After all the months of discussion on digital vs. traditional images
for magazines, I thought perhaps there might be those on this forum
who would be interested in Lapidary Journal’s directions on the
subject. It seems most of the magazines I work for are beginning to
switch to digital as their preferred format, so for those of you who
have digital images, it seems a green light has appeared. These
guidelines are probably reasonably close to what most magazines will
be looking for, but to be sure it’s always wise to contact the editor
of the magazine you wish to be published in and ask for their
From Lapidary Journal’s guidelines:
The largest possible images are preferred; the image size for
printing must be 280 dpi, so we need something at least 280 dpi at a
"real" size of approximately 4" x 5", to be safe.
Images can be sent via e-mail in JPEG, GIF, TIFF, or MIME file
formats; files exceeding 1.5 mg should be compressed using Stuffit, or
sent on disk rather than e-mail.
Images sent via disk are preferred in Macintosh file formats; using
QuarkXpress or Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop; in EPS or TIFF
formats; on SyQuest or iomega zip or jaz disks, or CDs. Non-Macintosh
formats may or may not be convertible.
Suzanne – Suzanne Wade writer/editor SuWade@ici.net Phone: (508) 339-7366
Fax: (520) 563-8255