If you have to generate PDF files for Print you may occasionally get a request from a print supplier asking to ‘remove the fonts’ from your PDF. If this has you heading back to your InDesign or Illustrator file to Outline all the text then stay tuned, all is not lost!
Creating Non-destuctive Grain in Photoshop
It’s often desirable to add grain to an image when working in Photoshop. Typically this will be a stylistic choice to achieve a certain look but grain can also be employed during more technical processes.
InDesign has a lot of paragraph settings that you can use, and here are some of the ones that I really like and store in my stylesheets…
One of the best shortcuts that my mac gives me is the ability to use QuickLook. This a beautiful shortcut that allows me to see an image or document without opening it up. What you do is select the file(s) that you wish to see and just press the spacebar.
Here’s a quick tip for taming saturation when adjusting contrast in Photoshop. In the example below I’ve added a Curves Adjustment layer and made an edit at the quarter tones – your typical contrast ‘S’ bend. The left side is masked to show the original uncorrected.
When laying out your page, occasionally you may come across the need to make sure another box (image or text) needs to be placed near a specific piece of text, and that it tracks that text. This means that when the text moves, the other box moves with it.
A very nice feature in Illustrator CC is the ability to create patterns. Basically you can create a collection of shapes, select them and then bring up the Pattern Options panel.