I would use grayscale JPEG files (line art compresses very well, and
you'll get good download times). You also want to apply a reasonable
amount of sharpening and level compression to get your grayscales to
look more 'black-and-white'. A very good reference on this is "Real
World Scanning and Halftones" by David Blatner.
You want to use grayscale in order to antialias the lines, thus giving a
perception of higher resolution (even though it's making fuzzy edges).
This all has to do with circles of confusion (explained in optics
You also want to make sure that the final size of the image will fit on
an average screen. There are MANY people running 640X480 video on 14"
monitors, so for them, it is damned near impossible to view a large
graphic all at once.
Willow Zuchowski wrote:
> Thanks Britt for the advice on slide scanners. And I hope your hat shows up.
> Question to you and others...
> What's the best way to get scanned line art to look good on the Web? I may
> be sending some image files to a Web site. What I have now are my TIFF
> files (original illustrations scanned at 600 dpi).
> Any tips on file format, etc. would be gladly appreciated.
> Willow Zuchowski
> Monteverde, Costa Rica