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Preparing Digital Artwork
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Synergy KaleidaGraph
Version 3.51 for Macintosh


PLEASE NOTE: All work created in KaleidaGraph must use only black, grays, and white.

Please note: Some journals now require that color be submitted in RGB color mode. To learn more about the RGB workflow click here.

When creating graphics in a program such as KaleidaGraph for output to an imagesetter or platesetter, it is extremely important that the person creating the illustration have a thorough understanding of imaging in a prepress environment. There are many complex problems that can occur at output if paths are set up improperly, colors are indicated incorrectly, or other elements are constructed improperly. The more complicated the illustration, the greater the possibility of problems at output, and therefore the increased need for expertise and experience.

There are three important steps in preparing a graph for submission for printing:

1. Remove all Color from the Graph (Plot).

2. Size the Text and Plot to Print Size.

3. Output the Plot as an EPS file.

Removing All Color from the Graph (Plot)

1) Go to Format > Plot Color... and set the Frame and Grid to Black and the Interior and Background to None.

2) Go to Plot > Plot Style and change all variables to Black or shades of gray.

  • To verify that there is no color in a shade of gray, select Edit Colors... See the Edit Color Palette below.In the Default colors, only the ones indicated by brackets have only shades of black.

  • Double click on a color and select the CMYK Picker to see its composition. You can of course create a wider selection of grays than is available in the Default Colors.

3. There are other areas where color is selected. For example, Plot > Error Bars. But as you can see, the changes are done similarly in each new area.

Sizing the Graph (Plot) for Printing

1) Select Format > Text Options

2) Set the text size to the print size for the final figure.

3. Select Plot > Set Plot Size... and set the Frame Size to 1 inch larger than the print size (one or two columns). This is a general rule. You may have to tweak it to get it exact. In the example below, I wanted a 4 inch wide figure.

4. Verify the plot size by moving it to the upper left corner.

Printing the Graphic as an EPS file

From the File menu choose Print Graphics... and
1. Change the field "General" to "Save as File".
2. Change the "Destination" field from "Printer" to "File".
3. Change the field "Format" from "PostScript Job" to "EPS Mac Enhanced Preview".
4. Change the field "Font inclusion" from "None" to "All"
5. Finally, click on the Save button to save the EPS file.


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