Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Design for Print//software workshop

InDesign

primary text frame: 
useful for a document with mostly text (and a lot of text) allows the text to flow across all the pages, if there aren't enough pages, primary text frame adds any other necessary pages 

print- marks and bleed- include slug area
(to print anything in slug area)



master page:
every new document has one master page and all other pages are based on it
master page, similar to a template
anything placed on master page will be included in other pages
e.g. page numbering, headers...

double click on the master page to locate it, then anything added to that page (such as, a black rectangle) this will appear on all other pages


command+shift to delete/unlock a master page item on any page

pages menu- new master 
to add a new master page
useful for when there are different repeated pages through document
e.g. chapter headings

command+shift+ < or >
shortcut to resize text

Applying Colour

new colour swatches (from swatch menu)
same as in Illustrator

to cerate a tint, select colour in swatch library then in the menu option select new tint swatch and adjust tint slider


Considerations for...

PHOTOSHOP
1) cmyk or greyscale
2) 300 dpi
3) actual size images
4) save as psd or tiff file
(psd- transparency)

ILLUSTRATOR
1) cmyk
2) AI or copy+paste

...when preparing for print

if a duotone image is placed into an InDesign file, then the spot colours used will automatically appear in the swatch library

in order to apply a spot colour to an image when working in InDesign, select the circles within the image box and change colour using swatch library
will only work with greyscale TIFF files


you can use the links panel to update or adjust the image
right click on image for menu selection


or hold down alt and double click on image for it to open in Preview/Photoshop
settings can be changed with regards to what programme is used when TIFF file is opened


a direct link can now be created
so when image is updated on Photoshop, it will automatically update on InDesign file also


to remove a background on a Photoshop image, double click on the layer and click ok, then use the magic wand tool to select background and simply delete
when saving a file that uses transparency then make sure that file is saved as a PSD


Separating the Colours

window- output- separations preview


each individual colour channel is displayed as a greyscale image, showing how much of that particular colour will be used and where it will be applied during the printing process


it is important to remember not to include any unused spot colours from the swatches palette otherwise it could be used to create a positive- they need to be deleted

window- output- attributes
allows for overprint (when you want colours to merge or if a specific spot colour is used as a signifier to the printer for a spot varnish to be printed)

will only be able to preview when in separations preview

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