We have created a list of guidelines that are helpful when preparing artwork for electronic or hard copy submission. It is important to include a log detailing each figure number, source, format, and any other relative information. Click here to download a sample Art Log in Microsoft Excel format.
Adobe Illustrator (AI) is the preferred format for all vector graphic files. If your graphics program will not save as AI files, save as EPS (encapsulated Postscript) files and in addition, please submit the files in the native format of your graphics program. We can usually convert most files to Illustrator format.
TIFF files are the preferred format for bit-mapped files, such as photographs, screen shots, scanned artwork, Web downloads, and so forth.
In general, screen shots should be saved at the native resolution of your screen (usually 72 or 96 dpi). Do not convert to grayscale, up-or downsample files, or resize. It is best to submit the screen capture as it is created and let PD&PS do any conversions that might be necessary.
For photos, the files must be at least 300 dpi resolution when the file is placed at the final size. For files downloaded from stock photo houses, request high-resolution files, and do not adjust color, resolution, size, and so forth. We work closely with the printer to make sure the file will be sized, color corrected, leveled, and sharpened properly for optimal quality on press.
Photos or line art can also be submitted either as reflective or transparent originals from 35mm slide size up to 11 by 14 inches. We have high-quality scanners that can capture line art, grayscale, and full-color photographs. See the PD&PS Showcase area for representative scans and compare photos before and after file correction.