If you're looking for a workaround to create a PDF out of InDesign using the "Print Booklet" feature - you're in luck. Here is the simple step-by-step process. Getting Started Please make sure you're working in 4-page pagination. In this example, I am using 8 pages, with the cover located on the traditional default position in InDesign (page 1) and - the back cover is the last page (page 8). I have...

When you create a multi-page document InDesign and want to save it as a PDF for printing, there are a few things to keep in mind. You will want to save as "spreads" and you include bleeds. Here are the simple steps for this process below. Once your document is complete: 1. File > Export > Adobe PDF (print) 2. Make sure to check the box titled "Spreads" to ensure your "facing pages"...

Are you considering printing your playing cards professionally? If so, it is important to choose a printer that offers the kind customization you need. CHOOSE A PRINTER The good news is that many websites offer the option of producing custom playing cards in a variety of colors, sizes and quantities. Just make sure the printer is within the price range and turnaround time you want. Some playing card sites have preset formats...

A deck of cards may be used for playing a great variety of card games, with varying elements of skill and chance. Because playing cards are standardized and commonly available, they are also used for other purposes such as illusions, cardistry, and building card structures. The front (or “face”) of each card carries markings that distinguish it from the other cards in the deck and determine its use under the rules...

Learning to set up a basic multi-column grid in InDesign is an essential component of publication design. It takes an understanding of typographic measurement and how you want your reader to interact with the written content. As a simple way to practice, I have outlined the basic steps that you will need to set up a grid (and page size) so that you can get straight to work on your publication. Here is...

A well-designed poster should grab your attention and be easily read/understood. Hierarchy can guide the eye of the viewer through your poster, starting with the element of the highest rank and continuing to those with lesser rank. Although it varies, a standard visual hierarchy consists of three levels of importance—primary (the hook), secondary, and equivalent. In the mix of examples below there are at least three levels of hierarchy on the...

For the time being, I have decided to focus my blogging efforts on this site instead of splitting my time with the Green Mango Studio Blog (which I have been struggling to keep updated). But in doing so, I didn't want to loose my blogroll or have to re-enter it all into this site. Essentially, I wanted to export my blogroll from my "old" Wordpress site and import it into...

HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN FABRIC PANEL (using print canvas and wooden frames) Recently I've been trying to work on projects at home that are honestly much more "crafty" than proper design. Admittedly it's a nice break from the computer and feels like a return to the art & craft side of what initially sparked my interest in design so many years ago. A month ago, my friend Bonnie and I created...

It can be an overwhelming process to decide what print company to work with as a designer, especially if you are a freelancer. You want to give good advice to your clients about paper choice, color matching, overall quality, and pricing. But how do you know who to use? and how do you know who will provide the best quality for the money? or simply who can you trust to...