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Production for Print by Mark Gatter

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Good Image Formats

Here we take a look at the different kinds of images commonly available to a graphic designer with a view to figuring out which ones are okay to use and which ones are best to ignore. We will start with the good ones.

As far as offset printing is concerned, there are only three image formats that you should consider using in a page layout: TIFF files, various kinds of EPS files, and PSD files. And that is all. Forget JPEG (almost always, anyway—JPEG images can sometimes be used, but they fall into a “special case” category, hence the inclusion of “...and others!” in the chapter title). If you plan on using JPEGs, please read that section carefully as they are not generally a print-friendly format (unless you are using your ...

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