Newsletters, oh newsletters

Here are the specs for the new InDesign assignment.

4 page newsletter, 2 color (one spot color and black), no bleed, duplex printed.


  • Develop a title and masthead for this newsletter
  • Must use a grid in the layout
  • Must be 4, 8,5 x 11 inch pages set up for spreads in InDesgin
  • Must use character and paragraph styles sheets
  • Must import at least one .eps vector graphic and one .tif raster graphic
  • Must use one pull quote

Pull the copy off of the google drive folder (newletter copy.rft) and you can download the typesetting rules of thumb that are in the folder as well.

Read the copy and figure out how to organize the content, typeset the copy and create an attractive layout. The articles themselves should offer suggestions.

I want to see an initial proof (B/W on 11×17) on March 6th.


Printing specs and mounting info

For the Photoshop Day Map assignment: print to a 13 x 19 sheet of paper. Flush mount. Maximum print area on a non-bleed 13 x 19 print is 12.75 x 18.625.

For the Currency Or WWI poster rebuild: print to a 13 x 19 sheet of paper too. Again, Maximum print area is 12.75 x 18.625. At least one dimension of your design should be at the maximum allowable print area. Does this make sense?

Do not print with crop marks this time. Brownie points if someone blogs the reason why on their blog.

Print outs for both are Due March 8 – mounted and ready for presentation. Make sure you have and use the appropriate tools and supplies, so the final presentation looks professionally done. PRACTICE BEFORE COMMITTING TO THE FINAL PRESENTATION.

Photoshop and Illustrator Deadlines

I want to see laser proofs on 8.5 x 11 paper on March 1st (Illustrator – Personal Currency or WWI poster rebuild) and March 3 (Photoshop Day map). The final 13 x 19 inkjet printouts for both are due on March 8th (1 printout of the Day Map and 1 printout of the WWI poster rebuild Or 1 printout of front and back multiples of the Personal Currency – as many as you can fit on 13 x 19 – front on the left and the back on the right… repeated – you might want to show me how this one looks on a 13 x 19 sheet before you do the inkjet print).

.ps, .pdf., .eps. yada, yada, yada

OK, I was helping you all get your laser proofs of the Kirksville Arts Association pamphlet InDesign document printed in class today (with crop marks). Now we need to prep your document for large-format inkjet printing using the same printing to a .ps file and distilling (Acrobat Distiller) to a .pdf file. You can’t do this process from your personal computers, you have to do it from one of the lab(s) computers (they are set up to do the .ps to .pdf process). Anyway, it is the same process only this time you will set up to a 13 x 19 paper size at 100%, not to a letter size at scale to fit. Make sense? Make sure you check the .pdf you make in Preview to make sure the .pdf document is sized to a 13 x 19 – also, don’t forget to turn on your crop marks when you print your .ps file.

Once you confirm the .pdf is correct (2 pages, correct size and with crop marks), you submit an online work order for a medium format print job at (select the medium-format, sheet-fed cash print form) and fill out all the info necessary and upload your correct .pdf. You pay for the 2, 13 x 19 prints by going to and paying online. If you want, you can pay directly at the Cashier Window in McClain (if you don’t have a debit or credit card).

Once all the online stuff is done, you have to turn in the 2 sheets of 13 x 19 inkjet paper (you buy this paper yourself), your print out of the online work order and the print out of the payment receipt to the top drawer in OP1250. Then it is magically printed by the OP Output Print monitors. You pick up the final print outs from me when they are done. The print monitors will not give you the final prints no matter how much you beg for them. You get them from me. So, I want 2 final inkjet prints mounted on black foamcore and trimmed with a 1 inch border (trim off the bleed to the 11 x 14 inch final size – that means the foamcore is 13 x 16 inches) If you have any questions about mounting and trimming – don’t be afraid to ask me. The one mounted example on the far end on wall outside OP1224 is exactly what I don’t want to see. It looks like it was trimmed out with a spoon. That is a failing effort.

This is due on Monday, February 20th. That means you should submit the print jobs on Tuesday or Wednesday, so the job is printed and you can pick them up from me on Friday and use the weekend to trim and mount and have them ready for Monday morning. This is a hard deadline – don’t be late on this one.


Back to Photoshop and Illustrator

OK, the two assignments from class today…

Photoshop, Day Map assignment. You will be shooting photography (any device you wish as long as it gives you the quality and resolution needed) of your day – it can be a typical/standard day for you or a wished-for day or a day that has already happened. Shoot the number of photographs necessary to for you to work with in Photoshop to assemble a montage/collage/narrative, visual representation of this day. Final print size is 13 x 19 inches, printed on the large format inkjet printers in OP Output. Use all your existing Photoshop super powers and dive in and explore some new powers you have seen demonstrated either in class or on or tutorials on YouTube. You have creative control on this assignment.

Illustrator: Two choice here. Rebuild one of the World War I posters (images are on my class Google drive folder). Open up in Photoshop to square up the image and color adjust, save as a tif or jpg and use as an image template in Illustrator to rebuild this poster as vector art. Let’s constrain this assignment to 13 x 19 inch overall size too, for output.

OR: Design your own personal currency (paper bill) of any denomination. The design must have your image on the bill and on the back something that symbolizes one of your interests or belief or maybe a place you have lived… something. Create the design for both the front and back of the bill and then we will produce final art for an overall “sheet” with multiple fronts and a back with multiple backs to duplex print on a 13 x 19 inch (2 sided paper).

We will talk on Monday about deadlines for these assignments.

In the zone with InDesign

Sorry that was cheesy. I didn’t get this posted yesterday, but here is the new assignment working with InDesign…

You are recreating/using the provided text and graphics/images for the Kirksville Arts Association brochure. Everything should be found on my Google Drive in the DSP folder. This is an 11 x 14″, four color with bleed, fold in half pamphlet. You can rebuild your InDesign document to match to old design or use the provided assets and create your own design. Update any dated info in the text or in the graphics. You can use a new “glamour” photo for the poster side if you want. Look at all this creative freedom I’m giving you.

Work with everything you have learned so far in Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign to do a technically correct production file. There is a lot of text, and I want you to use and set up you Character and Paragraph styles.

I will help you tomorrow in class with this if you need any. I want an 8.5 x 11″ laser proof on Monday – to see/catch any problems before we prep for the large format inkjet printing due on Monday, February 20th.

Typesetting Rules of Thumb

I just uploaded to the ART201 DSP Google Drive folder an .rft file on Typesetting Rules of Thumb. These are some fundamental guidelines for working type and typesetting. Look them over and if you have any questions about them, ask on Friday. Here is a controversial one… there is only one space after periods. How many of you add two spaces?