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Hi everyone. I've got an agent interested in reading my MS and I plan on submitting illustrations with it (black and white line art for an MG book.)

I was wondering what the right dpi should be. My scanner can scan up to 1200 but the default is 200. I heard that the final product should be 600, but what about for submission to an agent (or editor?)

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#1 - July 18, 2010, 03:34 AM

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I think it would depend on whether the final product will be smaller than the artwork is. I was told to send covers in 300 because the actual drawings are close to 8x10 and the covers will be smaller. If you go too high you may not be able to send them via email. I do sometimes scan them at a higher dpi then knock them down to 300 in photoshop.

However to an agent or editor I think you can scan it in 300 or less anyway because they won't tend to blow it up and print it off. I generally send artwork in the small scale through email. You can even download them to a site and send the editor/agent there as not to have to send anything large via email.

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#2 - July 18, 2010, 07:15 AM
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Hi Alma, that's what I was thinking. The submission will be through email and I couldn't see any reason to send huge files.
#3 - July 18, 2010, 04:50 PM

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I usually scan things at 300 dpi to have a print-res file handy, then knock the resolution down for email/submissions purposes. I think the main thing is to keep the image comfortably viewable on a screen. No one wants to have to scroll around to view an entire image. So, keep it to 800-1000 total pixels, max, on the long side.

If the agent wants something higher-res, she'll ask. Till then, keep it simple.
#4 - July 19, 2010, 03:08 PM

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I’m always asked to send my work in as 3oo
#5 - July 20, 2010, 06:54 AM

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Seems 300 is the default for print resolution...I'm pretty sure I read somewhere else it was 600, though. Can someone please confirm?

Part of the reason I'm concerned is because I'm not just scanning work. I'm just scanning inks, and then I have to mess around with it in Photoshop (add halftones, etc.) So I'm trying to avoid having to do any extra work if at all possible.

Another question I have, related to the above, is this. Is there a possibility that the art samples I send would be used in the final book, or would the art director request new ones if they want different scenes illustrated, for instance?

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#6 - July 20, 2010, 06:26 PM

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Hello Wonky,

For scans, I like to have my worked scanned at 600 dpi so I don't lose any of the fine details. (Though we have a local print shop where their 300 is sharper than Fed-Ex/Kinkos 600 dpi). After working it digitally, I save it and make a copy at 300 dpi for submitting/sending via email. (As you know, reducing from 600 to 300 will not make for loss of detail, but not having your intial scan at a high enough dpi could result in losing some of your work).

For changes, it depends on the vision of the editor and/or art director. They may want to try something different for your character or leave as is . . . there maybe changes they would like to see in wardrobe, setting, etc. Just as a writer is expected to revise the text, the illustrator is also expected to revise the art to bring the work to it's full potential.

#7 - July 20, 2010, 09:51 PM
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Thanks, funny stuff. I think I'd better re-scan everything. I'd already done some work on one of my 200 dpi scans, and was hoping I wouldn't have to re-do all the work...but better now than havign to redo all of 'em later on.
#8 - July 20, 2010, 10:06 PM

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I just started re-scanning and realized something, I don't know what format is best for line art. My scanner defaults to JPG, should I use something else? What about for submission?

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#9 - July 30, 2010, 05:14 PM

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I just started re-scanning and realized something, I don't know what format is best for line art. My scanner defaults to JPG, should I use something else? What about for submission?

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Just got the answer from a live person, TIFF is the best.
#10 - July 30, 2010, 08:30 PM

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