Print-ready Graphics Problem

Subject: Print-ready Graphics Problem
From: "Liz Goodwin" <Liz -dot- Goodwin -at- ametek -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2003 09:36:24 -0400

We do a lot of screen captures for manuals, online help and pdfs. Screen
captures have no resolution information - only pixel and color data. You
should set your resolution at the time of the screen capture using your
screen capture software or in a program like Photoshop. 8-bit, 120-dpi
BMPs are a good average.

I have also found that scaling a screen capture before importing it into a
DTP program works better than resizing in the application. I usually resize
in Illustrator. Sometimes I will save it as an eps or wmf (vector formats)
to get a sharper image for importing into Pagemaker. The eps looks bad on
screen, but converts to pdf and print (PS printer) and online help just

Liz Goodwin
Technical Writer, Process Instruments
liz -dot- goodwin -at- ametek -dot- com

"In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should
have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him." - Dereke

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