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Finished Product

This is the page as it appeared in 2000AD, less the lettering. The page is exported from Illustrator as a TIFF file, which prints easily.

I export the pages as 600dpi greyscale TIFFs (no anti-aliasing, no layers) at artwork size (about A3) and scale them down to print size and resolution in Photoshop. 2000AD require computer generated art at the same size as the page (in this case 194 x 297mm, though 2000AD has changed format since) and at 300dpi. They also like 72dpi copies of the pages for the letterers.

Illustrator will export all the objects in a document, meaning that if some lines go over the page boundary, the dimensions of the exported document will be increased to fit them in. To constrain the dimensions of an Illustrator document when exporting, I make a rectangle around the page boundary and convert it to crop marks using the "Make Crop Marks" command in the Object menu.

Lettering was added later by Tom Frame using a program called QuarkXpress.

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