Category Archives: Prepress

In this category ImageSmith discusses common problems and tips you may encounter as you prepare your digital files for print.

Why We Started Double Spacing after Each Sentence, and Why Typography Says “STOP!”

    The first thing I was told years ago on my very first day of work in prepress was to forget the old rule from high school typing class about using two spaces between sentences. When you learned to … Continue reading

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Hard to Hide: Disabling an Overactive Welcome Screen in Illustrator CC 2014

  When the Welcome gets worn out… With each new software upgrade, organizing your workspace and learning the new tools and interface changes can take a little time. Creative Cloud software generally launches by default a Welcome screen with helpful … Continue reading

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Designing Product Labels: Stick a Label on a Bottle with Illustrator and PhotoShop

  OUR PROJECT: design a label and show it in use on the actual product. We need to create print-ready label files AND on-product demos for proofing those labels – a very common scenario for the designer. Moreover, our goal is also … Continue reading

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Auto Generate QR Codes with Data Merge in InDesign CC 2014

  The Data Merge function in InDesign is a powerful, versatile tool for integrated marketing. We use it for variable data printing to personalize individual pieces – text and images – and, if a direct mail piece, to address and … Continue reading

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What’s New in Illustrator CC 2014: Live Corners & Friendlier Pen and Pencil Tools

  Illustrator CC 2014 brings graphic designers some cool new improvements to enhance the “drawing” experience of this vector program. I’ve always loved using Illustrator, although the disconnect between the feeling of drawing on paper vs. fashioning a vector shape … Continue reading

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Upgrading to Adobe CC 2014 for Print – The Designer’s Not-Quite-Definitive Guide

  The Adobe suite of Creative Cloud programs continues to expand, encompassing far more than the standard prepress desktop publishing tools to which many graphic designers and printers have become accustomed. In addition to our graphic design/print trifecta of InDesign, … Continue reading

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Career Path Tips for Creative Designers

  As technology continues to advance and people use the internet more and more for everything from shopping and research to staying in touch with friends and family, careers in graphic design – and especially web design – seem certain … Continue reading

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Use Layers to Keep Auto Page Numbers on Top in InDesign

  A frequent InDesign question from designers for our prepress department concerns how to keep Master Page page numbering on top when design elements on individual pages cover that area. By default, the Master Page items will lie below any … Continue reading

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Retro Gizmo: Artifacts from the Pre-Digital PrePress Department

  Last year we featured a blogpost on an antique piece of bindery equipment still being used in our print shop. Today, we’re thinking about a few other vintage relics that have been gathering dust in the art department. The … Continue reading

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