Redrawing and editing complex graphics
Illustrator and Photoshop
Xmplar's services cover editing of vector and raster graphics—figures, maps, charts, graphs and photos. This service is ideal for clients who need to reproduce press-quality graphics from low-resolution images.
Our graphics editing with Adobe CS3 software—Illustrator and Photoshop—progresses through several stages as we reproduce figures:
- liaise with copyright holders to obtain, where practicable, press-quality figures for the client's document
- if high-resolution graphics cannot be obtained—or because a publication deadline is looming—redraw graphics with the same, or similar, text styles and colours as the original
- download vector-based maps for scientific illustration
- obtain copyright permissions on behalf of the client
- compile figures and images—overlay graphics and text on layers
- retouch images—stitching scanned images, photo filtering and sharpening, resizing, modifying colour space
- file formatting for print, epub and web media.
Because the epub ebook format has limitations in supporting only a few file formats, we suggest the following for single-source publishing:
- PNG for PDF documents—most suitable for high-resolution print reproduction where clarity in detail is critical
- JPEG or GIF for epub and web pages—these suit the screen resolutions and file sizes that e-readers and browsers can support.
Scalable vector graphics (SVG) is an XML format for representing vector linework for graphics. SVG can be reproduced in PDF documents, as well as being supported by various types of web browsers. Xmplar is currently researching this format for use by editors, and reviewing SVG software packages.