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  • setting up detailed line art files for print?

    Hi everyone,

    I'm currently doing a 6 panel CD digipack for a record label and am having some setup problems. The artwork on all 6 panels (11"x17" flat) is very detailed vector line art from Illustrator. Lots of lines at 0.2pts. My first thought was to rasterize the 6panels and bring it into InDesign as a TIF, however in doing this at 1800dpi (requested by the printer) puts the file size at over 2GB. I'm thinking that this is way to huge for print. I've tried any combination of splitting up the panels into smaller file sizes, but am still averaging 300MB per panel. Is this fairly standard, or is it actually too detailed to print? Any suggestions on how to setup line art at a decent size for a professional print run would be much appreciated.....

  • #2
    Vector art out of illy doesn't need to be 1800dpi (nothing does) nor do I think you need to rasterize it. You should just leave it as an illy file, and copy or place it into InDy as an AI file and you should be good.
    People tell me "Have a Good One!' Hell, I already have a good one, I just need a BIGGER one! - George Carlin

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    • #3
      Rick is correct. Vector is what you want. If you make into raster art, it would defeat the whole thing by pixelating it. Just as Rick said, place it as a eps or an AI file.
      WYSIWYG

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      • #4
        thanks!! Glad that's a proper solution, because I really didn't want to raster nice vector art. I'll submit it that way and see what the printer says.

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        • #5
          I've been in printing for 30 years, if your printer says there will be a problem with your vector art --find another printer!!
          WYSIWYG

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          • #6
            Originally posted by strangelove
            thanks!! Glad that's a proper solution, because I really didn't want to raster nice vector art. I'll submit it that way and see what the printer says.
            You just heard from 2 printers, hopefully yours will concur!
            People tell me "Have a Good One!' Hell, I already have a good one, I just need a BIGGER one! - George Carlin

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            • #7
              Vectors NOT rastors
              It's not about the world of design.
              It's about the design of the world.
              Massive Change

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              • #8
                You've just heard from 150 years of combined printing experience!
                WYSIWYG

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                • #9
                  You can't go wrong with 150 years combined experience! I placed the file as an EPS and all is well. The illustrations for the packaging took well over 30 hours, so I just don't want anything to print poorly. Now I'm confident. Thanks so much for all of your help!!!!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jimking
                    You've just heard from 150 years of combined printing experience!
                    ummm..........my calculator MUST be broken!
                    People tell me "Have a Good One!' Hell, I already have a good one, I just need a BIGGER one! - George Carlin

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                    • #11
                      Strangelove, how is it being printed? Offset? I'm just wondering what the printers here think about printing .2pt lines in different processes. I do a lot of packaging work which gets flexo printed and generally my printers don't like that narrow a line. This really more for general knowledge so I hope we get a few responses.
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                      • #12
                        That's a good point. If it's offset, it depends on the printer and their equipment. It used to be for us .25 but now direct to plate we can do .2
                        WYSIWYG

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