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    Page size for a poster

    hasanali00 Community Member
      This is a very simple question.

      I want to create a printable A4 & A3 poster. What document size should I set in Fireworks?

      Thanks
        • 1. Re: Page size for a poster
          Community Member
          On Wed, 07 Feb 2007 15:26:44 +0300, hasanali00
          <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote:

          > This is a very simple question.
          >
          > I want to create a printable A4 & A3 poster. What document size should
          > I set in Fireworks?

          1) Specify image size as needed, in inches.

          2) Specify resolution like 200 pixels per inch. For A3, probably even
          smaller value (like 150 ppi) will do, since bigger posters are normally
          viewed from bigger distance.

          --
          Ilya Razmanov
          http://photoshop.msk.ru - Photoshop plug-in filters
          • 2. Re: Page size for a poster
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            hasanali00 wrote:
            > This is a very simple question.
            >
            > I want to create a printable A4 & A3 poster. What document size should I set in Fireworks?

            The very simple answer is don't use Fireworks for this. That's not the
            kind of work it was designed for. Fireworks is a screen graphics based
            application. It is not suitable for print work for a variety of reasons.


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            • 3. Re: Page size for a poster
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              For commercial printing I agree, but I have recently had some excellent
              success creating photographic posters and sending them to a photo lab
              for reproduction. As photo labs accept jpg files without question, your
              only real limitations are the maximum enlargement size available from
              the lab, and the amount of resources you have for Fireworks to process
              the hi-res image. Even there, I have found a workaround by importing
              hi-res images into the a low-res document, converting them to symbols
              and then scaling the instances to work at the low-res size. This lets me
              work quickly. When my design is complete, I convert the file to a 300
              ppi image at the right dimensions (for one lab, that is 12x18 inches),
              and send the new jpeg file to the lab. Because the symbols are
              technically hi-res files, the upsampling does not affect the quality of
              the photos.

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              Stéphane Bergeron wrote:
              > hasanali00 wrote:
              >> This is a very simple question.
              >> I want to create a printable A4 & A3 poster. What document size
              >> should I set in Fireworks?
              >
              > The very simple answer is don't use Fireworks for this. That's not the
              > kind of work it was designed for. Fireworks is a screen graphics based
              > application. It is not suitable for print work for a variety of reasons.
              >
              >
              • 4. Re: Page size for a poster
                Community Member
                I agree Jim and I read and enjoyed your tutorial in CMX. I don't use FWs for
                printing, because as you point out in the article, the cost of the ink and
                high quality paper just doesn't make it economic, but that doesn't mean you
                can't do it. I have successfully printed an A3 size photograph from FWs.

                My local photolab actually specifies that they require the image in an RGB
                format.

                Peter
                _________________________
                "Jim Babbage" <jbabbage@newmediaservices.ca> wrote in message
                news:eqcjjl$rgu$1@forums.macromedia.com...
                | For commercial printing I agree, but I have recently had some excellent
                | success creating photographic posters and sending them to a photo lab
                | for reproduction. As photo labs accept jpg files without question, your
                | only real limitations are the maximum enlargement size available from
                | the lab, and the amount of resources you have for Fireworks to process
                | the hi-res image. Even there, I have found a workaround by importing
                | hi-res images into the a low-res document, converting them to symbols
                | and then scaling the instances to work at the low-res size. This lets me
                | work quickly. When my design is complete, I convert the file to a 300
                | ppi image at the right dimensions (for one lab, that is 12x18 inches),
                | and send the new jpeg file to the lab. Because the symbols are
                | technically hi-res files, the upsampling does not affect the quality of
                | the photos.
                |
                | --
                | Jim Babbage - .:Community MX:. & .:Adobe Community Expert:.
                | Extending Knowledge, Daily
                | http://www.communityMX.com/
                | CommunityMX - Free Resources:
                | http://www.communitymx.com/free.cfm
                | ---
                | .:Adobe Community Expert for Fireworks:.
                | news://forums.macromedia.com/macromedia.fireworks
                | news://forums.macromedia.com/macromedia.dreamweaver
                |
                | Stéphane Bergeron wrote:
                | > hasanali00 wrote:
                | >> This is a very simple question.
                | >> I want to create a printable A4 & A3 poster. What document size
                | >> should I set in Fireworks?
                | >
                | > The very simple answer is don't use Fireworks for this. That's not the
                | > kind of work it was designed for. Fireworks is a screen graphics based
                | > application. It is not suitable for print work for a variety of reasons.
                | >
                | >


