Wednesday, 20 November 2013

OUGD504: STUDY TASK 1 - Design For Print // Creative Suite Session - inDesign

Print dialogue box is used to control the settings of your page before you print.

  • You can use the Start page no icon to chose the page will be number 1 in your document, if you were using the pages for binding, for example. 

The swatches panel in inDesign is much simpler than Photoshop and Illustrator. There are only 7 colours initially.

  • You can then create swatches using the create new swatch button, which gives you a dialogue box, similar to illustrators'.
  • You can also create tints, like you can in Illustrator. 
These are adjustable, then you  alter the global swatches' colour balance, it will change the tints.

You can also work with spot colours, you can chose from these in a drop down menu when you create a new swatch, or create a new spot colour.

  • You can find the swatches in pantone referencing or using the value code.
  • Tints can be created in exactly the same way as before - using the opacity changer slider in the menu.

Working with duotone images.
  • When you copy a duotone image into inDesign, it will add the two swatches to the swatches menu.

This also works with spot colours, from Photoshop and Illustrator documents.

Things to consider when creating something for commercial print process

  • Colour mode, assure it's CMYK. Remember to check the gamut warning and the colour chart.
  • Actual size documents, too small you will lower the print quality. Too large, you will be working with unnecessarily large files. 
  • Image resolution, make sure it's at least 300DIP. 
  • Save either as a TIFF or a PSD file format. 
  • Work with CMYK or Spot Colours
  • Save as .AI files
  • You can copy and paste between inDesign. 
  • If you go to window > output > Separations Preview you can view all the inks featured in the design.
  • You can separately view the inks like you can with channels in Photoshop.

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