InDesign, image masking, layer visibility controls


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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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InDesign, image masking, layer visibility controls

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