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Quick Guide to Preparing Figures

Quick Guide to Editing Figures

The three most common types of figures that will be reproduced in ASCE Journals are lineart, halftone, and photos:

Lineart

This type of figure contains only lines and text, with no pictures.  Further, all lines should be set in black – colors, including gray, are not allowed in a lineart figure.

Halftone

A halftone figure color or black and white gradients, which produce a continuous color tone within the image.  Halftone images are usually computer generated.

Photos

Photos can be in color or black and white.

Each image type has a different set of technical specifications.  Examples of each type of image, along with minimum and preferred specifications, appear in the table below:

Image Type 

Lineart  

Halftone  

Photo  

  

 

 

Example 

   Line art 

 Halftone image 

 Photo art 

Minimum DPI 

600 

300 

200 

Preferred DPI 

1200 

600 

600 

Typical
size of
reproduction
 

3.5 in. (8.89 cm) 

3.5 in. (8.89 cm) 

3.5 in. (8.89 cm) 

Supported file types 

BMP, DOC, DOCX, EPS (with fonts
embedded), PDF (with fonts
embedded)
,
PS, TIF/TIFF 

BMP, EPS (with fonts
embedded), PDF (with fonts
embedded)
,
PS, TIF/TIFF 

EPS (with fonts
embedded), PDF (with fonts
embedded)
, PS, TIF/TIFF
 

Note:  All fonts should be scaled to reproduce at 8 pts. when figure is displayed at reproduction size listed above.