Open Source Graphic Design
open source graphic design

How Open Source Graphics can be used to edit InDesign documents. Opening an InDesign document in Scribus Graphic design often requires an understanding of computer forensics to get the job done. I read a few blogs on how to edit InDesign files: Create an .EPS from InDesign and open it as an editable file in Scribus. That did not […]

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Word for Mac Loses Hyperlinks in PDF

Have you ever saved a PDF from Microsoft Word for Mac and found that your hyperlinks were no longer linked? Here’s what happened to me and how I solved the problem. I was working on a Microsoft Word document on a Mac using Word for Mac version 15.32. The document contained several hyperlinks. Some were […]

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Edit Adobe InDesign with Open Source Tools
Scribus. Open Source Desktop Publishing

Scribus and Open Source can be used to open and edit Adobe InDesign files. Here’s one suggestion I found: Create an .EPS from Adobe InDesign and open it as an editable file in Scribus. That did not work. Alternative: Another suggestion was to create an .IDML (an InDesign file that can be read by a previous version) document from InDesign and open that in […]

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How To Create 3-Sided Boxes in InDesign
Create a 3-sided "topless" box in Adobe InDesign with this easy-to-follow steps

InDesign Forms: Three-Sided Boxes Creating forms is, I think, the most difficult and mundane task a graphic designer ever faces. EVERYTHING HAS TO BE EXACT. There will always be changes and when the forms are created with a mix of text and rules and symbols, it can become a real mess. Creating forms in InDesign is no […]

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Magazine Design With $0.00 Art Budget
I frequently starred in my own covers to save money

I was the art director/production manager for a publishing company that produced several titles in English and Spanish. Profit was paramount so that meant expenses were to be kept low—or non-existent. This can be a challenge in publication design, but not an insurmountable one. In fact, having such constraints can stretch the imagination and force the […]

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An ad in The American Spectator magazine that is not FF-RHP. Oh no!

FF-RHP. Anyone who has worked in publishing will be very familiar with this term. Advertisers will negotiate with the sales rep to ensure that their ad is placed in the publication far forward (usually first 50%) and on the right-hand page (on top if possible). The sales rep will come to the production manager or […]

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