[texhax] Illustrations from other books

Martin Schröder martin at oneiros.de
Mon Sep 26 00:31:01 CEST 2005

On 2005-09-25 10:22:06 -0700, pierre.mackay wrote:
> It depends not so much on TeX as on the driver you use for printing.  
> Dvips is wonderfully helpful in this respect, and that is one of the 
> reasons to retain the extra step TeX -> PostScript -> PDF. 
> Scan, (or photograph with a digital camera) and use GIMP to convert to 
> Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) files.  I suggest photography for any 
> half-tone in which you can sense the screening, because direct scanning 
> tends to give you a very precise picture of the screened dots.  300 dots 
> per inch is all you need for half-tones, but if you want really sharp 
> black and white line art, you will have to learn some techniques in GIMP 
> and work from as much as 1200 DPI. 
> Dvips will allow you precise placement and scaling of the EPS results.  
> Take a look at the University of California journal Classical Antiquity 
> if you would like to see some results of dvips placement of EPS files.   
> Issue 23.1 after page 93 will show (Figures 4 and 6) what the risks of 
> getting too precise a picture of the half-tone screen are.

All this can be done with pdfTeX, if you convert your scans to
pdf (or png or jpeg).


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