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03-18-2015, 01:34 PM
A few questions on exporting lettering files for printing:

1 Is EPS the standard format? Balloon tales (http://www.balloontales.com/tips/eps/index.html#eps) is the only source I found.

2 Might some editor/publisher ask for layered files? (I've seen someone ask for them because lettering would be done on unfinished pages. My sense is that this is not ideal as anyone can change a letterers work once it's submitted.)

3 Are there any other acceptable formats?

Tomas M91
03-18-2015, 08:31 PM
It really depends on what the printer needs. EPS are used in the production process to be matched up with the colored pages (not all lettering is done on the colored pages, sometimes it's done on the pencils at the same time the colors are being done). Usually .tiffs are sufficient for printers, even PDF's.

As for layered stuff, it's always preferred to create outlines of everything on the page. Never send fonts to anyone. Once you've completed the pages, created outlines and sent the files, as long as you've been paid for your work they can technically do anything to your work.

03-19-2015, 05:18 PM
Good to know, thanks.

And I'm aware about outlining fonts. I always do it even if I'm not sending editable files.

03-21-2015, 01:38 PM
I don't know about other studios, but most of the ones I letter for just take the AI files. As soon as I get payment, I save a new file, deleting my morgue layer, and outlining all fonts. You can directly import AI files into InDesign, so there's really no reason to send it to EPS. EPS was necessary when everyone was using Quark.

I never letter over pencils unless the colors are going right over pencils. Too often I've found that the inker's scans are slightly different than the pencils, and that means none of your lettering will line up. There's no reason why you can't do the lettering at the same time as the colorist. You should be able to letter faster than they color. The only downside to lettering on inks is that you have no idea if your color choices will clash with the colors.


Comics Commando
03-30-2015, 02:25 PM
I deliver the proofs as PDFs using Adobe Acrobat to compile the pages into one easy-to-read pdf.

Once the pages are approved, I outline all fonts and make an EPS. This is usually what I send.

I do have one client who doesn't want outlines {they have all the same fonts on their end}--and they ask for the AI files. This is so they can make minor edits on their end if need be.

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