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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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.

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Adobe Scan test file

 

Source: Introducing Adobe Scan | Adobe Document Cloud

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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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When should I convert images to CMYK?

This is a question we’re asked regularly and it causes some confusion. Images are generally captured using the RGB colour mode but, for printing, they need to be defined as CMYK mode. Think of it as the difference between screen viewing and printing.

Image of screen and printer icons

The initials RGB represent the primary colours of the screen mode – Red, Green and Blue, CMYK represents the primary colours of printing – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (Black being represented as K or the Key colour).

In the early days of desktop publishing, images were converted to CMYK using Photoshop before they were placed into a design application like Illustrator, QuarkXPress or InDesign. This process can be time consuming and creates a variety of inconvenient side-effects. The CMYK colour mode is adapted for specific printing processes and machinery and has a reduced colour range compared to RGB so CMYK images so are not suitable for reuse in many other media. A further benefit from leaving images as RGB is that much of Photoshop only works in RGB mode so, if you convert an image you’ll find a substantial amount of Photoshop’s editing capabilities are disabled.

The good news is, this process is no longer necessary, as long as you are exporting your  document to a PDF using a preset which includes a colour conversion.

Screenshot of Photoshop Convert to CMYK mode

 

Let’s explain that further. The typical way to change colour modes in Photoshop is to manually select Image>Mode>CMYK Color, however,  as all Adobe applications use the same colour engine, you can perform an RGB to CYMK conversion at any point in your workflow using any Adobe application. If you are sending print-ready PDF’s to your print provider, you can automate the conversion by placing RGB images into InDesign or Illustrator and creating a PDF using choosing a preset such as PDF/X-1a2001 or Press Quality. These presets contain a built-in conversion which will convert any images to CMYK automatically. The original pictures will remain untouched, leaving you free to reuse them for output in other media without making duplicates.

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SCreenshot of second step of InDesign export to PDF process

This does not automate creative processes such as colour correction, retouching or sharpening and these should be carried out in Photoshop in conjunction the various soft proofing tools such as Proof Colours and Gamut Warning.

In cases where you intend to send open InDesign files and links to your print provider this approach is not suitable (unless you’ve agreed that your print provider will perform the conversion). For most people, however,  converting on export to PDF offers a much quicker and more efficient way to ensure images are correctly adjusted for print.

To learn more about working with colour with Creative Cloud, contact us.

 

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