Use 300 DPI monochrome for most purposes.
Use 600 DPI monochrome if you are creating a permanent archive versions.
Use 600 DPI greyscale if you need to preserve pencilled annotations.
If you have many pages to print, make sure you have an efficient workflow.
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You can do this, but there are at least three distinct methods. Each has different compromises.
The destination: single PDF
For the purposes of this exercise, we want to finish with a single PDF document, storing the entire book. This is what you want almost all the time, including:
- Printing yourself, with the printer on your desk
- Sending files to other people to download and print
- Taking to your local print shop
- Selling via print-on-demand
PDF may not not be sufficient if:
- You want to share work other people can edit – for this, provide your original notation file and also export to MusicXML
- You want to distribute your music with interactive playback or video – tools exist for this, but are too complex to discuss here
- You are working for a major publisher – in this case, they should provide specific file and formatting guidelines
So, how do we go from notation to a single PDF?
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Vector graphics are images defined by shape coordinates, instead of the more common method of defining them by pixels.
You should use vector graphics whenever a vector file exists and the application you use can read it. Neither circumstance is as common as it should be.
Below is a picture. Take a moment to think about how you would describe it.
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