First, we had to choose a topic that we are interested in, the first thing that came to my mind are horses. Since I’m very interested in Arabian horses I chose my zine to be about The Beauty of Arabian Horses.
Creating a persona helped me to focus on a specific topic for my zine. For example, my persona was a Qatari rich man who is passionate about Arabian horses, he was a horse rider and now he owns horses. So, I focused on the beauty of Arabian horses in terms of creation. We had also to create a mood board, which actually helped me a lot to choose the color pallet, type, pictures and patterns so I had a picture of what the zine would look like.
I chose my zine to be in Arabic to keep up with design and because my topic about Arabian horses I wanted to make it easy for my personas/audience to browse. I’m not that person who love to work by hands, so working away from the computer wasn’t a good idea “for me”. I prefer to work digitally, it saves a lot of time but in this project I used my hand 100%, it gets me nervous somehow but it helped me to think and see things in different perspective.
For the papers material I chose a “newspaper material” thin paper, which is a combination of recycled matter and wood pulp, and is not intended to last very long. I want it to look like an old zine that actually Arabs use it for daily browsing.
We started the project by visiting AlRawaq exhibition, it was an exciting experience. We had a look at Dia AlAzzawi works and got some ideas and inspiration for our next project. What catch my attention is that the facial expressive faces, it has a lot of emotional and depth feeling I feel that it tells something and I think the faces express the feeling that was felt by the artist.
By using the laser cut I created a shadow book that shows the expressive faces, from 1963s to 2003s Dia Alazzawi artworks. The process was so gratifying, as I created before a shadow book for another class, the process was so pleasurable. The only thing I stressed about while creating the shadow book is that some faces has a lot of details and I had to redraw it and make it seems more geometrical to facilitate the cutting process.
For the outcome, I had to change some techniques because of the size of the shadow book but I’m satisfied, I really enjoyed this project and all of us done a really great work.
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)