“Graphic design will save the world right after rock and roll does.”- David Carson


Thinking and practise, Acrobat


Acrobat is designed to print your work, always print from Acrobat rather than the programme you used.

The output preview- allows you to troubleshoot document (separations) this will check all your colours. Spot colours are expensive!Image


Preflight- check theres no RGB files. Object inspector- trouble shoot.

Acrobat uses simulation profiles to show you images. If you don’t know the specific profile set it to the (swop).

Preflight- Mother of all dialogue boxes. RDF fixups- convert to CMYK to convert all spot colours.

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 14.23.03


Trap presets- how colours are butting up to each other.

Convert colours- Gets cost down. Print 2 colour ( black and white)

Thinking and practise, Keyframes & Animation in Cinema 4d.

First i created a object and made sure the timeline was set to zero!Image

The little red dot is equivalent to a timeline in after effects.  When you move the object it should turn orange like this…


Next I looked at creating a scene. Before I got started I set up cinema 4d so when it come to rendering later on it would be all ok. I changed the frames per second and the number of frames.


Then I created object and colours. I applied the colours to the objects ready to animate!! Image

I changed the co-ordinates of each object here. Animation is created when you change the co-ordinates as you move along the time line.


Thinking and practise, Self-Publishing.

If you want to print booklets you need to find a printer with a digital press.

First I laid out 4 images in a In-design document. Today we looked a how to actually tell the printer how to print your document rather than the design of it.


If we had to print this document the printer would have to create separations. If we can give the printer our own separations thats less work the printer has to do. You can export these separations as single files.



Next I added text on a new layer.


Then I added a new colour swatch that was 25% of each colour.

As a designer it is not always our role to create the most beautiful looking document but it is sometimes are responsibility also to create the most cost effective! 

Then I looked at spot colours. What is a spot colour? A ready mixed colour. If we want to print spot colours we should put it on another layer.


Then I looked at spot UV varnishes. I created a new layer. Everything you want as a varnish you create another new swatch and call it varnish. There is no colour for varnish because its clear as long as its a spot colour. I added another text box on the varnish layer and made sure I coloured the text with varnish swatch. I could see in my separation preview box the varnish option.

What if its not text thats wants a varnish layer? All I need to do is put a box over the top of the image on the varnish layer which as a fill of the varnish stroke.

Registration. Never choose this instead of black. its only good for crop marks. This is bad because it prints every single colour.


One final thing the printer might want you to do is some instructions. I created another new layer calling it instructions. Taking out print layer so the printer ignores it. Image We can do whatever we want on this and the printer will not print it.

Thinking and practise, Cinema 4d workshop Materials and lights.

Firstly I created an environment to place my objects in. I used the floor tool to do this by adding a floor tool object.


Next I added a background. Image Then I created a new material, when you render it you can see what it looks like…


Adding light and its co-ordinates…ImageImage

You can adjust the co-ordinates to move the light and shadows.