Christine Medley is an assistant professor of graphic design at Marywood University, a graphic designer for almost 25 years, and an exhibiting fine artist and printmaker. She has developed and written online courses, software tutorials, and study guides for over 10 years.
The deep relief “hit” or impression of art and letters into a thick paper stock is what makes the resurgence of letterpress unique and in demand. Stationary, business cards, wedding invitations and posters (broadsides) are the biggest end use of letterpress. It’s interesting to note that traditional letterpress printing did not reveal the impression of the letters as that was considered bad printing. Detail of a letterpress print made with wood type, metal type and image cuts. Note the... CONTINUE READING
By now you probably have been asked to design something for the iPad (and if you haven’t yet, inevitably, you will). So what is a relatively simple way to get into tablet design and production? InDesign CS6 has a great set of tools to introduce you to the process and streamline the workflow. You can build and design publications from scratch or convert a print document for delivery on a variety of tablets. This tutorial overview will focus on... CONTINUE READING
A few weeks ago my poll article “What’s the Best Way to Build an Online Portfolio?” received quite a few comments and many voted via the poll. With the wide selection of template portfolio web sites available to designers, this result may not be a surprise, but it is to me, a print and web designer, educator and one who began coding sites in 1995. In fact, it was a bit shocking to see that 68% of respondents said... CONTINUE READING
Google “InDesign slideshow” and you’ll find a handful of tutorials with slightly different techniques on how to make an interactive slide show for the iPad using InDesign Object States and Overlay Creator. This tutorial will cover the process in detail and take the design a step further by making a custom frame that masks the images for a more engaging iPad presentation. Using the Objects States panel and the Overlay Creator, we will set up the slide show with... CONTINUE READING
Needing a professional well-designed online portfolio is a must for graphic designers—which, of course is not news to anyone in the field—but what is the best way to make one? That’s where the confusion begins. There are so many ways to build and host a site, that with new software, updates and portfolio sites seemingly appearing every day, it makes it very confusing on which is the best one to use. What’s out there? An overwhelming amount of choices,... CONTINUE READING
Designing publications for the iPad isn’t much different than for print— knowing the basics of InDesign for page layout allows you to jump right into interactive tablet design by using the Folio Producer Tools. You can publish engaging brochures, magazines, portfolios and books using the Overlay Creator, Folio Builder and Adobe Content Viewer. Overlay Creator allows you to add iPad interactivity such as slide shows, links, pinching and zooming, movies and sound. Folio Builder uploads your pages to the... CONTINUE READING
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