NOCTI Hands-0n Testing - will take place in our lab all day Monday. Two graduates, Abby Cook and Ryan Kier will be evaluating the work of our senior and adult students. Please keep noise levels down during this test - it might be a good idea to get out and take any last minute yearbook pictures you might need for this year's book.
Yearbook - As we finish up layouts in InDesign we need to turn our focus towards making sure that we have created files that will work when they are given to the printer. This means we need to preflight our InDesign files. The video below explains InDesign's preflight panel.
It helps to have some understanding of the CMYK printing process when working on any design that is going to be printed in mass. The video below is a good explanation of CMYK printing:
Crunch Week - This is our final week to finish this year's yearbook. A number of photo sessions are scheduled. We have tracked those areas that we need to work on this week and they are listed on the class' white board. Try to keep this board up-to-date with anything that you feel could use improvement. We're trying to create the best book ever done at PIckering and we need everyone thinking and analyzing how we can improve over past issues.
Theory This Week - One area that we are going to be stressing this week is the concept of creating page layouts that will print and transfer well. This means using Preflight Profiles in InDesign. Download this preflight document and we'll be discussing how this profile can help us avoid pitfalls in getting our book to the publisher and saving time and money by avoiding mistakes.
Our Workflow - for creating pages must be consistent and mirrors what is done in industry. Here are the basic steps:
Most of you are finished preliminary layouts for this year's edition of the Shield. The next step is going to be ensuring that the files that we have created will print correctly before submitting them to the yearbook publisher.
This will mean setting up InDesign's preflighting options. The concept of "preflighting" a document is borrowed from airline pilots who go through a series of checks to ensure a safe successful flight. Like those pilots, we can ensure that any publication will fly before being handed over to a printer.
This means going through a spell-check routine, checking file formats, file resolution and links availability.
The final stage of design will be our ads section and gathering together the credits information for the publication. Make sure that the information on the Google Docs planning document is correct and that design credit is accurate.
Mr. Tucker is in his 22nd year as the instructor for the Graphic Arts program. Prior to his teaching career he worked in the flexography industry for ten years and in quick printing for ten years.
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