Annual Meeting Report

Improving Your Graphics: Judging Quality, and Fixing it Too!

MODERATOR: Brit Stamey Client Manager and Senior Copy Editor J&J Editorial Cary, North Carolina SPEAKERS: Mike Vanderberg Senior Technical Support Specialist Sheridan Journal Services Spotsylvania, Virginia Eric Pesanelli Editorial Art Manager American Physiological Society Bethesda, Maryland REPORTER: Brit Stamey Editorial offices often deal with graphics peripherally, but they may not have hands-on experience with them. This session aimed to provide editorial offices and production professionals with information about how to determine figure quality, the best ways to fix problems, applications that can be beneficial, and a general understanding of figures and graphics to help better communicate with authors about quality. Mike “V” Vanderberg, who has been working with graphics and prepress services since 1998, started off by explaining the difference between vector and raster, and how that can relate to file types. The edges of vector images will remain smooth no matter how much the image is enlarged, while raster images are pixelated and become more pixelated when enlarged. The highest quality image types are vectors and are usually pdf, ai, or eps files. High-quality raster images may still be acceptable for some purposes, and the most likely file types are tif or png. Authors should be asked to provide pdf file types because they will likely be the easiest for production to work with and result in the best quality images. Eric Pesanelli, who has been with American Physiological Society (APS) Publications since 1992, started off by speaking about how much the industry has changed since he started out—not […]

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