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Frequently Asked Questions
CREATING DIGITAL ART FAQ
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CKW uses a XyVision page composition system to create pages. XyVision will only accept TIFF and certain EPS graphic file formats. TIFF and EPS files, the standard graphics file formats in the printing industry, are the most portable and reliable formats available today.
The GIF format is commonly used to display indexed-color images over the World Wide Web. GIF, a compressed format designed to minimize file transfer over phone lines, is not designed to be used as a print format.
When a graphic is unusable, the author will be contacted and notified of the reason for failure. The author will also be instructed as to what needs to be done differently in the future to achieve successful integration of digital images.
If you follow CKW's guidelines, you can expect a near 100% success rate. If you do not follow the guidelines, the success rate will drop off to about 15%-20%.
Your art should be submitted in its final printed size. This size is usually based on the column width of the particular journal to which you have submitted your paper. Please see the Instructions to Authors of that journal or call the publication office to determine the final width for the image.
Converting elements of text created in illustration programs to "paths" or "outlines" removes the need for any restrictions on fonts used in a graphic. This way you may use any font that you like without concerns over whether or not CKW owns the font in question. When a font is converted to an outline the quality of the element does not change because the Illustration program re-draws the text as paths by reading the internal metrics of the font. While display on a monitor may look slightly different, output quality is the same.
Please see our page of General Scanning Guidelines for helpful scanning tips.
For a current and detailed list of applications that we support with instructions, please refer to our Supported Application Instructions section.
Macintosh, Windows 95/98, ME, 2000, XP and Windows NT.
Please refer to our Sending Digital Art to CKW page for a current listing of media that we can accept.
Ensuring quality output and consistency requires that we thoroughly test all elements processed within our workflow. We rely heavily on the PostScript environment, and therefore all applications that interact within our system must generate stable, standards-compliant PostScript code. Many applications that are able to create graphics do not support PostScript, or do not use standard PostScript interpreters.
CKW returns materials and disks as instructed by the publisher. You will need to contact the publisher regarding policies for returning hard copy and disks.
Yes, but we will need to work with you to set up procedures. Please contact your journal office for information.
Yes we do define hard copy as prints of the digital art files. Hard copy submission is required when figures have already been created electronically but in an unsupported application (i.e. Microsoft Word). Since we would not be able to process the digital file we would ask that you submit a print out (or hard copy) of the file.
Yes, we would recommend 600 dpi laser prints. However, a dye sublimation print on glossy paper proves to be better for scanning.
We recommend glossy paper, however normal clean white laser paper is adequate.
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