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GETTING READY: Preparing Your Images for the Web
Getting your artwork ready for the web is a process very different from getting it ready for printing. All that stuff about dots per inch (DPI), lines per inch (LPI) and resolution? You still need to know it, but you'll need to learn other numbers, as well. One of the main differences between preparing artwork for printing and preparing artwork for the screen
The price of scanners, like the rest of technology, has become more and more affordable each year--decent quality scanners can be purchased for less than $100. If you don't already own a scanner and are in the market for a scanner, here are a few links to get you started on your scanner-buying mission:
PERFECT SCANNING THE FIRST TIME
Now that your scanner is hooked up and ready to go, it's time to get your artwork web-ready. Here are a few tips for digitizing your artwork right the first time.
FREE UP YOUR RESOURCES
Scanning is a memory-intensive application for your computer. If you're running many programs simultaneously, or are working in an image editing or word processing program at the same time you're trying to scan, your computer might decide to stop working. Consider closing other memory-hogging programs before you start scanning.
SETTING THE SETTINGS
There's a fine line to be aware of when scanning your artwork or photography—the resolution line. If you scan it at too low of a resolution, your artwork will come out grainy and blotchy…scanning it at too high of a resolution will make it a large file, rendering it difficult to manipulate.
We suggest scanning your artwork or photographs (no matter if they're color, black and white or grayscale) with the following settings:
JPEG or GIF?
JPEG (or JPG)
ADVANCED TIP: Use PhotoShop Actions
Let's say you have a series of artwork or photographs that all need similar tweaks. Perhaps you want to add a drop shadow, correct brightness and contrast or do any other task to a number of different photos. Is there a way to tweak one image and then magically tweak other images with the same settings? Yes, there is. PhotoShop actions.
Available in PhotoShop 4.0 and later, recording actions allow you to execute a series of commands on a single file or several files.
Playing an action means that all the tasks and commands that you recorded will be applied to a different file.
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