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Real World Print Production with Adobe® Creative Cloud®

Book Description

Sharpen your print production skills with this definitive resource created specifically for design professionals who need to create files using the Adobe Creative Cloud, including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat and output for printing.

The previous edition was steady seller, helping designers who have no training in print get up and running quickly and not make expensive mistakes on their projects. Completely updated for CS6 and the CC, this book also helps designers with some print experience tackle more complex projects. The book covers all the Adobe Suite programs they need to know to produce successful projects, rather than buying 4 or 5 different books.

This book is considered the complete resource for understanding the print cycle, how ink works on paper, managing fonts, using color spaces, handling images, and preparing files for print or electronic output.

Print expert Claudia McCue shares her hands-on techniques to prepare files, edit photos and graphics, and prevent common problems without missing a deadline. This book is brimming with insightful advice, illustrations, and shortcuts that will have you quickly and professionally producing your work in no time.

Covers: Acrobat XI, InDesign CC, Photoshop CC, and Illustrator CC for Macintosh and Windows

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Introduction
    1. Who Should Read This Book
    2. What This Book Is Not
    3. About the Author
    4. Acknowledgments
  5. 1. Life Cycle of a Print Job
    1. The Olden Days
    2. Brave New World: Desktop Publishing
    3. Job Submission
    4. Scenic Tour of a Typical Printing Plant
    5. Glossary of Printing Terms
  6. 2. Ink on Paper
    1. Fundamentals of Black-and-White Printing
    2. Fundamentals of Color Printing
    3. Press Issues
    4. Digital Printing
    5. Your Monitor Is Not Made of Paper
  7. 3. Trimming, Binding, and Finishing
    1. One Size Does Not Fit All
    2. Folding: High-Speed Origami
    3. Imposition
    4. Binding Methods
    5. Moving Beyond Two Dimensions
  8. 4. Preparing Raster Images
    1. Ancient Times: B.P. (Before Pixels)
    2. All About Pixels
    3. Imaging Software
    4. Resolution and Image Fidelity
    5. Scanning Artwork
    6. Cropping and Transforming Images
    7. Appropriate Image Formats for Print
    8. Inappropriate Image Formats for Print
  9. 5. Vector Graphics
    1. Vector File Formats
    2. Adobe PDF
    3. Handling Text
    4. Incorporating Images into Vector Files
    5. Avoiding Unnecessary Complexity
  10. 6. Fonts
    1. Font Flavors
    2. Fonts Installed by Creative Cloud
    3. Activating Fonts in the Operating System
    4. Font-Management Programs
    5. Typekit Desktop Fonts
    6. Font Licensing Issues
  11. 7. Cross-Platform Issues
    1. Crossing the Great Divide
    2. Naming Files
    3. Fonts
    4. Sending Files from Mac to Windows
    5. Sending Files from Windows to Mac
    6. Graphics Formats
    7. Compressing Files
  12. 8. Job Submission
    1. Preparations During the Design Process
    2. Talking with the Printer
    3. Planning for Print
    4. Sending Job Files
    5. Preparing for Proofing Cycles
    6. Attending a Press Check
  13. 9. Creative Cloud
    1. Understanding Creative Cloud
    2. Version Determination
    3. Creating Work for Users of Older Versions
  14. 10. Photoshop Production Tips
    1. Off to a Good Start
    2. Know the Fate of the Image
    3. Image Resolution
    4. Color Space
    5. Working in Layers
    6. Transparency
    7. Silhouettes and Masking
    8. Silhouetting Soft-Edged Subjects
    9. Beyond CMYK
    10. Adding Spot Color to a CMYK Image
    11. Creating a Spot Varnish Plate
    12. Vector Content
    13. Saving for Other Applications
  15. 11. Illustrator Production Tips
    1. Document Profile and Color Mode
    2. Artboards
    3. Using Symbols
    4. Simplifying Complex Artwork
    5. Live Effects
    6. Using the Appearance Panel
    7. Creating 3D Artwork
    8. Transparency
    9. Flattening Transparency
    10. Linked and Embedded Images
    11. Blended Objects
    12. Spot Colors
    13. Type and Fonts
    14. Why Versions Matter
    15. Saving for Other Applications
    16. Creating PDF Files
    17. Opening PDF Files in Illustrator
  16. 12. InDesign Production Tips
    1. Graphics
    2. Using Native Files
    3. Swatches
    4. Alternate Layouts
    5. Miscellaneous Document Tips
    6. Transparency
    7. Finding and Fixing Problems
    8. PDF Creation Methods
    9. PDF Creation Settings
  17. 13. Acrobat Production Tips
    1. Acrobat Product Line
    2. Where Do PDFs Come From?
    3. Creating PDF Files
    4. Editing PDF Files
    5. Comment and Review
    6. Print Production Tools
    7. Using External PDF Editors
  18. Index
  19. 14. Print Production Resources
    1. Organizations
    2. User Groups
    3. Online Communities and Forums
    4. Printing Industry Organizations
    5. Packaging Organizations
    6. Technical Education Organizations
    7. Conferences and Trade Shows
    8. Printing Industry Events
    9. Design Conferences
    10. Design and Printing Books
    11. Publications
    12. Video Training
    13. Destinations