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Black-and-white photos

I’m not sure how many of you will be including black-and-white photos in your press-printed material, but it’s not out of the question. And as you’ve come to expect, anything where you can include the words “black” and “printing” in the same sentence involves an unimagined degree of complication.

In my searches, none of the artwork guidelines specifically mentioned black-and-white photos. But some made fleeting reference to “greyscale” or “grayscale”, and from this we must assume that if you do have a black-and-white photo in your design, they expect you to convert it to Photoshop’s “Grayscale” mode.


They think that if your photo is Grayscale, it will print with black ink only. In theory this is ideal; in practice not so much.

Let’s explore the issues >>

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