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Britt Griswold <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 22 Aug 2008 15:51:12 -0400
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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.
> Fun.
> 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!
> Linda