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DPI for printing

Discussion in 'Printing & Print Design Forum:' started by HippySunshine, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. HippySunshine

    HippySunshine Senior Member

    Ok so im learning about printing a bit more and just need to know a couple of things.

    Whats the best DPI and format for a client to send over a ready made logo to me, in order for me to design them a business card that includes this logo?

    They asked me, im not sure, so im hoping you can help.

    Thanks :)
  2. Becky

    Becky Member

    300DPi, request an EPS if possible. If not hedge your bets on a PDF or a very high quality JPEG/TIFF
  3. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    As Becky said EPS (CMYK) is first option, and there's always an outside chance they'll have the AI file so worth asking for that as second.
  4. Becky

    Becky Member

    or failing that a Corel Draw or a very outside chance, Freehand file. However, most of the time EPS/AI are your best bet.

    But don't be shocked if they don't have them. I've spent alot of time re-drawing logos from alleged "high quality" JPEGS :(
  5. allyally2k

    allyally2k Senior Member

    ^^ me too!!
  6. Becky

    Becky Member

    sadly, it's just so much quicker than asking for better files or trying to work with bad stuff lol :(
  7. HippySunshine

    HippySunshine Senior Member

    Ok... whats an EPS? I think I have a rough idea as I just googled it.

    Thanks for the feedback guys.
  8. charles

    charles Senior Member

    most people say 300 dpi but a lot of printers like to work to 600 if has text as well to get it extra clean
  9. Becky

    Becky Member

    If you have a few pennies to spare, might I suggest this book?

    From Design into Print: Preparing Graphics and Text for Professional Printing: Sandee Cohen: Books

    It's a nice quick reference for working in print (well, it's not intended as a quick ref, but it's useful as one, as well as some more in depth information)

    or which is also a great quick ref

    EPS is a postscript file, and is great for logos as it retains the vector information ergo, no bitmapping and no quality, resizing or other such problems. (really simplified explanation, my brains a little frazzled :p)
  10. HippySunshine

    HippySunshine Senior Member

    Thanks everyone. Once again a huge help.
    Becky, I shall add that book to my Xmas wishlist :p
  11. Becky

    Becky Member

    Good luck with the business cards!

    I think I just need to stop buying books, I have so many now... and the Smashing Magazine book on the way too, >< maybe I should review some of them lol
  12. HippySunshine

    HippySunshine Senior Member

    Definitley do a book review!
    I was thinking about pre-ordering the SM one too. Maybe another Xmas wishlift idea!

    Im going to be getting a library for xmas this year I think.

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