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Seeking your help: File formats


CATHERINE LANGLEY, Communications Manager for the New Jersey Press Assn., contacted me about a week ago to ask about file formats for the web.

I told Catherine I wasn’t sure how to answer some of her questions—but I knew that posting her note on my blog would be a good shot at getting her some help.

Here’s Catherine’s note:

“Hi Ed,

As newspapers expand their publishing to other media, some of us are trying to learn new skills. But finding some of the basic information we need is frustrating.

For instance:
What are the best formats to use when saving Illustrator artwork
(a) for use on Facebook?
(b) as logos for Microsoft Outlook signatures?
(c) for websites?
For these three media:
Are there optimum document sizes?
Are there specific settings that yield better results?
What transparency settings work and which don’t?

My efforts have had very mixed results… Can you point me to resources, other than Facebook and Microsoft; I’ve not found their help to be very useful.

Thank you for any help you can give me!


How about it, folks? I’m betting someone out there has some tips for Catherine. Let’s give her the help she needs in some comments on this post. Remember, this blog is all about us helping each other—and here’s someone who’s asking for that help!


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