Blackwell Publishing

Preparing the Illustrations

Submitting your artwork electronically

We will accept artwork submitted electronically, provided it meets our digital illustration standards. You must submit sample electronic files artwork to your editor at an early stage to ensure that your artwork meets our standards. We can accept files on the following media: 

  • 3.5" high density or double density floppy disks (PC or Macintosh)
  • 100MB Zip disks (PC or Macintosh)
  • CD-ROM (PC or Macintosh)    

All electronic files must be accompanied by hard copy print outs of illustrations. If you wish to submit artwork as digital files:

Please do

Line artwork

  • Supply line drawings as EPS files (give an EPS extension, e.g. Fig01.eps)
  • Use a postscript printer driver to generate the EPS file
  • Embed fonts if you can. Make a note of non-embedded fonts. If font embedding is unavailable, please use standard system fonts (ideally Arial, Helvetica or Times). Use black text over light to mid greys and white text over dark grey or black shades
  • Use lower case for all labelling, except for initial capitals for proper nouns and necessary mathematical notation
  • Ensure that the size of the font used is appropriate to the final size of the artwork. Please contact your editor to discuss this
  • Centre each file on the page and save it at final size with the correct orientation. (Please contact your editor about the final size. We recommend a minimum final width of 65 mm, but note that artwork may need to be resized and relabelled to fit the format of the book)
  • For figures consisting of more than one element, e.g. parts (a), (b) and (c), please supply the different parts separately i.e. (a) should be supplied in a different file to (b). This is because the different components of the figure will need to fit into the layout of the book, and this may require some modification of the figure layout
  • Supply hard copy of all electronic artwork
  • Save black and white line artwork in 1 bit unless the figures contain tints, in which case save them in 8 bit    


  • Supply photographs as TIFF files, saved with a PC preview (if possible) and cropped close to the edge of the figure to minimize the white space surrounding the image. The TIFF should be saved at a resolution of 300 dpi (dots per inch) at final size. Supplying uncompressed TIFFs is preferable, but if the image is very large, compression software can be used
  • If used, please tell us the type of compression used (e.g. LZW, WinZip, etc.)
  • If you are not able to supply figures in TIFF format, we can also accept EPS files. They should be exported or saved in 8 bit if the photographs are black and white (32 bit if they are colour). The files should be given an EPS extension (e.g. Fig01.eps)
  • Please note that images downloaded from the Internet generally only have a resolution of 96 dpi and are therefore unsuitable for conventional printing purposes    

Please do not :

  • Embed the images in the text; save them as a separate file
  • Supply artwork as a native file. Most illustration packages now give the option to 'save as' or export as EPS or TIFF
  • Supply photographs in Powerpoint or Word. Nearly all files supplied in these formats are low resolution (less than 300 dpi) and are therefore unusable
  • Use line weights of less than 0.25 point to create line drawings. Line weights of less than 0.25 point will show up on screen but not when printed
  • Include the figure caption as part of the figure (supply a separate list of captions at the end of each chapter)
  • Separate CMYK files into their four separate colours (supply a single four-colour image instead)    
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