I’m planning on using Photoshop CS5.1 to modify preexisting music notation fonts (MusiSync and StaffClefPitchesEasy) for my own purposes. With that said, in order to make my modifications I have to rasterize the font. Once I’ve completed my alterations I plan to then place my new images into InDesign CS5.5 at the same image/ canvas size as I had created them in Photoshop. My question is: At what ppi should I create my Photoshop documents and what file type should I ‘save as’ to place in InDesign, so that my end result using InDesign, when printed buy a professional printing house, will look crisp and clean with no jagged edges, blur or pixilation? Also, I am using a mac running 10.5.8 and my Photoshop and ID documents are in greyscale. Thanks for your help.
Most of the musical notation fonts I have had to deal with are pretty restrictive as regards modifying fonts. Check with the source of the fonts.
Fontlab is the best. For easy changes, TypeTool (same company) might be OK. Least expensive but works great is Type 3.2 from CR8.
TypeTool (and Fontlab) will allow a better workflow between Illustrator and it because it can read the Adobe clipboard and so:
Pretty much that's it (off the top of my head, anyway).
Take care, Mike
Thanks for the help and replies, however, I do not have or know how to use Illustrator. I was hoping to get the job done in Photoshop and InDesign if possible. Esspecially because I already know how to use both programs pretty well, and having to buy and learn a new software is not ideal. Can I make it work or are are there core issues I am unaware of?
Ok. If you don't have a significant number of changes, use Photoshop. cmyk (use black only) document or grayscale. Setup PS to the size needed @ 300 dpi. Link to the PSD files you will be creating in ID.
Where the font editor comes in is with X number of changes you need to make and repetitive use down the road. Above a certain number of changes, the font editor would pay for itself in the time it takes to learn to use it. Without Illustrator or another vector editing software, it is moot. The free InkScape (OpenSource) can make the changes, but it adds the step of exporting to SVG and importing it. I cannot remember if InkScape can export as EPS, but that is what you are limited to in TypeTool. However, Type 3.2 uses SVG for its import so they seem a good fit.
Good luck, Mike
I'm not sure I agree with that. I'd use bitmap mode, and a minimum of 1200 ppi at the size the glyph will be used.
The problem here is that fonts are really miniature programs, glyphs are vectors so they are scalable, they probably have hinting (similar to an anti-aliasing effect) to make them look better and the font calculates things like spacing between glyphs. You lose all of that when you rasterize, and each glyph will need to be palced as a graphic. You'll no longer be able to "type" your score.
The type of images for InDesign that I'm creating in Photoshop are for the most part just single bar exerscies with on standard 5 line staff (4 bars at the longest) so once I have all of my individual notes (that are rasterized modified glyphs) then I'll be using my 'library of special notes' that I create to make my own exersices. The reason that I need to modify the glyphs (musical fonts) is because my final product is unique to any prexisting musical notation. It's an invention (style) of my own. Do you think at 1200 ppi (canvas size is about 6x4) font points at 42pts that when I place them into InDesign as .psd that I will get good results when they are printed by a professional printer? When I'm working on the files in Photoshop (even at 600 ppi) they look great but once I place them in InDesign and do a test print they look jagged and pixleated. I just don't understand why. Also, I realize that InDesign has different quality display performance. Lot's of people keep assuming that I'm making that error.
1200 ppi is the minimum effective resolution I would send to press for 1-bit lineart to avoid jaggies. Effective resolution is the resolution at the size you are printing, rather than the 'actual' resolution, which is the figure saved inthe file at the dimensions you specified.
If I have a file, (let's say at 1600ppi), created in photoshop, (at lets say 2x2in) and place it in InDesign at the exact same size (2x2in) and intentened to be 2x2in on the actual print. Would it's effective resolution and actual resolution be the same?
I worked in music publishing for around 9 years, so I may be able to offer an opinion or two. Can you post an image of one of the examples you would like to create? Even something that mixes what you made on the computer with hand-drawn corrections will give me an idea of what you're doing. When I see what you're after, I can give you my 2¢.