                • 5. Re: Page size for a poster
                  Community Member
                  On Wed, 07 Feb 2007 16:18:44 +0300, Jim Babbage
                  <jbabbage@newmediaservices.ca> wrote:

                  > For commercial printing I agree, but I have recently had some excellent
                  > success creating photographic posters and sending them to a photo lab
                  > for reproduction.

                  I must admit one of my friends did "commercial printing" with FW once. It
                  was ketchup labels where clients wanted colors all red and saturated, and
                  bevels within ketchup spots :-) The print wasn't supposed to be fine art,
                  and FW document drawn within a couple of minutes appeared to be good
                  enough :-)

                  --
                  Ilya Razmanov
                  http://photoshop.msk.ru - Photoshop plug-in filters
                  • 6. Re: Page size for a poster
                    Community Member
                    Thanks Peter! It was a fun article to write. ALwasy neat to see how one
                    can bend the rules. :-)

                    Jim

                    PJR wrote:
                    > I agree Jim and I read and enjoyed your tutorial in CMX. I don't use FWs for
                    > printing, because as you point out in the article, the cost of the ink and
                    > high quality paper just doesn't make it economic, but that doesn't mean you
                    > can't do it. I have successfully printed an A3 size photograph from FWs.
                    >
                    > My local photolab actually specifies that they require the image in an RGB
                    > format.
                    >
                    > Peter
                    > _________________________
                    > "Jim Babbage" <jbabbage@newmediaservices.ca> wrote in message
                    > news:eqcjjl$rgu$1@forums.macromedia.com...
                    > | For commercial printing I agree, but I have recently had some excellent
                    > | success creating photographic posters and sending them to a photo lab
                    > | for reproduction. As photo labs accept jpg files without question, your
                    > | only real limitations are the maximum enlargement size available from
                    > | the lab, and the amount of resources you have for Fireworks to process
                    > | the hi-res image. Even there, I have found a workaround by importing
                    > | hi-res images into the a low-res document, converting them to symbols
                    > | and then scaling the instances to work at the low-res size. This lets me
                    > | work quickly. When my design is complete, I convert the file to a 300
                    > | ppi image at the right dimensions (for one lab, that is 12x18 inches),
                    > | and send the new jpeg file to the lab. Because the symbols are
                    > | technically hi-res files, the upsampling does not affect the quality of
                    > | the photos.
                    > |
                    > | --
                    > | Jim Babbage - .:Community MX:. & .:Adobe Community Expert:.
                    > | Extending Knowledge, Daily
                    > | http://www.communityMX.com/
                    > | CommunityMX - Free Resources:
                    > | http://www.communitymx.com/free.cfm
                    > | ---
                    > | .:Adobe Community Expert for Fireworks:.
                    > | news://forums.macromedia.com/macromedia.fireworks
                    > | news://forums.macromedia.com/macromedia.dreamweaver
                    > |
                    > | Stéphane Bergeron wrote:
                    > | > hasanali00 wrote:
                    > | >> This is a very simple question.
                    > | >> I want to create a printable A4 & A3 poster. What document size
                    > | >> should I set in Fireworks?
                    > | >
                    > | > The very simple answer is don't use Fireworks for this. That's not the
                    > | > kind of work it was designed for. Fireworks is a screen graphics based
                    > | > application. It is not suitable for print work for a variety of reasons.
                    > | >
                    > | >
                    >
                    >