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UNLIMITED PUBLISHING uses the latest printing
technologies to produce the interior of your book.
You may provide black and white photographs or
other hard copy or computer art for use in your
book. Any hard copy material should be able to
lie flat on a glass surface without leaving any
paint/ink/etc. behind. Computer images should be
in the following formats:
|Exterior color graphics
||TIF, BMP, JPG (minimal
line art (b&w with no gray)
|Interior halftones (b&w
||TIF, GIF, BMP, JPG (minimal
in doubt, use TIF.
It is helpful to
understand how the black and white production
process treats your images before you decide what
illustrations you would like in your book. For
discussion, we refer, below, to Let the Tail
Go with the Hide by Teresa Williams Irvin,
which you can purchase here if you would like to
refer to a hard copy book. There are 40+
illustrations in this book demonstrating a wide
range of image types, original image qualities,
and Line Art:
There are two
basic types of art that can be printed in the
interior of your book, halftones and line
art. A halftone is an image like a black and
white photograph that incorporates many shades of
halftone from page 12
Line art is a
wood cut or ink drawing that incorporates only
two colors, black and white...
line art from page 102
Line art is
produced the same way text is produced, and has
nice, sharp edges:
of line art
produced by lining up various sizes of black dots
that produce the illusion of gray when seen from
a comfortable reading distance:
range of print variance
print shops ask for variance from day to day in
their production of halftones. As a result, many
publishers avoid using halftones because they
have inconsistent results from print run to print
run. If you choose to have halftones in your
book, you need to be aware that they may become
significantly darker and/or lighter than you see
them in your proofs.
that is line art (usually produces well), and
moving an image to the cover of the book when
possible, are good solutions if output variation
is not acceptable to you.
If your project
involves numerous halftones or halftones that
must be very sharp, consider producing it with a
different technology (usually with a minimum
print run of 500 books); print-on-demand is great
for some things but is not the best solution for
every book. Unlimited Publishing is happy to
discuss options with you.
This process of
lining up dots ("halftone screening")
is one that works on some photographs with better
results than with others.
halftone images that work better in the printing
- Are in focus.
- Involve a
good amount of detail.
- Have both
light areas and dark areas in the image.
have a more difficult time translating over into
the world of printing:
- Are blurry
- Involve a
lot of subtle gray shading.
- Do not have
very much contrast or detail.
Here are some
images that work better in the printing
is a detail from page 131 that looks nice even
when produced small on the page. The picture
involves a nice range and variety of detail, and
there are light and dark areas of the picture
that set one another off nicely.
detail from page 217 also has a lot of nice
detail, and nice areas of light and dark.
Generally, if someone's face should be
recognized, it should be clear and sharp and at
least as big as a quarter (U.S. 25 cent coin).
Here, the grand marshall of the parade (fore) is
not going to be recognizeable. That is okay in a
picture that is meant to convey the spirit and
setting of an old time parade, but should be
avoided where recognizing the face is important.
this photograph from page 96 is nice and sharp,
the background is made up of some subtle shades
of gray, shading from the 40% gray to the 60%
gray range. This does not look bad, per
se, but it tends to reveal the screen dots more...
it looks more like a picture in a newspaper.
photo on page 139 was important for the book, and
the reader understands from context that it is an
older picture with historical importance.
However, the cloudless sky and washed-out quality
of the older photograph makes the picture
difficult to produce well in a printing
environment; it shows the dots and looks more
While a wide
variety of images can be incorporated into your
book's interior, consider using those that will
produce better in this printing environment, and
steer away from those that will produce more
marginally, unless they are essential to your
book. Expect variation in print density (light to
dark) from any simulated shade of gray (halftones).
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