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Life after Adobe
Building beautiful ebooks with
open-source tools
Simon Collinson & Nick Barreto
ebookcraft 2018
About us
Nick Barreto
● Co-founder, Technology Director, Canelo Digital Publishing
● @nickbarreto
Simon Collinson
● Manage...
Overview
● The cost of Creative Cloud
● Crimes against #eprdctn
● What do we actually use from Creative Cloud?
● Photoshop...
The cost of Creative Cloud
Crimes against
#eprdctn
● Unlinked indexes
● Soft hyphens
● Lost scene breaks
● Glyphs as images
● Div soup
● Span bouilla...
https://xkcd.com/1960/
What do we actually use from Creative Cloud?
What do these tools do for us?
● Photoshop
● Bridge
● InDesign
● TypeKit
● Im...
Photoshop
Replacements
Creative Repetitive
Affinity
Photopea
GIMP
sips ImagemagickCanva
https://www.photopea.com/
Introducing the command line
>_
‘What I hope is that those with
knowledge of the humanities will
break into the closed society where
code gets written: in...
$ sips -Z 2000 *.jpg
$ sips -Z 2000 *.jpg --out low/
$ /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/
Homebrew/install/master/install)"
Imagemagick
InDesign
Replacements
‘The problem of printing beautiful
books had changed from a problem
of metallurgy to a problem of optics
and then to a pro...
$ brew install pandoc
Markdown has all you need
$ pandoc manuscript.docx -o
text.md
pandoc filters
INPUT
AST
AST
OUTPUT
reader
filter
writer
$ pandoc metadata.yaml --toc-depth=2
--epub-stylesheet=../blitz.css
--epub-chapter-level=2 -o 2016-4.epub -t
epub3 
../pre...
LaTeX and automated print typesetting
● TeX – the O.G.
● LaTeX – packages
● pdfTeX – PDF output
● XeLaTeX – Unicode!
● Lua...
‘If the book appears to be only a
paper machine, produced at their
own convenience by other
machines, only machines will w...
Go forth now and make masterpieces of
the (ebook) publishing art!
Thanks!
@nickbarreto
@simon_collinson
Life After Adobe - Nick Barreto & Simon Collinson - ebookcraft 2018
Life After Adobe - Nick Barreto & Simon Collinson - ebookcraft 2018
Life After Adobe - Nick Barreto & Simon Collinson - ebookcraft 2018
Life After Adobe - Nick Barreto & Simon Collinson - ebookcraft 2018
Life After Adobe - Nick Barreto & Simon Collinson - ebookcraft 2018
Life After Adobe - Nick Barreto & Simon Collinson - ebookcraft 2018
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Life After Adobe - Nick Barreto & Simon Collinson - ebookcraft 2018

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As ebook professionals, Adobe software is almost invariably at the core of our working lives: InDesign, Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, and the list goes on. But what would an #eprdctn world without Adobe look like?

In this talk, Simon Collinson and Nick Barreto of Canelo Digital Publishing will walk the audience through their Adobe-free toolbelt, giving tips, tricks, and warning of potholes to avoid. The overriding theme will be the fun/challenge of building a heterogeneous toolchain, rolling your own tools, and the efficiencies you can find if you can engineer your workflow from the ground up.

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Life After Adobe - Nick Barreto & Simon Collinson - ebookcraft 2018

  1. 1. Life after Adobe Building beautiful ebooks with open-source tools Simon Collinson & Nick Barreto ebookcraft 2018
  2. 2. About us Nick Barreto ● Co-founder, Technology Director, Canelo Digital Publishing ● @nickbarreto Simon Collinson ● Manager, Content Sales, Rakuten Kobo (formerly Digital Editor, Canelo) ● @simon_collinson
  3. 3. Overview ● The cost of Creative Cloud ● Crimes against #eprdctn ● What do we actually use from Creative Cloud? ● Photoshop replacements ● <aside>Introducing the command line</aside> ● InDesign replacements ● A smattering of LaTeX
  4. 4. The cost of Creative Cloud
  5. 5. Crimes against #eprdctn ● Unlinked indexes ● Soft hyphens ● Lost scene breaks ● Glyphs as images ● Div soup ● Span bouillabaisse
  6. 6. https://xkcd.com/1960/
  7. 7. What do we actually use from Creative Cloud? What do these tools do for us? ● Photoshop ● Bridge ● InDesign ● TypeKit ● Image manipulation ● Automation ● Typesetting and ebook output ● Fonts
  8. 8. Photoshop Replacements
  9. 9. Creative Repetitive Affinity Photopea GIMP sips ImagemagickCanva
  10. 10. https://www.photopea.com/
  11. 11. Introducing the command line >_
  12. 12. ‘What I hope is that those with knowledge of the humanities will break into the closed society where code gets written: invade it.’ — Ellen Ullman, Life in Code
  13. 13. $ sips -Z 2000 *.jpg
  14. 14. $ sips -Z 2000 *.jpg --out low/
  15. 15. $ /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ Homebrew/install/master/install)"
  16. 16. Imagemagick
  17. 17. InDesign Replacements
  18. 18. ‘The problem of printing beautiful books had changed from a problem of metallurgy to a problem of optics and then to a problem of computer science.’ — Donald Knuth, Digital Typography
  19. 19. $ brew install pandoc
  20. 20. Markdown has all you need
  21. 21. $ pandoc manuscript.docx -o text.md
  22. 22. pandoc filters
  23. 23. INPUT AST AST OUTPUT reader filter writer
  24. 24. $ pandoc metadata.yaml --toc-depth=2 --epub-stylesheet=../blitz.css --epub-chapter-level=2 -o 2016-4.epub -t epub3 ../preface.md 2016-intro.md amazon.md on-amazon-stores.md if-amazon-pricing-of-ebooks.md
  25. 25. LaTeX and automated print typesetting ● TeX – the O.G. ● LaTeX – packages ● pdfTeX – PDF output ● XeLaTeX – Unicode! ● LuaTeX – scripting in Lua
  26. 26. ‘If the book appears to be only a paper machine, produced at their own convenience by other machines, only machines will want to read it.’ — Robert Bringhurst, The Elements of Typographic Style
  27. 27. Go forth now and make masterpieces of the (ebook) publishing art!
  28. 28. Thanks! @nickbarreto @simon_collinson

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