The purpose of this manual is to help me avoid issues that a designer might face when submitting their work. It’s a checklist of technical methods we have learned during the print projects we are working on. It allows me recognize the use of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.
- Illustrator: produce vectors
- Photoshop: edit raster images
- InDesign: merging (vectors and raster image)
Starting with Adobe Illustrator, I’ve learned:
- It’s a vector based program
- No size required
- Stretched and scaled without worrying about details.
- Place files and not drag them into the program.
- Delete colors that are not important in swatches (ALT + press each color)
- Swatch (black & white)
- Design mode (RGB)
- Production mode (CMYK)
- Change decimals numbers
- Vectors = digitalized
- Each vector must have its own document with one layer. (When designing your vector make sure it’s on a new document and not in another art board).
- Photo editing
- The vectors can be stretched/scaled without any issues.
- When uploading an image it should be a “.tiff”
- Resolution is 300 dpi.
- Color mode (Greyscale)
- When playing with black and white, use levels and curves.
- For clipping path (Black conceals, white reveals).
- Create clipping mask by using (pen tool).
- Work in (RGB), and when done convert it to (CMYK).
- Flatten image
- Bleed (5mm), bottom/slug (15mm)
- Color mode (RGB) then convert to (CMYK)
- Outline the types.
- When importing vectors, place files.
- When raster files (indd), check ppi (300).
- Check links.
- Packaging your file.
- Markup (make sure its on)