Category Archives: Process

Rethinking the Photo Editing Workflow – Part 2

In Part 1 of this Photo Editing Workflow series I compared a traditional editing workflow with a new system I have been using in my last few projects. I pointed out some gotcha’s inherent in the traditional methods and potential improvements gained by transitioning to a new workflow. In this post I take a deeper dive into the nuts and bolts of how the new tools work. There are some workarounds suggested for areas the software is still catching up with my workflow. (more…)

Rethinking the Photo Editing Workflow – Part 1

This post is targeted at photo editors who work on large batches of images and need to produce a volume of edits on tight deadlines, with an eye to producing the most flexible final assets, suitable for digital & print usages.

Do you edit large batches of images? Maybe you manage a photo asset library, digitech photo shoots or shoot & edit your own photography? (more…)

Curved Dielines and Warping Tutorial – Part 2 – Create Dieline for a Cup Package

Concept to Keyline

In part one of this tutorial series, I showed how to adapt your rectangular label artwork concepts to a curved printer dieline. Sometimes you aren’t provided a dieline, just a package sample. It’s quite possible to create curved artwork without a target dieline. You’ll need a physical sample of the package to measure. And make sure you have some string. I’ll explain later.

After measuring and doing a bit of math, you can build your own Target Dieline. Once this is complete, the rest of the process is exactly the same as part one. (more…)

Curved Dielines and Warping Tutorial – Part 1 – Fitting a Curved Dieline

Concept to Keyline

A couple months ago I received a question from a reader in response to a comment I left on a LinkedIn post:

I saw your comment regarding Adobe Illustrator design for conical cups. We use the same warp method you describe, but I have concerns about elements at the top of my design being more distorted than elements at the bottom. Particularly, I have a horizontally oriented logo that stretches a bit too much. I varied from your post in that I didn’t average the widths. Instead, I made a rectangle close to the width of the lower circumference and applied warp until the rectangle was nearly perfect to fit the die. I then designed within that rectangle and applied the warp.

This question was the genesis of this multi-part tutorial on Curving artwork to fit to cups or fitting a curved supplied dieline. I’ll address the reader’s particular question as well as raise and address several others. (more…)

Dumped a coffee in my MacBook Pro Retina

Mac Book Pro Coffee Collage

This weekend I was doing some client work at home. I had a mug of coffee and lots of paperwork on my desk. As I was moving moving papers around, they smashed into my mug and dumped a half full cup of coffee right into my MacBook Pro Retina’s keyboard.

This makes a good story for two reasons:

  1. Backup Mac: I was able to keep working after this incident and meet my client’s deadline, a great case study in how I keep working through inevitable technical issues.
  2. How a Spill into a MacBook Pro Retina Works: I learned some things about the MacBook Pro’s design that might help you minimize damage in the first seconds after a liquid spill.

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