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I am writing a book proposal in LaTeX. It will have a lot of graphics, most of which I will create, and I know how to deal with those. But I have gotten permission to reproduce some pictures from books. I'm having trouble making good graphics.

I tried copying the page on a copier, then cutting out the part I need, then scanning that, then inserting that figure. This is cumbersome, and the quality isn't good (I guess copying and then scanning each lose some quality). I've been doing this on a standard desktop all-in-one printer.

Does anyone have a better method?

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This seems off-topic to me: it's nothing to do with TeX at all. –  Joseph Wright Apr 13 '11 at 18:46

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Scan the pages with a flatbed scanner. Any recent model will do. Make sure you use 24-bit color and save to a lossless file format such as PNG or TIFF. These are your masters. You can then retouch and save a separate compressed version.

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When I have to add a picture, (if it's some graph) I scan it and make a new one in Illustrator (perfect for graphs). You can also use Photoshop for retouching... –  dingo_d Apr 13 '11 at 19:03
    
Thanks! I will try that. –  Peter Flom Apr 13 '11 at 20:43

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