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InDesign, image masking, layer visibility controls

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2 main sections: …

2 main sections:
-Part 1, using hard-edged and soft-edged masks with InDesign
-Part 2, using InDesign layer visibility with Illustrator and Photoshop files

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  • 1. InDesign and Image Masking
    Strategies for getting the most from your placed images in InDesign
    Matt Sullivan
    training director,roundpeg, inc.
  • 2. Sorry for the ppt template!
    I was digging around for something with visual interest and couldn’t resist
    (I promise not to slam you with too many slides!)
  • 3. Contact info
    Matt Sullivan
    matt@roundpeg.comblogs.roundpeg.commattrsullivan@mattrsullivan714 585-2335
  • 4. AgendaPart 1-Masking
    Quick review of PSD/TIF/JPG and AI/PDF/WMF
    Discuss Prefs and Bridge as part of workflow
    Vector vs. bitmap masking
    Importance of the Pen tool
    Applying transparency and masks via InDesign and Photoshop
  • 5. File Formats
    .PSD-Photoshop nativeContains layers, selections, masks, and other working material
    .TIFContains quality info, but not great for saving working material
    .JPG-Compressed JPEGLossy compression, no working material
  • 6. Display Preferences
  • 7. Bridge
    Rank
    Organize
    Camera Raw
    Filter
    Meta Data
  • 8. Vector Masking (hard-edged)
    Good for inorganic objects
    Mask in Photoshop, not InDesign(allows reuse)
    Save named path in Photoshop
    Access path via InDesign, Object > Clipping Path
  • 9. Bitmap Masking (soft-edged)
    Good for organic or fuzzy objects
    Achieved through savedChannels, or other Photoshop transparency
    Transparency in the Photoshop file is passed through to the InDesign file
  • 10. Vector v. Bitmap Masking
    When done thoughtfully, assets are managed without tedious rework
    Choice may rely upon the backdrop of the image within InDesign
  • 11. Importance ofthe Pen tool
    Nearly identical implementation in
    Illustrator
    InDesign
    Photoshop
    Helps in many places in all 3 applications
    Modify text frames
    Create artwork
    Control blends, groups, envelope distorts
  • 12. AgendaPart 2-Layers
    Managing content through layers
    Creating adjustment layers for specific output devices
    Controlling layer visibility in Illustrator and Photoshop files
  • 13. Managing layer visibility
    Examples:
    Logo versions
    Product options
    Comps for approval or multiple markets
  • 14. ID layer visibility:Object > Object Layer Options
  • 15. Photoshop layer tips
    Ways to affect .PSD display in InDesign:
    Layers
    Layer masks
    Adjustment layers
    Saved paths
  • 16. Illustrator layer tips
    You can control display of only top-level Illustrator layers from InDesign
  • 17. Adjustment layers for uncalibrated devices
    Specific solution for .PSD files placed into InDesign
    Create the required adjustment layer (or load a previously used layer) in your .PSD file
    Control the layer visibility through InDesign

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