Ask Lena: CMKY vs RGB

Question What is the difference between are RGB file and a CMYK file? I understand the latter is needed to print, but what exactly is it? Answer The difference between RGB and CMYK is the difference between playing with flashlights and finger painting. Light: If you were to play with three different colored flashlights (Red, Green,…

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How to create a form with Adobe Acrobat

Creating a form with Adobe Acrobat (not the free Adobe Reader) is probably easier than you think. You will need: Adobe Acrobat (full version) A PDF of your form Create the basic form Create your form in whatever program you wish and save it as a PDF. Here I have created a simple form with…

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United Way Children's Book Illustration

For the last few years I’ve had the privilege of getting to do the design and layout for a series of Children’s books for the United Way. I got the opportunity to be more involved with the latest book with a chance to illustrate as well as lay out the book. From a designers point…

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Preview Separations in InDesign

Question How do I preview separations in InDesign? Answer InDesign has a great way to review your files and make sure your spot colors are spot colors and your process colors are process colors. Launch InDesign Go to Window –> Output –> Separations Preview Select “Separations” from the dropdown menu. From here you can turn…

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Design Contests: The Ugly Truth

Will Work for Cash Let’s say you have a successful company and want to do a little updating. You’ve decided that old logo is looking dated, and head to a design agency you know and trust for something new. They quote you $1,000 for a design, tell you that they’ll be researching your business and…

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Faster Loading PDFs with InDesign

Question Is there a special way to save PDFs from Indesign so they load faster on the internet. My client has their pdf brochures online and it takes forever to load. Answer Yes there is! When you export your PDF from InDesign, make sure you choose the Adobe PDF Preset “Smallest File Size” and check the box…

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Convert InDesign PDF to Grayscale

Question Do you know how to save an Indesign file as a Grayscale PDF? So far all I can figure out is to build the file in grayscale from the start. Including converting all the graphics to Gray before importing into Indesign. In Quark you can just click on save as grayscale in the PDF…

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Adobe Illustrator — How to Add Type to a Path

Question I am trying to do something in Illustrator and I can’t figure out how to make it happen. I want to make letters go in a semi-circle, and the help menu says to select Type -> Type on a Path -> and the option I want. My problem is that “Type on a Path”…

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Font Humor

If you enjoy or work with different fonts, you will probably find these very funny. Font Fight Font Conference

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Your Business Card is Crap!

I hesitated posting this video because I didn’t want people thinking I was trying to sell them an expensive business card design. But, this guy really made me laugh. The only thing funnier were some of the video comments. I posted a couple of them below the video. Don’t forget to add your own two…

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Is Your Million-Dollar Practice at Risk?

Recently, I had the pleasure of doing some work for Linda Harvey for a direct mail piece. Linda specializes in risk management in the medical and dental fields. I didn’t realize how many things needed to be kept up-to-date and monitored for these fields. Unless your employees are actively informed of new procedures, it seems…

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InDesign: Resize Document Window?

Question: Do you know what preference I need to adjust in Indesign CS4 to keep an opening document from filling the entire screen? Even if I adjust it to where I’d like it to stay and then close it, when I reopen it, it takes the whole 24″ of my screen. Answer: NOTE: New versions of…

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