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HELIODOT-SR

Our most popular technique for b/w reproduction and overall unmatched enhancement of your halftone images.

HELIOCOLORDOT

If you are looking to enhance your color images, the HelioColorDot conversion is your best bet, as it is our most popular 4/c technique.

HELIOGRAPH

This is the original Heliogramme technique. It will add a unique and easily recognizable look to your image.

HELIOLINE

Perfect for corrugated reproduction and/or simulations of old school etches and lithographs.

HELIOCOLORGRAPH

A very dynamic and bold look for your color images. Not for every subject, but a stand-out reproduction, nonetheless.

HELIOSTRATION

This conversion contains a crosshatched pattern, embedded into the file. Perfect for dramatic landscapes.

HELIOCOLORSTRATION

This technique will add a dramatic look to your color images, which is certain to draw attention to your ad.

HELIOCOLLAGE

The HelioCollage offers you the opportunity to combine two or more conversion techniques into one file.

HELIOLINEAR

This conversion applies a horizontal or vertical line pattern to your image. Excellent for coarse line screen reproduction.

HELIOLINE DRAWING

A random curved-lines pattern is applied to your image to produce a combination between a lithograph and a rendering.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • With direct-to-plate technology and Photoshop experts everywhere, why should we pay Heliogramme to do what we already do in-house?
    Because what Heliogramme does might not be what you think. There are expert creative retouch artists everywhere. We make your hard work and creative expertise pay off with excellent print results. Our focus is producing what is required in the file to make it print with optimum results. We analyze every portion of the file, from shadow to highlight areas and build the conversion to allow the best possible definition to hold when pixels become line screens, and ultimately ink.

  • My clients don't have the budget for extra expense added to our print design charges. How can we justify the extra cost to them?
    The answer is How can you afford not to? As various digital and interactive media draw more and more from what used to be presented in print, less print is being produced. This means more attention is paid to what is printed. Print is not just about data and information. It is a visual medium and quality does matter. The cost of placement of ads in publications is enormous. Why would you spend thousands and thousands of dollars publishing an ad only to allow it to print flat, muddy and dull? You never get a second chance to make a first impression. For a few hundred dollars, you can save a full-page color newspaper ad, poster, trade show exhibit or package design that cost thousands to produce, from a disappointing print experience. You do the math.

  • What is a line conversion?
    A line conversion is the process for building patterns into a digital file containing gradient tones, or a digital file containing color hues, to improve the print reproduction or alter the file for unique creative effects.

  • What is a HelioGraph?
    The HelioGraph Line Conversion is our most recognizable technique: Loosely based on the traditional mezzo screen, the HelioGraph brings out all the texture, tone and detail of your original image and will reproduce with exceptional clarity in the newspaper or wherever it is used.

  • What is a HelioDot-SR?
    The HelioDot-SR Line Conversion is a technique that will make your images look sharp and ensure that all of the detail and type will be clean and legible - no matter where it is being reproduced.

  • What is a HelioColorDot?
    The HelioColorDot doesnt have the solid black line work of its black and white peer - the HelioDot-SR - but has crisp, solid color edges and is the ultimate in detail and separation. If you are going to spend the money on a four-color ad in the newspaper, this is well worth the fraction of the ad's total cost to have it look wonderful!

WHAT IS A STANDARD JOB WITH HELIOGRAMME?

Firstly, you can get in touch with us by phone (800.542.2466), email, or via the web form in the Contact page.

  • Tell us what type of image(s) you need - 4-color, b/w, or vector illustrations.

  • We need to know the final print size of the image(s) that are to be placed in your ad(s).

  • Based on the above info, we will promptly respond with a cost estimate. Usually within an hour of your enquiry.

  • Upload your high res files to our FTP site - instructions below.

  • Upon approval of the cost, we enter your job into production. Standard turnaround time is 24 hours.

  • You can review the conversions either by receiving hardcopy proofs (overnighted via FedEx) or emailed PDFs.

  • After the proofs are approved, we will email you a download link.

  • Finally, all you have to do is place the conversions in your page layouts and generate PDFs to send to the publications.

USEFUL LINKS

Download Instructions to our FTP site.
Download Our ReadMe file for specifications on the files we supply to you.

