Tip I learned doing stuff for the Natural History museum exhibit.
Scan your line art as 800-1200dpi bitmap then run it through LiveTrace. it will take a while, bu the
results can be very good.
Linda Feltner wrote:
> Yes, It's line art.
> Here's an area in which I have very little experience. I'm not sure what
> dpi bitmap I need. I thought I'd need a 1200dpi bitmap to be the
> equivalent of a 150dpi cmyk tiff. I just don't use bitmap that much, if
> at all.
> Wait, I CAN re-scan. I have the original, and can put it on my
> Microtek....Ok that's a possible. I called the designer, I'm still
> waiting his answer. When he said 150dpi, he referred that to RGB or CMYK.
> I also tried to simply make a vector file from AutoTrace in Illustrator.
> It may still be an option, but I had a hard time following the
> instructions, when it said to do something, my document just sat there
> it didn't look like it did anything but it had, I just couldn't SEE what
> it had done. By accident I found various viewing options, that were not
> mentioned in the instructions. Plus it didn't turn out nearly as nice a
> representation as I'd like. Not tight following the original. I know
> that can be adjusted, but I didn't pursue that option seeing what a
> difficult time I was having even seeing what the tracing was like. Yes,
> I'm frustrated with it.
> The more I write about this, the more I think vector would be a safer
> way to go. I will have to spend more time with Autotrace instructions.
> Many thanks for your help. I am now able to focus on this, and am
> already thinking on ways to make this better. I appreciate all the help!