View Full Version : Formatting questions

08-09-2006, 04:51 AM
i want to know what most publishers are looking for when it comes to formatting. Specifically, what file types, what resolution and size... all that. Im talking about the finished product here.

i want to know where i should start my work from.

oh, and i'm really sorry if i missed a thread on this subject.
i did a search and looked in the resources and the stickies but couldnt find anything.


Lynn Lefey
08-09-2006, 05:18 PM
Formats range widely, although I think most folks want CMYK format for printing. The POD industry seems to want RGB formats, strangely enough.

Resolution should be 300 DPI. That, at aleast, seems pretty universal. You don't even notice much loss at 150 DPI except for the crispness of text. However, that extra bit of resolution is important to the ease of reading, IMO. Over 300 DPI and you're just wasting file space for no real gain.

Whether folks want PDF, TIFF, PSD, whatever, ranges very widely. I save all my files as photoshop files, and save a second copy in the format requested.

My suggestion would be photoshop files at 300 DPI in CMYK format. You can always convert to RGB, and save to any format required.

08-09-2006, 10:45 PM
oh ok thanks,
yeah i kinda guessed that they would want it at 300 dpi.

so, is it a good idea to begin work in cmyk format..or rgb and then convert to cmyk?

i know that the problem with cmyk and rgb is that neither translate well.
so if you start your work in rgb on the computer it may look completely different in print.

Lynn Lefey
08-09-2006, 10:52 PM
It's better to go from CMYK to RGB usually. Any color that can be produced with CMYK can be produced with RGB, but not the other way around. So, if you intend to print, go with CMYK.