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So I want to include this pic on a shirt and I want to do things right b4 i show it to my printer. I dont want him to think I'm a major rookie.

So I want to remix the picture below by adding nails to her hand, earings, etc. The nails will have an airbrushed look with a few colors. But I've heard this is a challange when screening. Of course I'm doing all this in photoshop, which makes it a raster.

Can I just import it into Illistrator to take care of that? Will there be a problem when printing a number of colors on a nail? What advice can you all give me? Does the resolution matter if i'm bringing it into Ill?

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I say finish your work in Photoshop. Importing the image into Illustrator isn't going to make it any easier, unless you are going to add some vector elements like maybe some text. If you have a good screenprinter, I would think they could separate it into as many colors as needed.
 

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If you have a good screenprinter, I would think they could separate it into as many colors as needed.
I fully agree with Kenn there :) Use as high of resolution as possible in photoshop (start with 300dpi+ source images) and your printer should take care of the color separations.
 

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Illustrator won't help. Since the image is a raster, even importing it into illustrator will keep it rastered = even in illustrator it will loose sharpness when enlarged. Unless of course you want to go into the trouble of tracing the image all out in illustrator (but that's another story).

It is obvious that you should work with 300 dpi (or more) but always remember. You must have high-resolution images to start with since enlarging a low-res image to 300dpi won't make it sharp.
 

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It is obvious that you should work with 300 dpi (or more)...
Not obvious to everyone :) We're all at different skill levels here.

Anyone know if I need to apply the "halftone" filter? Someone told me I need to do that with pictures
I wouldn't worry about applying a half-tone filter to the image. I would focus on starting with a high resolution image and let the printer handle the half tones and color separations that are needed to reproduce your image correctly.
 

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Sorry to keep on, but the image I;m using is from the internet. I changed my resolution to 300dpi. Is that all i need to do? It looks okay.

Do designs such as what I described tend to be pricey$$$?
 

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Rebelesque said:
Sorry to keep on, but the image I;m using is from the internet. I changed my resolution to 300dpi. Is that all i need to do? It looks okay.
If you copied a picture from the internet (which is typically 72 dpi) and changed the resolution to 300 dpi in Photoshop, that does not automatically make it hi-resolution unless you un-check the "Resample Image" box.

For example, the image you've attached is about 6.5" x 8.25" at 72 dpi. Un-check the "Resample Image" box and change the resolution to 300. The image is higher resolution, but now it's only 1.6" x 2".

You can't add pixels to a low-res picture and make it hi-res. You have to start with the pixel data at the beginning.

Resolution can be a confusing issue for those that don't know how to use it properly. I still struggle with figuring it out sometimes.
 

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You should also make sure that there are no copyright issues with the image you are using.
which means -- if you want to get it for free -- that you should either get it from a free stock photo collection like SXC or just take the photo yourself. ;)
 

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which means -- if you want to get it for free -- that you should either get it from a free stock photo collection like SXC
Not quite. It is still illegal to SELL images from most stock phtography sites (INCLUDING that one). You'll still have to ask for permission from the copyright holder (whoever made the image) if you want to use it in such a way.
 

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...and taking it yourself isn't always enough to make it legal either (right to publicity, etc.)
 

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i agree with the posts above me - copyrights are a pain to deal with but VERY important - photos you did not personally takes you ALWAYS need permission to use (some people post them with a note saying there is permission) - photos YOU take might even be violations - if they are of celebrities etc.

it is worth much mroe to spend 10 minutes researching it now - rather then 10 years paying off the lawsuit...
 

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Wonder how all those tabloids take those shots and either sell them or print them for profits.
Different industry with different rules.

Selling merchandise for sale with someone's picture is (whether fortunately or unfortunately) regarded differently than a magazine, newspaper or TV using a celebrity image.
 

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MotoskinGraphix said:
Wonder how all those tabloids take those shots and either sell them or print them for profits.
A combination of staying within the law (public place, not misrepresented, etc.), implied blackmail (i.e. you may not like that we published this photo but if you sue us we'll make you regret it), and no doubt the occasional lawsuit in which they don't get away with it.
 
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