Category: Publication Design

How To Change Splash Screen

Customized Splash Screen with Your Cat!

Adobe programs have very nice splash screens. I always look forward to updates just to see the new artwork they’re using. Links are provided to the artists’ Behance portfolios to see what else they’ve done. As nice as they are,…

Convert Microsoft Publisher File

Microsoft Publisher File

Anyone who works in graphic design or printing will cringe when they receive a Microsoft Publisher file to work with. These pop up every so often from clients, advertisers, friends, family, etc. For those of us who work in proper…

Output Single Page PDFs from InDesign

edit open source script as desired

Let’s say you have a magazine or book you’ve created in Adobe InDesign and your printer requires single-page PDFs with specific names and page-numbering. I have always accomplished this by outputting a massive single-file PDF and then exporting the pages…

Design Like It’s 1989

Compugraphic IV Typesetter

Do you know what the machine is in this picture? No? Give up? It’s a Compugraphic IV typesetting machine! Of course it is. When I began my journey in graphics, working in quick print shops, one of my jobs was…

InDesign Forms: Three-Sided Boxes

Creating forms is, I think, the most difficult and mundane task a graphic designer ever faces. EVERYTHING HAS TO BE EXACT. There will always be changes and when the forms are created with a mix of text and rules and symbols,…

The Future of Printing: From 1987

Rush-In to New New York’s Information Access Center It’s 2027, and Quick Printing is celebrating its 50th anniversary. What’s the typical printshop doing? Note: I was the art director, production manager, editor, writer, coffee-maker for Coast Publishing for more than…

Magazine Design on Zero Dollars a Day

magazine issues publication artwork

I was the art director/production manager for a publishing company that produced several titles in English and Spanish. Profit was paramount so that meant expenses were to be kept low—or non-existent. This can be a challenge in publication design, but not…

Forensics of Adobe Software

Adobe software has become a ubiquitous part of the print, online, audio, and video realm and has cemented itself into just about every creative product consumers read, watch or download. Adobe products, such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Acrobat have…

Far Forward Right-Hand Page

FF-RHP. Anyone who has worked in publishing will be very familiar with this term. Advertisers will negotiate with the sales rep to ensure that their ad is placed in the publication far forward (usually first 50%) and on the right-hand…