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The Ultimate Conversion

ABOUT HELIOGRAMME

Heliogramme is all about the Ultimate Conversion. We have provided line conversions to major advertisers in the United States, Canada and Europe from our Memphis base since 1987. Heliogramme has the most unique line conversion system available anywhere. Various distinctive techniques created from almost any conceivable source.

No one but Heliogramme has the black and white newspaper reproduction experience to ensure that your products look as good on newsprint as they look in the store. We offer plenty of options to create a distinct look for showing your products in black and white. Our range of conversion products includes HelioGraph, HelioDot-SR or even Line Art Illustrations, as well as other creative techniques. We have a solution to fit any taste, substrate and budget.

We also offer unmatched color conversions for optimum reproduction both in four-color newspaper and magazine ads. These conversion techniques can give your images that extra touch to help them stand out from others. Check out the HelioColorDot, HelioColorGraph and HelioColorStration.

If you are looking for a truly unique look for your ad or your entire ad campaign, our HelioCollage conversion technique can be the right solution.

Next time you leaf through a current issue of the Wall Street Journal, The USA Today, The New York Times, or any other major publications, chances are that those great looking images you see in some of the ads are actual Heliogramme conversions. So, don't wait. Give us a call and let our techniques make your ads pop off the page.

Origin of the name Heliogramme:

helio - [from Greek, from hēlios] sun;
gramme - [from Brittish] a metric unit of weight equal to one thousandth of a kilogram.

Heliogramme - the weight of light.

Heliogramme is based in Memphis, TN, a stone's throw from FedEx's central Hub of Operations.

Nowadays, almost all work and communication is managed over the phone and via the Internet, so location is not of much significance. But just so you know, we are in the Central Time zone.

How does a conversion happen?

Tell us if your ad is 4/c or b/w. Also the final print size of the image(s) placed in your ad(s). Standard turnaround is 24 hours. You can receive hardcopy proofs of the conversions or emailed PDFs.

For a step-by-step walkthrough of a standard job with us, check out our FAQ page.

The Ultimate Conversion

HELIOGRAMME PRICING

Our minumum size conversion is 10 square inches, i.e. a 3" x 3" image will be treated as a minumum size conversion. Our maximum size conversion is any image above 78 square inches and up to a full page newspaper ad size. Below are sample prices for one conversion at standard sizes.

Proofing: First round of b/w proofs are free of charge. Each color proof is $42 and up depending on size.
Multiple images discount: If you have several images to be converted in one job, the cost per conversion will be less than its individual unit price. The more image placed on one order, the lesser the price per conversion will be.

10" sq (min): $260.00

20" sq: $360.00

30" sq: $440.00

40" sq: $500.00

50" sq: $560.00

60" sq: $600.00

78" sq + (max): $670.00

10" sq (min): $210.00

20" sq: $310.00

30" sq: $390.00

40" sq: $450.00

50" sq: $510.00

60" sq: $550.00

78" sq + (max): $620.00

10" sq (min): $225.00

20" sq: $325.00

30" sq: $405.00

40" sq: $465.00

50" sq: $525.00

60" sq: $565.00

78" sq + (max): $635.00

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RECURRING OFFER - FREE TEST CONVERSION

Take advantage of this great offer and get a free test conversion of your image. You can send us any type of visual that is within the 8.5" x 10" size range. We will convert it to the technique of your choice and email you a download link from which you will obtain a high resolution PDF of the converted image. You will be able to print it and examine it all you want. This is a great way to show your client what Heliogramme is really all about.

The free test is offered solely for comparison purposes. Should you want to publish the conversion, then its standard price would be in effect.

Just call or email us with this code - FREETESTPDF - to receive your free test today!

What we need

We need an image that is in high resolution - at least 300 ppi.

We have set a size limitation of 8.5" x 11" or thereabouts. A conversion at these dimensions is more than sufficient example of the chosen technique. You will receive a hi-res PDF, which can be printed for testing purposes.

* The free test can be of any conversion technique with the exceptions of our Vector illustrations - Helio Line Drawing & HelioHedcut.

Examples

Here are several examples of what you will receive from this free test:

Download a HelioColorDot example as a PDF.
Download a HelioDot-SR example as a PDF.
Download a HelioGraph example as a PDF.
Download a HelioLine example as a PDF.

You can choose your image to be converted to one of 10 of our techniques.