16 Prepress Tips for Graphic Designers

Posted on 03.11.2009 in productivity, workflow | One Comment

guestblog I recently wrote my first guest-blog, called Prepress Tips for Graphic Designers on David Airey’s blog . … But at least there is fun involved and at blogs that size (16.000 readers) there are more comments to deal with and lively discussions.

The Tech of Font Management on Mac OsX

Posted on 18.09.2009 in type | One Comment

If you desire to read a long article (meaning many words) filled with knowledge (lots of words you may not have known before) about how to manage fonts on the mac. … This article could and should also be updated too in the light of the latest changes in Snow Leopard font handling, but it is still a great read.

Selfportraits in Illustrator

Posted on 14.09.2009 in design | 4 Comments

I showed this to the students but gave them absolute freedom to use what they had learned in this short time. … All the portraits look very much like the author, even the cubic one 😀 So here you go, an exhibition: self6 self11 self18self8 self23 self22 self16self7 self2 self3 self4 self22 self10self19 self5 self13 self17 self9 self15

Close your fonts to fix Illustrator freeze, crash and sluggishness

Posted on 06.09.2009 in adobe | No Comments

That means what even if you delete font sets (a set of aliases/links to the fonts) the correct fonts will open in Illustrator when it calls for it even if you closed all your fonts to start with. … I hope this persuades you to let go and close all your fonts when Illustrator is really acting up because this is fast, no risk and you don’t have to be a tech geek to do this.

The Grid Calculator

Posted on 27.08.2009 in grid systems, type | No Comments

It means you can leave Grid Calculator and paste the information into the document you are working on and don’t have to go back and forth to copy one field at the time. … So, if you are ready to jump on the grid bandwagon, read my articles about grid making in Illustrator and use the Grid Calculator to speed up the process.

Sync Things easily between Macs

Posted on 23.08.2009 in productivity | 5 Comments

I have been using me.com (former mac.com) service from the time it started (sigurarm@mac.com) but I have to say, that although I like it a lot to host my pictures, sync my iCal calendar and more, it is very slow for me. … Dropbox is similar to the iDisk in that a centralized server somewhere out there makes a copy of everything you put on it and if you open your account on another computer you will have a copy there too.

Convert CMYK swatches to Pantone numbers in Illustrator

Posted on 24.07.2009 in adobe, design, tutorial | 38 Comments

But notice the white triangle that is added to the swatches, which means that the colors are now Global. convertpan07 This results in a new Color Group , where the selected colors are grouped together inside the Swatches panel. convertpan09 Select the Color Group inside the Swatches panel. … The Pantone Swatch Libraries are under Color Books and as an example choose: Pantone solid coated and let go. convertpan12 Now watch the difference we have here: Over the button we just released it says: PANTONE solid coated and in the upper left corner you see that a dot has been added to the white triangle , meaning that we now have changed the Color Group to spot colors, which Pantone colors are . convertpan13 Before you click OK be sure that Recolor Art is checked.

Wallpaper : Geigy Chemicals

Posted on 23.07.2009 in design, grid systems | No Comments

geigychemicals A chemical can shown with this article on AisleOne inspired me to make this wallpaper which is free for you to download and use on your computer. Size is 1920×1200 px.

Converting colors between different color systems

Posted on 23.07.2009 in workflow | 3 Comments

These systems are like RAL which is commonly used for car paint and plastics, NCS which is a common system for house paint colors and many more I am sure you have not heard of. Your client might call you and say something like this: „There is this company in Germany which is going to paint my new Lear-jet in our company’s colors.

Wallpaper : Font Anatomy

Posted on 06.07.2009 in design, type | 105 Comments

The ones that seemed to fit the best like Times for instance I didn’t want to use and some I wanted to use didn’t have all the major part names. … Finally: Be my guest and download this Anatomy of Type in the form of a wallpaper or desktop picture which you can keep and use on your computer.