Tuesday, 12 October 2010

in design workshop 1

Notes are as follow:

Be sure to set up the document correctly. Select the correct page size for your document. Be considerate of bleed in order to compensate for error. A standard bleed size is 3mm. Margins allow for you to have a consistent amount of white space around the page. You can select your number of pages that you want to work with. 'Facing pages' format means that you view the pages together as you would when reading a book or a magazine. For 'facing pages'. margins are considered for the inside and the outside of the pages that are together rather than the left and right for a single page.


In Design work with colour in a very similar way to Illustrator. Colour has to be applied to a frame. This can be done by clicking on a swatch of the desired colour. The same can be done for the stroke be clicking the stroke symbol behind the fill symbol.

Note the cyan and black depicting the fill and stroke colour at the top left of the below image.

The same can be done for text. You can switch between the background fill and the colour of the text itself.

This here can be used to switched between text and background colour:

After creating a new swatch, you can change the colour by double clicking on it. You are then free to change the CMYK values. The option to change tint is on the top right also. After changing, you are free to save the colour as a new swatch:

It is also possible to change the tint by doing so in the colour menu then clicking 'add to swatches' in the drop down menu on the right in the colour window:

The same process can be applied to spot Pantone colours. This is handy as it enables for an exact match of spot colours if you are importing an image in from Photoshop or Illustrator that is mono or duotone. This makes it easy for printing. For example, these two elements in this image are working with Pantone 286U:


  1. Needs to be in CMYK, Grayscale or Monotone
  2. Needs to be the ACTUAL SIZE that it needs to be for the In Design document
  3. Resolution needs to be 300dpi
  4. Has to be correct format. Either .TIF or .PSD.
  1. Illustrator works in CMYK also so it is okay for colour format
  2. Does NOT need to be actual size
  3. Resolution does not need to be considered
  4. Format can be .ai or you can copy and paste into In Design

  1. In Design works with low resolution versions of the images. They print fine.
  2. You must keep copies of the In Design images you are using in the same folder as your In Design file save. When sending to commercial print, this is a way of bundling everything together so it prints properly.
  3. Always include crop marks when printing.

In order to Window > Output > Separations Preview. The go to View > Separations. Here you can alter what colours you want to print or see. You can select the appropriate colours to print if you want to screen print the design. Make sure to get rid of the colours in the swatch pallet in order to be certain of no complications.

Here is the window that is needed in order to make the colour separations:

In order to make sure you print the colour separations correctly, you need to go to File > Print... > Output, then change the colour setting to 'Separations'. There is the option to print selected colours, although usually you will need all the colours. Then with the resulting prints, you can go and create your screens to screen print the design.

Then you need to add crop marks and registrations marks to the image for ease for the printer. This is done by going to Marks and Bleed in the print menu and selecting the relevant tick boxes.

All of this essential for correct printing of a design through a commercial printers. With the correct preparation for print, there will be no problems and no arguments with you client and the printer. You will result in getting paid for your job and possibly recommended to someone else.

Be seeing you!

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