Making seamless patterns in Illustrator

Posted on 02.05.2011 in adobe, design, tutorial | No Comments
Making seamless patterns in Illustrator

Then make them Global by double clicking each color and check the Global checkmark in the dialog box that opens. globalcolor3 You can also start by making a few boxes to match your colors and when you are satisfied you can make a Color Group by clicking the Color Group icon at the bottom of the Swatch panel. … First select the object in the upper left corner and drag the Appearance icon of the object to the Graphic Style panel. graphicstyles Now, placing any object over a 60 by 60 mm square and applying the Graphic style it will add the same effect to that object.

Contact Sheets in PDF in Bridge replace the older InDesign plug-in

Posted on 04.04.2011 in adobe, workflow | No Comments

For those who have been using different workspaces and even making their own customized workspaces in other CS applications will note that this Output workspace of Bridge brings features that are not available in the other workspaces. … Secondly, if you still want to use your own InDesign templates to make contact sheets you can buy a script for $30 from Creadtive Scripting I have not tried it myself but I have seen great reviews online from the InDesign dudes and dudettes.

Illustrator Keyboard Shortcuts for Foreign Languages

Posted on 30.03.2011 in adobe, productivity | No Comments

One good thing to remember is that this Set file can be found on the mac in ~/User/Preferences/Adobe Illustrator CS4 Settings/En_US (The En_US may be different for countries). … (If you are using CS3 or older you will get a yellow triangle saying that this already in use by Apply Last Filter command.

Grid Systems : Calculate grids for layouts in InDesign with the help of the Easy Grid Calculator

Posted on 01.12.2010 in adobe, design, grid systems, tutorial | 9 Comments

Set Left to 3 units and you will see from the Closest match that now we only need only to add one more unit to the Margins. … In the case when you want to use greater leading, smaller page size or even more columns and rows you will find it harder to make things fit.

Love relationship between Illustrator and FontLab broken with CS5

Posted on 26.09.2010 in adobe, type | 6 Comments

In the article Using Illustrator to draw fonts for importing into FontLab , which I wrote several years ago, I describe how nice it is to use Illustrator and FontLab together. … The only workaround I can think of so far is to make little box (let’s say 10×10 pt) within the glyph slot along with the glyph, position it on the 0.0 point corner and copy it over to Illustrator along with the glyph.

Customize QuickLook for fonts

Posted on 23.07.2010 in apple, tutorial, type | 5 Comments

Not only to see if it’s the font I am looking for, but also to see if the six glyphs specific for the Icelandic language, are in the font (which is a common problem) or, if they are, to see if they are drawn in a proper way and usable. quicklookfontscustom The problem however is that QuickLook does not have a character table for Icelandic, but the English one is used, leaving out those glyphs I am after. … The character sets are are kept in a file called SampleSupport.plist which is found at: /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/CoreText.framework/Versions/A Copy this path and in Finder go: Command + Shift + G and paste the path into the field and you will instantly brought to the right place.

6 links to help you get into grid based design

Posted on 15.07.2010 in grid systems, type | One Comment

I got a request from a designer who wants to get started with grid based design, or at least wants to know what it is all about. The question was like this: Can you recommend a good primer on grids? Seems to me all material I find on it is way beyond what I’d call […]

Grid Systems – Easy Grid Calculator

Posted on 24.05.2010 in grid systems, tutorial | 4 Comments

The Grid Calculator InDesign plug-in is by the way awesome because it not only calculates the grid but also sets the whole thing up in InDesign ready to go and ready to be saved for later use. … But it is also possible to play with number of columns and rows and fiddle with the units in the Margin section to let everything fit and the measurements for the margins are calculated at the same time.

My own bookstore… so to speak.

Posted on 22.03.2010 in crumbs | No Comments

It’s an affiliate linked showcase of books that I already have and like and I will add some others I would like to have or who are on my shopping list. … In the next few days I will add more of my books and also some others to give you a hint if you want to buy me one.

Diode lamp shows darkness and daylight

Posted on 28.02.2010 in design | 7 Comments

201002242010.jpg This is a concept for a diode light unit which I sent in for a competition held by The Illuminating Engineering Society of Iceland and Orkuveita Reykjavíkur (The Municipal Energy Grid). … You can choose between settings like showing only one day, where it also serves as a calendar, all the year at once, solstice, equinox or a clock and few other visual settings like running fast through every day of the year.