your graphics software before submitting your artwork to Rosco.
- Scanning Printed Materials
- Every scanner uses slightly different controls and produces different qualities of scans. Make sure you are familiar with your scanner and how to get the best results before beginning this process.
- The scanned material should be processed at 100% of size, scanned at 233 dpi or higher, in RGB mode. If the original material is less than 3" x 3" then you should adjust the Scaling setting to scan the material in to a size at least 3" x 3."
- Materials printed in books or magazines are composed of very small colored dots. When scanned, these materials will show that pattern of dots and may even exhibit moiré effects. You should consider scanning these materials with the "De-Screen" filter turned on. (This will significantly increase scanning time.)
- Photographs in books and magazines are the copyright of the photographer and it is a violation of that copyright to reproduce them without the owners permission. Rosco will not produce an iPro Slide that we know to be in violation of any state, federal or international copyright laws. You are solely responsible for any violation of these laws. This also applies to corporate logos. Rosco requires a release letter to reproduce a corporate logo for a third party.
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