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Create Original Graphics

Communicate visually. By following these guidelines, you will be able to create original graphics that will look great in your published book.

Submission

All graphics files should be submitted electronically. Each figure or component of a multi-part figure should be submitted as an individual file. Avoid embedding artwork in the main text. Artwork will be placed in the correct position during the production stage.

To submit your graphics files:

  • Group the files into individual chapter folders as shown below. 
  • You should include a list containing the number of figures per chapter.
  • In addition to high-resolution artwork files, please supply one PDF file of all of the artwork for each individual chapter. The PDF file should contain each figure identified with a visible figure number. This is required for viewing reference only.

Example of acceptable grouping of folders for art delivery:

  • 1 Title folder (author name/abbreviated title)
  • 2 Chapter folder (e.g. Ch_01)
  • 3 Figure folder (high-resolution files)
    • 01.eps
    • 02.tif
    • 03.cdx

Be sure to use the same naming convention for all figures.

Figure numbering and captions

Number the figures sequentially according to their appearance in the text and the chapter number. For example, Figure 3.4 would be the fourth figure in chapter 3:

  • Check that each figure is cited in the text so that the book production team knows where to place the figure.
  • Supply a list of figure captions at the end of each chapter. 
  • Captions should include appropriate credit lines if the figure has been published previously (see the Artwork Permissions section below).
  • Define any new abbreviations used within the figure in the figure caption.

Technical specifications

There are two types of artwork: photographs (halftones) and line drawings. Refer to the tables below for guidelines on the appropriate file format and resolution for each.

Artwork Type

Program Used

Format

Minimum Resolution

Photograph

Digital camera

jpeg, tif

300 dpi

Photograph

Adobe Photoshop scan

tif, eps

300 dpi

Photograph

Combination photograph and line

tif, eps

600 dpi

Line art

Adobe Illustrator

eps, ai

600 dpi

Line art

Microsoft Word

doc, docx

n/a

Line art

Microsoft Excel

xls, xlsx

n/a

Line art

Microsoft PowerPoint

ppt

n/a

Line art

Adobe Photoshop scan

tif, eps

600 dpi

Line art

ChemDraw

export as a cdx file

600 dpi

Line art

Corel Draw

eps, cdr, ai

600 dpi

Vector graphics in EPS format are best for line art because vector graphics can scale to any size or resolution without loss of clarity.

Color artwork

Supply your color figures in RGB color mode, which your production team will convert to CMYK mode for print production. Follow these guidelines for color bit depth:

  • 1-bit: monochrome line drawing
  • 8-bit: grayscale halftone
  • 24-bit: RGB (color line drawing or halftone)
  • 32-bit: CMYK (color line drawing or halftone)

Artwork permissions

Authors must obtain permission to reproduce any previously published artwork. Copies of permission grants should be submitted with the final manuscript. Permission credit lines should be included in relevant figure captions.

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