Artwork Guidelines

This guide is to assist authors whose manuscripts have been accepted for publication by Quimbandas. It will help you to prepare artwork so that it will be processed as quickly and smoothly as possible, and give the best possible results in the final printed version. Please follow these instructions carefully.

File formats

We prefer:

Format

Resolution/Notes

Adobe Illustrator or Encapsulated PostScript (*.AI or *.EPS)

For vector and composite images: minimum resolution for bitmap content of 300dpi (dots per inch) at final printed size. Fonts to be included.

Adobe Photoshop (*.PSD)

Please supply with any layers intact.

CorelDraw (*.CDR) from version 8

For vector and composite images: minimum resolution for bitmap content of 300dpi at final printed size. Fonts to be included.

Freehand (*.FHX)

For vector and composite images: minimum resolution for bitmap content of 300dpi at final printed size. Fonts to be included.

We can accept:

Format

Resolution/Notes

   

MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel

Minimum resolution of 300dpi for halftone images and 1000dpi for line art. Generate postscript files by using ‘Print to file’. To do this, open the image in its native application, go into the ‘print’ menu and change the destination from ‘printer’ to ‘file’ (or click on ‘print to file’). This will write a Postscript (.ps or .prn) file.

JPEG

Minimum resolution of 300dpi (72dpi files are not useable) at the size the image is to appear in print. If the figure contains text minimum resolution is 400dpi and 600dpi where it contains small text or other fine detail. Compress only if file size large. Please supply the highest possible quality (between 10 and 12) to prevent reduction of quality.

Acrobat PDF

Use ‘Print PDF’ or ‘Press PDF’ settings. Always use embed fonts option in the job options setting (fonts tab). For composite images – min. resolution of 300dpi at final printed size.

PICT

Minimum resolution of 300dpi (72dpi files are not useable) at the size the image is to appear in print. If the figure contains text, minimum resolution is 400dpi, and 600dpi where it contains small text or other fine detail. Compress only if file size is large.

   
   
   

 

Image types

Raster formats (bitmapped images) are best suited to photographs and scans (we prefer Photoshop files). Line (or vector) formats are best for graphs and schematic diagrams.

Color artwork

The color printing process requires files to be in CMYK format.

We prefer authors to convert their artwork to CMYK format before submission – this means that the author can approve any change in color that occurs during the conversion process.

However, conversion from RGB to CMYK is very critical and depends upon profiles, so if you are not well versed with conversion, please supply the RGB files. We will convert these with standard profiles, so as to minimize the loss in colors.

Presentation of figures

Lettering should be:

  • In a Lora typeface 
  • In the same typeface throughout
  • Not placed directly over images or shaded areas
  • Bold upright (not italic) and lowercase when labelling multipart figures
  • Between 6 and 8 point for labels

Figure sizing should:

  • Be as small as possible (for reasons of space in the journal)
  • Be supplied in a comparable size to similar figures in printed issues of the journal
  • Be able to fit into a single column of the printed journal wherever possible
  • Be able to be reduced significantly without loss of quality wherever possible
  • Ensure that lettering will remain readable after reduction (avoid large type or thick lines)––we recommend that lines are between 0.5 and 1 point