Oliver Jeffers on art, the universe and everything

One of the joys of being a parent is in discovering and sharing books with your child. Both I and my daughter have been consistently charmed and delighted by the work of Oliver Jeffers. His books, including The Day The Crayons Quit, The Great Paper Caper and The Incredible Book Eating Boy, are beautifully illustrated but have a quirky, sideways view of the world which is surreal, amusing  and thought-provoking.

Jeffers has recently become a Dad himself and his new book, Here We Are, is an introduction to Planet Earth for his own child.

Read more about the curious world of Oliver Jeffers at Creative Review (free account required).

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Recent design work October 17

We just updated our Adobe Behance pages with some of our recent design work.

Image of Cover from Northern Lighthouse Board Journal 2017.
Cover from Northern Lighthouse Board Journal 2017.
Image of Sample page from Northern Lighthouse Board Journal 2017.
Sample page from Northern Lighthouse Board Journal 2017.
Image of Sample page from Northern Lighthouse Board Journal 2017.
Sample page from Northern Lighthouse Board Journal 2017.
Picture of Logo for Highland Coffees roastery in Comrie, Perthshire.
Logo for Highland Coffees roastery in Comrie, Perthshire.
Picture of Display flag for Highland Coffees roastery.
Display flag for Highland Coffees roastery in Comrie, Perthshire..
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Accessible PDFs in Acrobat DC: Tagging Content as an Artifact

Creating accessible PDF’s can be a tricky business especially when it comes to understanding how to handle non text or image elements. In this article, Adobe’s Rob Haverty explains how to use Artifacts in your accessible PDF workflow.

 

Source: Accessible PDFs in Acrobat DC: Tagging Content as an Artifact | Adobe Document Cloud

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Adobe introduces free OCR Scanning app

If you have a full Creative Cloud or just an Acrobat DC subscription, you’ll be interested to know that Adobe has just launched Adobe Scan. Scan is a free document scanning app (available on iOS or Android) that uses Optical Character Scanning (OCR) to convert text in images into editable text. All you need to do is point your device at a document, the app takes a picture and uploads it to the Document Cloud Servers. When you access the PDF version from any device, you’ll find the text selectable and editable.

On a first test we found the process simplicity itself though the resulting text was subject to some random and missing characters so we recommend making sure your document is positioned completely flat in a well-lit area to minimise conversion errors.

Picture of Adobe Scan test file
Adobe Scan test file

 

Source: Introducing Adobe Scan | Adobe Document Cloud

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Amazon’s Bookstore: No Coffee, No browsing, Not a lot of fun…

The New York Times takes a look round Amazon’s newly opened brick and mortar store. No coffee, no cash, very little browsing and data mining used to direct customers to the most popular titles. It all sounds very slick and high-tech but not like any bookshop we’d want to bother with.

 

Source: At Amazon’s Bookstore, No Coffee but All the Data You Can Drink – The New York Times

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Creative Cloud glitches, crashes and quits and what to do about them

We’ve been noticing an increase in screen redraw glitches, specifically in InDesign, since the last few updates to CC. While they’re pretty cool (if you like random distortions) and can produce effects like the above, they’re actually a sign of bigger issues and something you should check out.

Screenshot of image glitches in an InDesign preview

The glitches are caused by compatibility issues with the GPU Performance function which Adobe started introducing to Creative Cloud applications In around 2014. The idea was to enhance performance by enabling applications to access the GPU processor on video cards, thereby boosting screen redraw, animation and video. You may have noticed when Photoshop started to do that dizzying animated zoom effect.

Screenshot of image glitches in an InDesign preview

The problem is, not all GPU chips are compatible or supported. This can present as interesting and intriguing screen redraw glitches, such as the ones illustrated here, but can have more serious effects such as random quits and crashes, documents appearing in black and white, jagged artwork and pop up error messages about “GPU Performance Features are not available”.
The immediate solution is to turn off GPU support by clicking the GPU icon

Screenshot of GPU Performance icon in inDesign

or by selecting GPU Performance in the application preferences. Turning GPU Performance off should solve the issues right away though you may also notice a slowdown in application performance.

Screenshot of InDesign GPU Performance Preferences
GPU Performance Preferences

You can then try Adobe’s suggested troubleshooting steps to see if you can restore the GPU functionality.

More information on GPU performance is available in these Knowledgebase articles for Illustrator, InDesign and Lightroom.

We’d be interested to know if you’ve had any issues related to GPU performance and how you solved them, so get in touch in any of the usual ways.

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1500 fonts added to Adobe Typekit

If you’ve been paying attention to your Creative Cloud subscription you’ll know that you have access to an online library of fonts called TypeKit. today Adobe announced a major increase in fonts, adding over 1500 to the sync service meaning they are available for desktop use. There are also 446 fonts completely new to the service. Find out more at the TypeKit blog.

 

Source: The Typekit Blog | Hundreds more fonts in the library and Marketplace, 1,500+ added for sync

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40+ Essential InDesign plugins, add-ons, and utilities

 

Here’s another great list by Stefano Bernardi over at redokun. This one compiles plugins and utilities for InDesign. If you’ve ever wanted InDesign to do something a bit more specialised  or even just a little bit better, here’s bound to be something on this list for you.

 

Source: 40+ Essential InDesign plugins, add-ons, and utilities – Redokun

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