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.
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…)
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:
- 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.
- 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.
Being an Adobe Creative Cloud member, I am excited to get my hands on the latest Creative Cloud 2014 applications. Last time around I was very pleased with the upgrades to Illustrator and this year (more…)
Now that I am using my own equipment and providing primary storage for one-of-a-kind original artwork for my customers, I should explain my backup strategy. (more…)
Gearing up for my freelance career sure is fun! I just received my Intuos5 Wacom Tablet. (more…)
Just signed up for Lynda training today. I’ve spent the last six years so engrossed in the Consumer Packaged Goods business that I have let a few things pass me by. I’m really looking forward to learning the newest techniques in Adobe Creative Suite, Lightroom and how to use jQuery to improve my versatility on the freelance market. (more…)
I will be ordering my copy of Adobe CS6 with Creative Cloud just as soon as it is available later this month. I’d like to encourage any of my customers, or new connections to get in touch if you need any help working with these new file formats. (more…)