Posts Tagged ‘diy’

Illustrator Tutorial on Recoloring Artwork

Friday, September 24th, 2010

A Short Tutorial on Illustrator’s Recolor Artwork Function

Today, a short Illustrator tutorial on the recolor artwork feature. First take an image and run Object Menu > Live trace to convert yout low res image to vector artwork. Next set is to expand your traced file and then go to the Edit Menu > Edit colors > recolor artwork. In the window that pops up go to the color slider at the bottom and change the color you want to base your new art off of, I picked a brown color.

Next click on the pop down menu at the top of the same window and select your “Harmony Rule” I chose “shades” for this example.

The software then applies the new color scheme and shows a list of what original color is converting to what color in the new scheme.

One fun thing to try as seem below is the random color button, it basically takes the colors in your new palette and applies them randomly to the art.

Finally once you have your colors the way you want them click the “OK” button!

add any type or other elements and presto, you have created a nice scaleable vector poster/flyer/art!

Once you finish your artwork and are ready to print it, drop by our online printing site and sign up!

Christopher Robinson

Spot Varnish and Printing

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

How to Set up Spot Varnish for Offset Printing

There are a variety of ways to set up spot varnish plates for printing, the easiest way to to have your printer do it for you! If you do want to do it yourself here are two easy ways.

First, you can create a spot color layer in your photoshop images. This method has its pros and cons, on the pro side you can see the varnish on top of the image and make sure it lines up exactly how you want it. On the con side, the varnish layer will print with your photo when you try and do a proof. I use magenta as my spot color (but “name” it Varnish). In the final proofing stage through our prepress software we can print out a proof with varnish included or a proof with no varnish included, we usually do both, it cost a bit more but a LOT less than a re-run if your spot varnish is not set up correclty.

You can also set up a different file for the spot varnish. Once you have finished creating your design and it is approved do a “save as” and add varnish into the name at this point you can just fill the areas where you want the spot varnish with the spot color “varnish” (that you must create in the swatches palette). If your images are square just delete the content of the image box and fill the box with “varnish” if you have images silhouetted you will have to make a selection of the area in your image file and fill it with the spot color “varnish”. There are a variety of other ways to pull off a spot varnish color, the main thing to do is to have someone look at your file and make sure you have set it up correctly. This will require spending a few minutes with them and explaining your goals and concept.

Have fun with your set up… and when ready to print, call us for a custom quote!

Christopher Robinson