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Dumb Artwork question (not a techie)

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I have received my artwork which looks awesome I might add.

The artwork is done in 300dpi like I asked. The problem is it is done in too small picture for my board and boxes. The artwork was done in Jpeg but my printer said to convert it is not an issue for them to do so.

I asked about making the pictures (artwork) redone in a size for the board game and box and card decks but I dont know how to enlarge these without having a HUGE issue with the quality of the artwork.

The printer told me it could not be done and it would have to be redone as the quality would suffer to much by simply enlarging. Is this correct or do you experienced people know how to do this and can explain to me??????

Thanks for any help as I am really pushing on this game as I am wanting to have it and the 4 expansions out and ready for Mid October. I have already started the process to get my business registered so it is on the move to promote. I have an order for 600 of the first issue of the game already as well so all help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks again BGDF Team.

Mike

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Dumb Artwork question (not a techie)

Your printer is correct: with a raster image like a JPEG (or a TIFF, or a BMP), the dots are either there or they're not. That is, if you wanted something that was 8 inches across by 10 inches tall at 300dpi, the original would have to start at at least 2400 pixels/dots by 3000 pixels/dots.

The person who did your artwork hopefully has a full-sized 300dpi original. If not, the artwork will have to be redone. Professionals know to work at very high resolution from the beginning, but amateurs often don't understand the situation. "It looks good on my computer screen" doesn't mean anything -- you need a ton of dots to have it look good in the physical world.

Sorry to have to confirm what your printer said.

Note, too, that while your printer can certainly convert the art from JPEG, nonetheless the artwork was automatically slightly damaged in the process of saving it as a JPEG. If you want to reuse the art in the future for, say, a web site and you need to save it at a different size but again as a JPEG, you will likely really begin to see the damage done by the format.

JPEG and Gif are fine for the screen, but are poor choices for print.

-- Matthew

dete
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Dumb Artwork question (not a techie)

just trying to learn here,
so if Jpeg and giff are bad are there any good ones
to use while working on the art, let's say it'll take me
like 10 days of working on it, so each day if I save it's
gonna get worse and worse.

thanx in advance

-dete

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Yes, you're exactly right, saving a JPEG again and again will damage it more and more.

With the programs you're using, probably the best format is BMP. It's a lossless format, meaning no data is thrown away when it's saved. Another popular format is TIFF.

If you eventually get Photoshop, saving in Photoshop's native format (.psd) is the best way to go, only saving it as some other format (under a different name) when you need something else.

GIF is just not good in general for anything but certain kinds of web images. It has a maximum of 256 colors and only compresses well if the image has large areas of solid color (no pattern).

-- Matthew

dete
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thank you very much sir!

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