Flags of the World - Technical FAQ
Professional Quality Postscript National Flags
Q: What's the best application to work with the EPS Flags? :
A: The preferred application for handling EPS files is Adobe Illustrator - this gives you complete vector control over sizing, coloring and manipulating the flags. Macromedia FreeHand and Corel Draw work equally well. The EPS Flags can be placed in Quark Xpress and Adobe Indesign. There are many other applications that will open or import EPS vector graphics.
Q: What is the dpi resolution of the Flags? :
A: The Flags are not bitmap graphics, therefore there is no DPI as such. They are supplied in the EPS (encapsulated postscript) vector format and can be opened in Adobe Illustrator or Macromedia FreeHand or Corel Draw. EPS is the industry standard for drawing, layout and artwork... anything that is not photographic or bitmapped.
EPS means that the file format is a mathematical string of commands indicating direction, color and width, etc. You are able to drag and resize the EPS format graphics out to any size, be it for postcard through to 100 ft advertisement billboards, and maintain the graphic quality of the object.
Once opened in Adobe Illustrator, the image can be exported to any bitmap format, and you can designate the dpi you need in the specifications dialog box... please see next question below for more details. Download one of the sample flags and try it out!
Q: Can I use the flags in a bitmap application such as Photoshop? :
A: The EPS files can be imported into Adobe Photoshop - you will have to specify the quality and resolution since Photoshop is rasterizing the vector graphic. Normally vector EPS are completely resizable however once you convert the vector graphic to a bitmap graphic it will become one specific pixel size.
WARNING: If you open the flag EPS with Photoshop, default settings may be used to rasterize the image which may produce a low quality rendering. Make sure you open the file from within Photoshop and use the dialog box "Rasterize Generic EPS Format" so that you have full control over the bitmap image generated. You can select output quality and you should use the highest quality available (300 dpi) or specify custom and use a higher dpi; you can resample that dpi down later when you decide on the resolution of the bitmap graphic for the job.
Q: Can I use the flags an application such as Word? :
A: If you are using Word for Windows or a similar application, you can use the EPS flags. In your Word document, just go to Insert > Picture > From File > navigate to the flag location, directory and then select an EPS flag file to insert. Once inserted, click on the flag and you should see 8 handles that will allow you to adjust the size of the flag. Use the handles on the 4 corners of the flag to resize and maintain the original proportionality of the flag.
Q: How are the Pantone colors identified? :
A: The Pantone color PMS have been converted to four color process color to reproduce the EPS flags.
Q: How are the flag sizes proportioned? :
A: All flags have different ratios. Since the primary target market for this product are graphic designers and advertising agency, the decision was make to keep all the flags at the same ratio. This allows the designer the continuity to create wider variety of design options. The alternative would be a designers nightmare. All the images are Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) files. Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) is a graphic language that allows images to be scaled and rotated while retaining an object's integrity. With the use of a Postscript Drawing program, you can edit, scales or modify the images.
Q: What is the Flags of the World upgrade path? :
A: The updates are handled directly from our registration database. Updates for the full collection are usually between $29 and $49, depending on the size of the update. Providing a registration card has been sent in, clients are notified by mail or email as to the availability of the update. Updates for flags are usually released in late spring. If you have purchased 45 days prior to an update being issued, the update is free of charge - shipping is $5 within the USA.
Q: On Macintosh, is there a viewer application for EPS flags? :
A: There is shareware application called Mac GS View at http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/macos/ that will open or import EPS vector graphics.
Q: The South Korea flag appears to be reversed? :
A: Yes, some editions of Flags of the World have the flag reversed. You can download a replacement file below.
South Korea flag
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