Design

Even though I spend a fair amount of time with InDesign, I wouldn’t call myself a designer. That doesn’t stop me from having a couple of things to say about design. In fact, on the Internet you don’t need to know anything about a subject to have an opinion about it. So there you go….

Design basics

This section goes into more detail on some graphic design fundamentals. Currently the focus is on technical design basics but I hope to add artistic considerations as well at some point in time. Don’t forget to also check the font section of this site, especially the pages about interesting, popular and hated typefaces.

Design for troublefree output

I may not be a designer but I spend years tinkering with other people’s masterpieces, trying to output them on a proofer, an imagesetter or a CtP device. Here is a long list of things that a good designer takes care of so that his or her job gets printed the way a customer likes it.

Troubleshooting InDesign

Adobe InDesign is a pretty robust application but over the years I have had a few issues with it. This page contains a summary of all the troubleshooting tips and tricks that can be found on the web.

Links, products & stuff

Links to other sites, newsgroups, mailing list and books worth reading.

8 August 2013

16 Responses to “Design”

  1. Brian Mapes says:

    Hi PrePressure, I like the name, its how I feel about obtaining high quality work. To cut to the chaste, I am new to your site and will have to review the material to actually create a question that is not answered within the contents of the web. So three cheers to you!!
    But if you have an address which has information about creating prints from digital files, please send it along with an address in which to become a member of your web. Lets get accurate and rich. Brian

  2. Senkungu Samson Mubazzi Jr. says:

    Hi, I appreciate the Prepressure knowledge, it has helped me so much in improving my design skills, however i still wonder why some people prefer saving EPS to use in press istead of using TIFF. What is your view here? How would you advice?

  3. flantronics says:

    how dare you remove my valid and informative comment!
    Mr. Mubazzi Jnr. I aggree with your statement.

  4. Laurens says:

    InDesignSecrets.com has a great thread in which they challenge people to come up with a good reason to still use EPS: http://indesignsecrets.com/my-100-eps-challenge.php
    Spoiler: there is no good reason. Most people who use EPS do so because that is what worked ten years ago so they keep doing it that way.
    As for comment removals: fake e-mail addresses or URLs have that effect on me.

    • mary jackson says:

      Hi Lauren,

      I beg to differ, sure both are compatible file formats in the industry, and where I have mainly worked they prefer EPS file format to TIFF, but there are reasons why you would choose one over the over, particularly when creating artwork in photoshop, one file format supports different artwork techniques over the other. I use EPS for photos, TIFF for linework (that was the way I was taught in the industry through Uni/TAFE/industry/College.

  5. dj says:

    Hiya Laurens:

    Love checking the blog to see if the spam is getting through the filters. That comment #1 looks fake to me too or maybe I have gotten paranoid over the years. You should google xrumer and check it out, that’s where a lot of the spam comes from nowadays.

  6. Your article reminded me of a thought I had today; There should be a term for prepress-oriented ‘designers’ (like myself) who didn’t go to design school, but who are asked to design for the shop’s customers anyway. What we lack in educated design sensibility we compensate with technical knowledge.

  7. shine says:

    plese using adobe page maker converting to eps file

    regards
    shine

  8. Subyendu says:

    when im using body font its maybe Serif or sanserif, whats the standered leading should I take for printing

    • mary jackson says:

      Hi hows it going,

      Standard leading for type is always 2 pt leading, so if you have 10pt type you would use 12pt leading i.e. 10pt/12pt. This is the industry specification but it depends on your eye and you can adjust it if you feel warranted. Golden rule never go less than 1 1/2pt leading type is too closed up then.

    • Laurens says:

      I disagree, because the standard rule for leading is that it is 1.2 times the type size. For 10 point type, that is indeed a leading of 12 points. However, for large 200 point text in a poster the standard leading will be 200×1.2 or 240 points. With your rule it would be 202 points and that would cause characters to touch each other.

  9. mary jackson says:

    Hi just reading the comments. TIFF versus EPS, well in my learned experience I believe you use a TIFF when you are colouring a BITMAP file, you can’t convert the file to EPS and have the same results. Clipping paths will only work when the file is saved as an EPS. There are reasons why you would use one over the other. Printing processes also figure quite prominently when choosing different file formats. Print production/graphic design/prepress requires years and years of experience/training in this process people will gain a much richer/deeper understanding of file formats and many, many other areas.

  10. mary jackson says:

    Hi just reading the comments. TIFF versus EPS, well in my learned experience I believe you use a TIFF when you are colouring a BITMAP file, you can’t convert the file to EPS and have the same results. Clipping paths will only work when the file is saved as an EPS. There are reasons why you would use one over the other. Printing processes also figure quite prominently when choosing different file formats. Print production/graphic design/prepress requires years and years of experience/training in this process people will gain a much richer/deeper understanding of file formats and many, many other areas.

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  11. Tim - web says:

    Wow! Great information. For printing we try to use EPS, some customers sent files in different formats like TIFF and we convert those to EPS, but sometimes the files don’t work good because some customers use a old version for ESP and/or TIFF. Sometimes the easy way is to re-make the design than deal with the old-version…

    Nice blog!

  12. yursarn says:

    The webpage provided to us has some exciting characteristics. It realy improve my knowledge about the topic.

  13. Indian Law says:

    Why can’t I use gimp for the same think? I mean it is free and open source :)


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