Here is the second of two Shining and the Darkness guides (or Shining in the Darkness, as it's known in the USA). Not sure why the name was changed, since it also changes the meaning. If I had been asked, I would have called it "The Shining and The Darkness," but at least I can be grateful it isn't "The Shining Darkness," which doesn't make much sense.
Don't tell anyone, but sometimes I struggle to come up with anything meaningful to say when I post this stuff...😆
It's been a while since I've scanned any USA mags, but my impression is that they have much larger fonts than the mags I'm used to. So smaller sizes are probably adequate.
But since you'll be editing some Dengeki PlayStations, I want to warn you that 2200 is probably not good enough. There are many different font sizes throughout the mags, of course, and 2200 is fine for some of them, but for the smaller fonts, it just isn't good enough (there's a reason that 300dpi is the recommended size for OCRing alphabetic text, but for Japanese text, 600dpi is recommended).
Let me explain the comparison picture I'm posting below. In the center is a bit of text from a 2200 Swatpro. On the left is a bit of text from a Dengeki PlayStation which I saved at 2200. As you can see, after reducing the DP page to 2200, the text was much smaller than the Swatpro text (since the actual print on the page is smaller), so for comparison's sake, I then increased the scale of the DP text until it matched the Swatpro text in size when side by side (the pic on the right.) The results are not good. This text is on the smaller side, but it is NOT fine print, and is meant to be read (it's the caption for a picture), but at 2200 it's quite blurry (albeit readable).
I realize that I'm usually the only one dealing with Japanese text, but since you've got 4 in the pipeline, I caution you to make sure that everything is crisp, because unlike the few simple lines of an alphabetic character, you're dealing with characters that sometimes have upwards of 10, 15, even 20 or more strokes. And ironically are usually printed smaller than their alphabetic counterparts.😅
Btw, here's another pic, again using a picture caption which has been sized to match Swatpro's font size. This time, the picture is included as well (a reader's postcard.) The postcard is rendered almost completely illegible at 2200px, and in all honesty would probably be hard to read at anything under 600dpi (though it could be argued that it's impossible to read on the magazine page itself unless you have eagle vision or a magnifying glass).
The magazine I edited last night was scanned on my Fujitsu. The original files sizes range from 7MB to 22MB, depending on the detail of each page. The versions I have at a height of 3240 pixels average about 2.5MB, with the lowest being 1.1MB and the largest being 5MB; most hover around 2-3MB. At 2200 pixels in height most pages are around 1.2MB in size.