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Making a Map from a Jpg File: Help!

Any photoshop expert out there have an idea what I might be doing wrong with the following little exercise:

OK, i have to attach a JPG file to a report I have written up. The JPG file is basically a map of the Dominican Republic intended to show where various "bateys" or sugar plantations exist.  I photographed a detailed map, formatted that JPG as an 8 by 10 inch file, then I used the Horizontal Type Tool to type in the names of certain areas in 24pt type, and I used the Notes Tool to identify the little bateys, because there is no space on the map to put all the little names and the note, when you open it up, can explain everything nicely.  I saved the file as a PSD file (there seemed to be some problem saving it as JPG, and I suspect that either the Notes or the Text is causing it).  I tried sending it off attached to an email, and everytime I try to do so a message pops up saying that the Document Contains no Data.  And yet I can open the file and play with it on my computer, all the data is there, and it looks great.  So what the heck am I doing wrong?  Anyone know?

by Jon Anderson at 2005-10-28 14:36:36 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) St Domingo , Dominican Republic | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Try flatening the layers. Then you should be able to save it as a jpeg file.

by Paul Treacy | 28 Oct 2005 14:10 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
NOTES won’t save to your file as a JPEG. Have to use PSD, TIFF, PDF…Make sure the “Anotations” box is checked on in your SAVE window. Since it is going email, use PDF (SAVE AS), and use a bit of compression.

Good luck


by Patrick Cavan Brown | 28 Oct 2005 14:10 | | Report spam→
Ah, that makes sense.  I had a feeling that the notes tool was the problem.   I will try it.  Now you see how helpful LS is!

by Jon Anderson | 28 Oct 2005 15:10 | St Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Thank you Patrick, that did it; however, the file is still a bit large (25MB!).  I saved it at medium compression (7) and it is 8 by 10, 300 dpi.  I could reduce it to 100 dpi — what would you do?  And thanks.

by Jon Anderson | 28 Oct 2005 15:10 | St Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
if it needs to be printed out, it needs around 100-150 dpi. If it is for screen (computer) use only, 72 dpi is enough. That will shrink the size for ya. 300dpi is for high quality photographic prints…maps can be smaller.
good luck


by Patrick Cavan Brown | 28 Oct 2005 16:10 | | Report spam→
I’ve bee working as a graphic designer for quite a while. I wouldn’t reduce the dpi to 100 to 150. Everything which is printed should have 300dpi, no matter if it’s a photograph or a map.
I’d rather check how big this map will actually be printed. If they need it in 10×10, resize it to that size and leave it at 300dpi. A JPG that is 25MB big seems to be very big. Dimensions wise…
Just a thought.

by [former member] | 28 Oct 2005 20:10 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
 Martin is right. Keep the DPI at 300 & resize the map to the exact preportions it will printed at. 


by [former member] | 29 Oct 2005 02:10 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Thanks folks, I really appreciate the help, and it just goes to show what a nice little community we are building here.  The map was created simply for viewing on a computer screen, so I think I can reduce the dpi.  I dont see how the notes would work if they were to print it out.  When you click on the annotations a window opens with text that explains where the bateys are and who is working there, but that is a computer function, and i wouldnt know how that could be replicated if the map were printed out (which is already crowded with details and that is why i decided to go with the notes).  But maybe I can play with that a bit too.  Anyway, thanks to all of you.

by Jon Anderson | 29 Oct 2005 06:10 | St Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
If you have images 300 dpi save in qualty 12 is the best make later a copy of the file and than you can make it smaller by save as qualty 6 or 8 up to you you lost lot of information if you save first quality 6 and than save 12 is a problem.

by [former member] | 29 Oct 2005 07:10 | The Hague, Netherlands | | Report spam→

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