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Lesson 7. Recreational catalog > Placing a Kodak Photo CD image

Placing a Kodak Photo CD image

You start working on the catalog by placing a Kodak Photo CD photograph on the cover. A Photo CD stores an image in several standard resolutions for popular uses, such as computer display or reproduction on a printing press. PageMaker chooses a high-resolution version by default, but you can specify a new size and resolution as you import the image into PageMaker. You can apply your changes to the original Kodak Photo CD file, or you can save the settings with the image in CIE Lab TIFF format. The CIE Lab color model contains device-independent color information that can reproduce color accurately on a PostScript Level 2 or later printer.

On page 1, the cover of the catalog, choose File > Place, open the 07Lesson folder, and double-click 07Img14.PCD. (In Windows, if the file doesn't appear in the list, choose All Files for Files of Type.)


If necessary, Choose File > Preferences > General. In the Preferences dialog box, click CMS Setup. For Color Management, choose On. Click OK.

Because you selected a Kodak Photo CD image, PageMaker displays the Kodak Photo CD Import Filter dialog box, which contains a preview of the selected image. Photo CD images are scanned directly from slide or negative film, so they always appear in landscape (wide) orientation before you import them.

Select Save to CIELAB TIFF File.

Selecting this option will save a TIFF version of the image with your settings on your hard disk, letting you use the image the same way as other imported graphics. If you don't select this option, the original Photo CD must be in the CD-ROM drive for the image to stay linked with the publication.

In the Image Enhancement section, select Medium for Sharpen Output, and then select Auto-Color Balance. Click OK when a warning message appears.


Auto-Color Balance is useful only when the lightest point in a picture should be pure white. Otherwise, Auto-Color Balance may introduce an unwanted color cast.

Although the default resolution would be adequate for a commercially printed publication, a file at that resolution would be unnecessarily large for this lesson, so you'll specify a lower resolution.

For Size, select Constrain Proportions, and make sure Units is set to Inches for Width and Height.

Enter 7 for the width. Set the Image Resolution to 100 pixels per inch.

For real-world production, a general guideline is to specify a resolution of twice the screen ruling—lines per inch (lpi)—that will be used to print the image. For this project, a resolution of 100 is sufficient and uses less disk space and memory.

Click OK.

Because you selected the Save to CIELAB TIFF file option, a dialog box appears where you can name the file.

Name the file 07Photo.tif in the 07Lesson folder, and click Save. When a window appears asking if you want to include the graphic inside the publication, click No. This creates a link to the external file instead of copying the file into the publication.

Note (Macintosh only)

If PageMaker displays an alert telling you that there is not enough memory to place the image, increase the memory size for PageMaker. For more information, see the documentation that came with your Macintosh.

PageMaker creates the new TIFF file and displays the loaded graphic icon. As you move the icon, the horizontal and vertical rulers display indicator lines to show the position of the top left corner of the graphic. You can also check the position using the X and Y values in the Control palette. On the rulers and in the Control palette, negative values are to the left of or below the zero point of the rulers.

To place the TIFF image, position the loaded icon so that X is -1p6 (left of the page) and Y is -4p6 (above the top of the page).

Click to place the image.

While the image is still selected, choose Element > Arrange > Send to Back.

If the image draws too slowly on your screen, you can speed redraw by reducing the amount of detail PageMaker displays for placed images. This does not change the resolution at which images will print.

Choose File > Preferences > General. Select Standard for Graphics Display, and then click OK.

When positioning elements precisely over images or when checking the publication closely before printing, remember to select High Resolution for Graphics Display.

Save 07Work.pmd.



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