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Creating Halftones: Your Options

Okay, you've taken the photographs, now what? You have a few options. Use a scanner to create digital images of the photographs. Have a printing service create halftones with traditional methods. Do both.

If you have an 8-bit scanner, creating digital files is fairly simple, and you can use the images during the layout. However, if you use your scanned images as the final for printing, you also have the burden of making them look good. The typical printing service won't take responsibility for photos unless it creates the halftones. Most services charge somewhere between seven and fifteen dollars to shoot each halftone, but the responsibility is all theirs.

On the other hand, if you have image editing software, such as Adobe's Photoshop, with practice, you can create fine camera-ready images and save money. The 1997 Freestone had around 30 photographs, and we saved a considerable sum of money by scanning and editing the images ourselves.

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