Magazine Insert: How to…

Edit Compound Paths

The Slice_Logo file is a compound path
select layer > object > compound path > release > make


Adjust Brightness and Contrast

  • open – image
  • leave in RGB
  • cmd shift U – desaturate
  • check channels > will be in rgb
  • DO NOT use brightness/contrast
  • use levels and curves
  • cmd L cmd M
  • start with levels:

Levels:

  • set darkest point and lightest point – mid to set the mid range

Curves:

  • evenly distributes tone

Convert to CMYK

  • image – mode – grayscale NOT cmyk (for Black and White) 
  • grayscale is smaller than cmyk, tells machine only using 2 or 1 colors > black]

check changes in channels


Create Clipping Path

  • Use pen tool to make selection
  • select inverse
  • path:
  • make work path from selection
  • Save Path – name it
  • Paths:
  • clipping path – select path 
  • flatness [ 8 ] device pixels
  • word will get bold
  • white reveals, black conceals
  • delete background
  • Layer Flatten
  • save as tiff

Resize
check the scale X percentage in Indesign > in Photoshop

  • > Image > Image Size > units to percent > use exact percentage

Crop
check the new dimensions [width and height] in Indesign > in Photoshop

  • > Image > Canvas Size

Rotate
check the rotation angle in Indesign > in Photoshop >

  • > Edit > Free Transform > Set Rotation >  use exact angle [if there is a path. rotate the path as well]

OR

  • > Image > Image Rotation > Arbitrary > use exact angle

Screenshot a Window (for Disc Catalog)

  • Screen shot package folder (in second view) cmd shift 4 and spacebar, so >>>
  •  cmd shift 4 spacebar

Package an Indesign File

  • File
  • Package
  • Links and Images
  • Colors and Inks – should only have ONE colour = K if working in Black and White = White should be knocked out.
  • click package
  • FILL everything in the contact information
  • ok

 

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