Creating a Tileable, Seamless Background with GIMP
In order to make a tiled background image on your website look professional, you need to make sure that images you use for the background were meant to be tiled. If an image was not made for tiling, the website will look amateurish and may reflect negatively on your content. The key is to ensure that your images are seamless …
Creating Faux Bold with Strokes: the Catch
Many of you probably know that if you don’t have the bold or italics version of a font installed in your system, you shouldn’t use your DTP application’s option to make it bold or italics, because that will simply result in a simulation which might work on screen or with a desktop printer, but that can cause problems once your …
Changing Screen Angles in Duotone Images, Part 2
I advise you read the first part of this tutorial, so you understand the reason of this ste-by-step tutorial. Wrongly set screen angles and frequency can cause your job to print incorrectly. Most designers won’t need to deal with those settings, as printers will most likely do that themselves, but extra knowledge on this won’t hurt. You are required to …
Changing Screen Angles in Duotone Images, Part 1
Sometimes, when printing Duotone images, the printed result isn’t what you expected. Your images seem to have a strange dotted pattern which wasn’t in your digital file. This is caused by wrongly set screen angles. To understand this, it is necessary to understand what a screen is in printing. Ink is laid on paper in form of tiny little dots …
How Big Is Big in Pixels?
An image that is 500 x 600 pixels is probably bigger in inches that an image that is 400 x 300 pixels, you say. Well, in actual fact that might be not true when you print your image. The image size also depends on the resolution of the image. Sometimes a bigger image is smaller than a smaller image. Now …
Checking Files for Printing
It is very important to make sure all files sent to printers are press worthy. That means they won’t cause any problems once they hit the press, whether it be font problems, colours and so forth. While there are specific things that can be handled with a preflight checklistâ€”Jacci Howard Bear has a very good one on her siteâ€”there are …
Anime Hair with Photoshop
For the Japanese art fans
Tip O’ the Day: How to Modify Illustrator Symbols
Question: I have used a symbol from the Illustrator Symbols Library and want to change its colour, but I am unable to do it; what am I missing?
InDesign Tutorials, an Overview
InDesign is definitely the application I have written about the most. Here are all my tutorials as of February 2006.