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Old 08-12-2009, 04:05 AM   #43
Thomas Mauer
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Join Date: May 2005
Location: Magdeburg, Germany
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Originally Posted by Scribbly
Do you thing that an artist will dare of jeopardize his work upon a
files resizing? Please, give me a break.
What the artist does, is to send the artwork in the format and size that is requested by the project leader.
Also the artist is up to do every other adjustment that could be requested.
We've been getting the following since the beginning on Popgun even though each artist gets an extensive email what to do, and also the above templates which rehash the whole thing as well right in Photoshop.

Unresized art
Wrong color space
Wrong color profile
Wrong live/bleed settings
Wrong spread dimensions
Wrong resolution
Artwork not flattened to the background
Alpha channels not removed
Not sent as TIFF with LZW compression as requested
If layers HAVE to be sent, ZIP compression on the layers not applied

We're currently wrapping up volume 4, and volume 5 is under way. Can you see why I'm sending everything back to the source and don't bother doing anything but open the files in Photoshop to check if everything is on the up and up?

That last line after the part I bolded is how it SHOULD be, but the way you phrased it is wishful thinking. A lot of artists need to be forced to do what they're supposed to do, and a large number are lost causes who won't ever do it.

Originally Posted by Scribbly
Doesn't ever crossed for your mind that is up to the project leader the idea
of letting the resizing of the pages as part of the letterer job?
The last thing to do before sending the work for printing?
Resizing, which, BTW is a very simple thing to do.
Just a setting of actions in Photoshop.
Have you yourself ever tried to prepare a comic for print in a timely manner.

The way you set up the production chain to go without a hitch and as efficiently as possible is to:

1. Let the artist scan his pencils and send them to the inker. If the artist inks himself or the artwork gets colored right on pencils, see 2.

2. The inker scans his inks, cleans up the artwork removing smudges, pencil lines, pre-rules, and any other dirt, then resizes to printsize.

3. The artist or inker sends the resized artwork (which is at the correct, final print size) to the colorist and letterer so they can work at the same time and lettering placements are correct.

4. Whoever puts together the print files does so and sends it off.

Under your proposition, this is what would happen nearly every time:

1. Artist/inker sends unresized artwork to colorist

2. Colorist colors everything.

3. Letterer resizes colored artwork, notices missing bleed art and gradients on the margins of nearly every single page.

4. Colorist has to add extra bleed art including lineart, though most often gradients just because the artist/inker couldn't be bothered to turn in correctly formatted pages.

In other words, both the letterer and colorist have more work on their hand while they are the two who get the least amount of money on a book and the least amount of credit.

No sir, I don't care to do more work when it's quicker for the artist to add a step while they're already scanning and cleaning up their lineart.

Doing a Photshop action to resize their pages makes much more sense for them while cleaning up/saving their files in the first place. If they then also rule their art boards correctly, it becomes even easier on them.

Btw, are you a writer or an artist?
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