Boston Globe Responsive Website Redesign Planned in InDesign

Hands down, the answer was InDesign. At its core, BostonGlobe.com is a publication website, and InDesign is the best tool for laying out publications and content. Yes, there are huge differences between designing print publications and designing for the web, but consider this: Most web pages are simply a combination of photos and text. And…

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Print InDesign Files Efficiently with Prepress Preflight

It’s startling, though, how little information there is on the subject of going to press these days. I don’t mean how to use InDesign’s Print dialog or why you should use CMYK instead of RGB color swatches. I’m referring to best practices for going to press. My friend Sandee Cohen recently mentioned that she’d met…

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Solving Common Photoshop Problems–Type Troubles

Photoshop can be a strange beast when it comes to working with type. While Photoshop isn’t designed to have a powerful text layout engine, lacking the full-featured capabilities of InDesign for layout, and Illustrator for working with fonts and paths, Photoshop design work still often includes type faces as integral parts of the graphic design…

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Compositing with Silhouettes in Photoshop

Here, we’ll composite a photo inside the silhouette of another. This is an effect I’ve been seeing a lot lately, used everywhere from movies and TV to magazines and the Web. The reason, I think, is that it definitely can look pretty cool and is really not that hard of an effect to create if…

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Quark Releases QuarkXPress 9.2 with New EPUB Publishing Features

This free update for existing QuarkXPress 9 users adds 25+ new and enhanced features to make it easier than ever to create e-books and iPad apps. Please take time to read the accompanying documentation, ‘QuarkXPress 9.2 ReadMe’ and the updated guides for QuarkXPress 9 and App Studio. Highlights in QuarkXPress 9.2 include:…

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GuideGuide: Free Plugin For Dealing With Grids In Photoshop

This article is the fourth in our new series that introduces the latest, useful and freely available tools and techniques, developed and released by active members of the Web design community. The first article covered PrefixFree1; the second introduced Foundation2, a responsive framework; the third presented Sisyphus.js3, a library for Gmail-like client-side drafts. Today we…

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Building EBooks with InDesign – Forced Line Breaks

Updated 3-Jan-2012 / Postscript added One of the pitfalls of converting print publications to EBooks, is that designers often use forced line breaks (Shift+Return/Enter) in print-layouts to control where headings and even paragraph lines are broken. Doing so can cause problems when the same document is also converted to EPUB later on. Problems can occur…

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