Module 4 Images & Layout

WEEKS 11-13

Outline: In this section, you’ll learn how to find and edit large, high quality images. You’ll also learn how to assemble an InDesign document according to industry standards, and prepare it for printing.

Class 4A Indesign Cover File

BEFORE CLASS

BUILD YOUR TECH SKILLS Indesign layers

WATCH this Lynda.com video

"Print Production Fundamentals"

Chapter 5.1: Building to the correct size

Chapter 4.2: Folding and trimming

"Designing a Book Cover"

Chapter 2.5: Putting your InDesign CS5 document on a grid

READ these readings

Anatomy of a Page

Placing Images

Proportion

Working With Page Objects

DURING CLASS

TECH

REVIEW questions & discussion

PROCESS

TOOLS Indesign

INTRODUCE

4A Organizing your Indesign cover file

1. Download the bar code, logo etc for positioning in your InDesign cover file.

2. Open your InDesign cover file.

3. Create several layers: Heading, Type, Images

4. Using the place tool (Command + D), place your heading_type.ai file in the 'heading' layer of your indesign file.

5. If you have set up your Indesign color swatches in a different file, import them now.

6. Move your type boxes to the 'type' layer. If you have not done so, format your type in your chosen typefaces and weights, and make paragraph styles for each text appearance.

7. Open the swatches palette, layers palette, paragraph styles palette and position them around your layout.

8. Take a screenshot of your Indesign workspace. This screenshot should show the whole of your layout area, plus the open palettes described above.

9. Upload the screenshot to your journal. If the workspace is not set up exactly to the instructions above, write an explanatory note describing why yours looks different.

Minor Assignment 3 - Professional Head Shot

PRACTISE current process task.

AFTER CLASS

 

PROCESS

FINISH your Setting up your Indesign cover file task.

SAVE your work in a safe place.

BACK UP your work in a second safe place.

CREATE a new post in your process journal. Name it '4A Setting up your Indesign cover file'.

UPLOAD Your work to your process journal.

Class 4B High Quality Images

BEFORE CLASS

BUILD YOUR TECH SKILLS DPI for print production

WATCH this Lynda.com video

"Designing a Book Cover"

Chapter 5.1: Illustrating concepts with abstract shapes and transparency

Chapter 3.4: Creating a simple illustration using the Pen and Gradient tools

Chapter 6.2: Using Illustrator to create a simple illustration

Chapter 6.3: Using gradient mesh in Illustrator to create a simple illustration

READ these readings

Sourcing Images

 

DURING CLASS

TECH

REVIEW questions & discussion

PROCESS

TOOLS Photoshop, Google Images, Flickr

REVIEW Setting up your Indesign cover file.

INTRODUCE

4B Making & finding high quality cover images

Making & finding high quality cover images (only if you are using images on your cover)

1. Remind yourself of the image content you're looking for by looking at your final thumbnail sketch.

2. Write a list of phrases that could be used to describe that image content

3. Open Google Images advanced search and type in the phrases one by one.

4. Open Flickr advanced search and type in the phrases one by one.

5. From these searches, find three images to use for every area you need image on your cover

PRACTISE Making & finding high quality cover images.

AFTER CLASS

 

PROCESS

FINISH your Making & finding high quality cover images task.

SAVE your work in a safe place.

BACK UP your work in a second safe place.

CREATE a new post in your process journal. Name it '4B Making & finding high quality cover images'.

UPLOAD Your work to your process journal.

Class 4C Image/Type Refinement

BEFORE CLASS

BUILD YOUR TECH SKILLS Image editing & retouching basics

WATCH this Lynda.com video

"Print Production Fundamentals"

Chapter 9.2: Masking basics

Chapter 6.5: Using black-and-white images creatively

NO READINGS

DURING CLASS

TECH

REVIEW questions & discussion

PROCESS

TOOLS Photoshop

REVIEW Finding high quality images.

INTRODUCE updating the cover file, plus

4C Option 1 Image editing & retouching

Image editing & retouching OR Heading Type refinement

1. If you are using images on your cover, upload a screenshot of your edited images. These should show significant changes from the original versions you found.

1. Write a comment explaining what effect you are trying to achieve in your image, and how this contributes to building your cover concept.

4C Option 2 Heading type refinement

1. If you are using type only on your cover, upload a screenshot of your progress on the heading type file. This should show signficant changes from the previous versions of your heading type.

