Understanding the technical requirements


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Understanding the technical requirements

In addition to the aesthetic requirements of the cover image, we also need to consider its technical spec. When preparing a cover for print, never underestimate the usefulness of the telephone. Your commercial printer should be happy to give you advice on the technical requirements of your cover. The Resolution of the cover image should be at least 300 ppi, or Pixels Per Inch. This is the standard resolution for commercial printing. Sometimes you can get away with less, but your cover file may fail the printer's flight-checking program.

Some magazines, depending on how they are printed and on what type of paper stock, may call for a higher resolution, such as 350 ppi. You can check the image's dimensions in pixels using Bridge. It tells me here its Dimensions. This is the most important piece of information here, far more important than this. We want the image resolution to be 300 pixels per inch, but it is the absolute dimensions of the image that tell us its potential.

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Understanding the technical requirements
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Understanding the technical requirements provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Nigel French as part of the Designing a Magazine Cover

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