FAQ Graphics Related

Graphics Related

What's a PDF file? Can I use an EPS file? What's the difference between Japanese Quark, and English Quark? In graphics, there are bound to be many questions you'll need answered in order to get a better feel for the project. Probably the most important question being, "How is this all going to work?" Well, in this area, we've put together questions related to the graphics side of things to get your started.

Q: What type of graphics files can you handle?

A: We can handle files from nearly all the top graphics applications available. This includes, but is not limited to: QuarkXPress, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe ImageReady, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Pagemaker, Adobe Acrobat, and more.

Q: What if I don't have the original electronic file, can we still proceed?

A: Yes. Original electronic files make it much easier to proceed with any project, however, even without them, a project can still go on.

Q: How exactly is the graphics side done?

A: Luna Concepts has a network of Graphics Professionals who are fluent in the latest graphics applications and necessary tools to complete your goals. When translated text is placed into a document, the work is then proofed and re-proofed by Native Language Specialists to ensure accuracy.

Q: I want to have my brochure localized into Japanese. How will I be able to work with Japanese characters in my document?

A: Unless you have a Japanese operating system (or language kit), a Japanese enabled graphics application, and a nice selection of Japanese fonts, you won't be able to use Japanese in your document. This is where we come in. We have all the necessary tools, fonts, and applications to do graphics in Japanese (or Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, etc.) This is the core of our business. Take advantage of our knowledge and expertise in this area and have Luna Concepts do your next multilingual project.

Q: So can I open a Japanese QuarkXPress file in my US Version of QuarkXPress?

A: No. In order to use double-byte Asian characters such as Japanese, Chinese and Korean, you will need to own the native versions of QuarkXPress for that particular language. This is where we come in. We have invested in these capabilities, so let us go to work for you!

Q: What is "Double-Byte" Encoding?

A: Double-Byte Encoding is used to describe languages like Japanese, Chinese and Korean which take two bytes of data to represent a single character as opposed to one byte for European languages. Since there are roughly 32,000 different characters which need to be accessible for these Asian languages, certain page layout applications like QuarkXPress require native language versions in order to use double-byte languages.

Q: What type of graphics files will I receive back as a "Final Deliverable"?

A: Again, projects vary. However, for graphics related projects, there are many options to choose from. We can submit back to you 1. An electronic file (in the same file format, or in another format of your choice). 2. An assembled Outline EPS file (this is usually used for target languages like Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Thai, Greek, and others.) With the wide variety of file formats to choose from, the choice is yours.

Q: What is an Outlined EPS File?

A: "EPS" stands for Encapsulated PostScript. An Outlined EPS file is a graphics file that can be placed into a page layout application as a "picture". In the simplest terms, when we do work in languages which have font or operating system limitations (such as Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Russian, etc.) we can convert the text on the page into a "picture". This Outlined EPS file, or "picture" can then be reassembled back into an English original layout, to produce a document which is fully multilingual, yet does not require any specialized fonts or system resources.

Q: Can edits be made to an Outlined EPS file just like text?

A: No. Once a file has been converted into an outlined EPS format, the text is now a graphic. Thus, any edits would have to be made to the original document, and then have the page re-outlined into a graphic.

Q: What is a PDF file?

A: PDF stands for Portable Document Format. It's a distribution format developed by Adobe Corporation to allow electronic information to be transferred between various types of computers, in various languages. The software which allows this transfer is called Acrobat. In order to view and print a PDF file you will first need to download and install a copy of the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Downloads are available free for both Macintosh and Windows systems. Click here to download.

Q: Why is a PDF file important?

A: The lure of PDF files is that it they are small in file size, cross-platform, and multilingual. All fonts and styles are imbedded in the PDF file itself. Thus, we could create a localized order form for your business in PDF format. Users could then download this order form in their native language and begin to purchase your items over the net. You will not have to worry about the look and feel of your documents changing over different platforms. With PDF, it remains a constant.

Q: How do you match up foreign language fonts with our original?

A: Our Graphics Specialists will match up the fonts from your client original, to a similar font in your desired foreign language. For example, if your original has a san serif font like Helvetica, and your target language is Korean, then we will match your use of Helvetica with a similar san serif Korean font of the same weight.

Q: Is it possible to see what foreign language fonts you have to choose from?

A: Yes. Font variety is our strong point. We like to give clients the option to choose from a wide variety of fonts if they wish. Choose from the Font Sample sheets below. You will need to view these files using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

DynaFont Japanese Font Sheet Samples

Monotype Simplified Chinese Font Samples

Monotype Traditional Chinese Font Samples

Korean Font Sheet Samples

Russian Font Sheet Samples

Eastern European & Greek Font Sample Sheets

Vietnamese Font Sheet Samples

Thai Font Sheet Samples

Q: Why do you use TrueType Asian Fonts?

A: Normally, in an English graphics file, it's never a good idea to use TrueType fonts in graphics applications. However, with Asian fonts, the rules are slightly different. TrueType fonts contain the printer font information and the screen font information in one package. Depending on your final deliverable, Asian TrueType fonts can be ideally suited for your needs. Some Asian font companies like FontWorks, do not offer TrueType versions.