The Graphics Department uses Photoshop version 5.5. The following guidelines are designed to help you set up your tile so that there will be as few delays and problems in the production of your job.
AT WHAT SIZE SHOULD MY IMAGE BE SET UP?
Your file may be set up at any size as long as it is to scale and the INPUT resolution of your file is a minimum of 72 dpi (at final size) for Digital Inkjet prints and 100 dpi (at final size) for Lambda prints.
WHAT COLORS CAN I USE IN MY LAYOUT?
For digital inkjet files, please scan and set up your file in CMYK mode. For Lambda files, please scan and set up your file in RGB mode. Color matching specific elements within a photo will shift the color balance of the entire image. The Graphics Department does not recommend this.
WHAT RESOLUTION SHOULD MY IMAGES BE SCANNED AT?
To achieve the best quality for your prints, use the following formula to determine the scanning resolution:
Height + Width (final image size) x 72 (digital inkjet) OR 100 (Lambda) = ? dpi
Height + Width (original image size)
HOW DO I KNOW IF AN IMAGE THAT I HAVE CHOSEN TO USE BUT HAVE NOT SCANNED MYSELF WILL HAVE A HIGH
ENOUGH RESOLUTION TO PRINT A QUALITY IMAGE?
The Graphics Department tries to print all of its digital inkjet graphics using images that have an INPUT resolution of either 72 dpi or 100 dpi (depending on the output method) at their final size. To check the resolution of your Photoshop image, select "image size" from the image menu. This will bring up a dialog box that will tell you what size your image currently is and what its resolution is. If your image is not at full size, make sure there is a "x" in the box that says, "constrain proportions" and no "x" in the box that says "resample image." Then enter either the height or the width of the final image size in the appropriatc box. The dpi will be adjusted, giving you the resolution of your image at its final size. Again, the Graphics Department tries to print all of its graphics using images that have an input resolution of 72 or 100 dpi at their final size.
CAN I SEND AN IMAGE THAT NEEDS TO BE SCANNED?
The Graphics Department can scan images sent to us using either a tiatbed scan (largest size: 8.5" x 14") or a drum scan (largest size ' x 10"). Drum scans are recommended for highly detailed images that will have a large finished size. Transparencies cannot be tiatbed scanned.
HOW SHOULD I SAVE MY FILE?
Photoshop files should be saved in Photoshop. TIFF or EPS file formats. Do not use duotones or DCS.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO SEND?
Along with your disk, please send hardcopy of all files that the Graphics Department will be producing. Also include a printout of the contents of the disk. marking the files that will be used.