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"Dot for Dot" jd 08 Apr 17:33
  "Dot for Dot" Carol Spears 08 Apr 18:25
   "Dot for Dot" Daniel Carrera 08 Apr 18:35
jd
2003-04-08 17:33:45 UTC (over 17 years ago)

"Dot for Dot"

Hello,
So I have been looking through the GIMP users archive to learn how to use the GIMP for printed art..like a papmlet or flyer. It looks like I need to set the following options in the prefs..

1. uncheck "DOT for DOT" or check it...Im confused on exactly what this does

2. set default dpi to 300 ..so when i open jpegs they will be at 300dpi not 72...right?

3. save in tiff format

is this correct and is there anything im missing?

Thanks Alot, jd
jd@taproot.bz

Carol Spears
2003-04-08 18:25:36 UTC (over 17 years ago)

"Dot for Dot"

On 2003-04-08 at 0933.45 -0600, jd typed this:

Hello,
So I have been looking through the GIMP users archive to learn how to use the GIMP for printed art..like a papmlet or flyer. It looks like I need to set the following options in the prefs..

1. uncheck "DOT for DOT" or check it...Im confused on exactly what this does

2. set default dpi to 300 ..so when i open jpegs they will be at 300dpi not 72...right?

3. save in tiff format

is this correct and is there anything im missing?

hi.

i am somewhat confused on dot for dot also.

when i have prepared images for the printer, i make sure that there are physically 300 pixels for each printed inch. i use my calculator (although File -->New and Image ->Scale can do a lot of the work.

for instance, if you need something to print on 4x6 inches (photograph for instance) then the image ideally would be 1200 x 1800 pixels. an additional quarter of an inch (or 5mm) for bleed and cut problems.

also, it was better for me to know which machine or company would be printing my image. that way, you would know what would be best for that particular printing.

check with the printer also for the file format. save your image in an xcf until you know which format is best. i always asked about png, and they were always positive about this. i was working for a photographer who leaned toward traditional well known formats, so we used tiff. has some issues though in the free world.

carol

Daniel Carrera
2003-04-08 18:35:56 UTC (over 17 years ago)

"Dot for Dot"

A good reference is the GIMP User's manual: http://manual.gimp.org/manual/GUM/GUM.html

Look at chapter 14 (Pre-press)

2. set default dpi to 300 ..so when i open jpegs they will be at 300dpi not 72...right?

The DPI only matters when you go print (I think) or when you save witha format that has a notion of DPI like EPS or TIFF.

3. save in tiff format

TIFF and EPS are the standard printing formats (for one, they have a notion of DPI which the printer needs).

Check with the printer.