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Subject:Re: Which image format From:cchris -at- toptechwriter -dot- us To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com Date:Thu, 4 Mar 2004 15:04:22 -0700
> For those of you who have actual printed manuals that you have
> professionally printed, which image format do you use for your screen
> captures. I was using GIF, but my boss thinks they will look crappy in
> a printed manual, so he wants them all to be in png or vector art
> format. The vector art format is not a problem since there is very
> little vector art in my manuals, but I have hundreds of GIFS. I
> understand that PNG is better, but does it make that much of a
> difference in a professionally printed manual.
> Wade Courtney
I usually convert screen captures from GIF or JPEG to CMYK or grayscale
TIF because it prints reliably. When you're working with screen captures,
a good way to get decent looking results is to reduce the size of the
capture by 50%. That way, a 72-dpi fuzzy image becomes a much sharper
144-dpi. Most screen captures are too large to use as-is so you should
size 'em down anyway.