[scribus] Question about photo DPI, book margins

Peter Nermander peter at nermander.se
Thu Mar 3 07:57:04 CET 2011

> The quality of the pictures is an essential feature, so making pictures
> with good clarity of the content, and good lighting is important. You
> can always post-process, but you have to have good material to work
> with. Depending on the image content, usually 150-300 DPI is adequate,
> especially for something like you're talking about.

It should be mentioned though that those figures are the final
resolution. While taking the photos and working with them the
resolution should probably be higher (to minimize problems from
resampling etc).

> Make some dummy pages to decide about the format/layout that works for
> you, and review similar books to see what you like and don't like about
> some given layout for ideas. You should already know things like not
> using a large number of different fonts, and focus on legibility, not
> how pretty a font is to you.

Going to the library to find books about book design could be a good
idea, that way you can learn the rules of thumb and mistakes to keep
away from.

And a good thing to think of is to test the dummys printed, make a
small booklet and try the "feel". Things that look good on screen
might nog be good when you're holding them in your hand (fingers
covering important parts etc).


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