1. Write a comment explaining what effect you are trying to achieve in your type, and how this contributes to building your cover concept.

PRACTISE Image editing & retouching OR Heading type refinement.

AFTER CLASS

 

PROCESS

FINISH your Image editing & retouching OR Heading type refinement task.

SAVE your work in a safe place.

BACK UP your work in a second safe place.

CREATE a new post in your process journal. Name it '4C Image editing & retouching' OR '4C Heading type refinement'.

UPLOAD Your work to your process journal.

Class 4D Shooting Head Shots

BEFORE CLASS

BUILD YOUR TECH SKILLS Intermediate image editing & retouching, spine & back cover

WATCH this Lynda.com video

"Designing a Book"

Chapter 8.6: Designing the spine

Chapter 8.7: Designing the back cover

READ

Proportion

DURING CLASS

TECH

REVIEW questions & discussion

PROCESS

TOOLS Studio 1, DSLR camera.

REVIEW Image editing & retouching OR Heading type refinement.

INTRODUCE Shooting headshots.

PRACTISE Shooting head shots.

AFTER CLASS

 

PROCESS

No process homework this week. There is no journal post to upload.

Class 4E Refining Type

BEFORE CLASS

BUILD YOUR TECH SKILLS Advanced working with type in Illustrator

WATCH these Lynda.com videos

"Designing a Book Cover"

Chapter 3.6: Manual tracing

Chapter 3.2: Using Live Paint to color type

"Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced"

Chapter 14.2: Assigning a gradient fill

Chapter 18.1: Dynamic effects and OpenType

Chapter 18.4: Building up a multi-stroke effect

Chapter 18.5: Best practices for 3D type

DURING CLASS

TECH

REVIEW questions & discussion

PROCESS

TOOLS Illustrator & Indesign.

REVIEW Shooting head shots.

INTRODUCE

4E Refining heading type & body copy

1. Upload a screenshot of your Indesign workspace. This should show significant changes to the heading type, body copy and images.

2. Write a comment explaining what effect you are trying to achieve in your cover.

3. List the steps you need to take to get the cover looking how you planned.

PRACTISE Refining heading type & body copy.

AFTER CLASS

 

PROCESS

FINISH your Refining heading type & body copy task.

SAVE your work in a safe place.

BACK UP your work in a second safe place.

CREATE a new post in your process journal. Name it '4E Refining heading type & body copy'.

UPLOAD Your work to your process journal.

Class 4F Refining Images & Type

BEFORE CLASS

PRINT Your cover at @one (in the basement of the knowledge center). To print successfully, follow these steps:

  1. Export your indesign cover file as a print pdf (File/Export/Format:PDF for Print).
  2. In the Export Adobe PDF dialog box:
    1. Choose Adobe PDF Preset 'High Quality Print'.
    2. In the Marks and Bleeds screen, select the check box 'All Printer's Marks'.
    3. Hit the Export button.
  3. Copy this pdf to a thumb drive, email (as an attachment) or cloud storage.
  4. At @one, log in to a computer connected to the color printer - ask @one staff if you are not sure which computers these are.
  5. Open the pdf on Adobe Reader, and choose File/Print.
  6. In the print dialog, choose scaling option 'do not scale' and for size, choose '100%'.
  7. If in doubt, ask an @one worker to help you. Show her/him these instructions and they should be able to help you print your cover.

BUILD YOUR TECH SKILLS Print production

WATCH these Lynda.com videos

"Print Production Fundamentals"

Chapter 8.11: Generating PDFs

Chapter 12.3: Preflighting in InDesign

"Designing a Book Cover"

Chapter 8.3: Preparing the PDF

No readings this week.

DURING CLASS

TECH

TAKE Quiz 5 - Images & Layout

REVIEW quiz questions & discussion

PROCESS

DUE Minor Assignment 3 - Professional Head Shot

TOOLS Illustrator & Indesign, printers at @one, pens/pencils

REVIEW Print-outs of draft covers.

MARK Corrections on your printed cover.

MAKE marked changes on the digital copy of your file.

CONTINUE Refining the images, type and composition of your cover.

AFTER CLASS

PROCESS

CONTINUE working on your cover.

SAVE your work in a safe place.

BACK UP your work in a second safe place.