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05 Aug

Breathless Book Cover Design

Creating Characters From Stock Images

image of Breathless cover design with working images

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02 Aug

Hear The Music With Photoshop

Photoshop Image Editing Without Limits

image of Johnny Cash at the Desert Inn

Disclaimer: I did not take this photo. Photo credit goes to Brad Moore, @bmoorevisuals. I edited the photo for a contest at layersmagazine.com by Rafael Concepcion, @aboutRC. The original contest can be viewed here. For the record, I won a print signed by RC & Brad Moore and a signed copy of “A World in HDR” by Trey Ratcliff. The book is fantastic. Go buy it.

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29 Jun

Using Photoshop and Illustrator Together

Creating drop shadow and glow effects in Photoshop while keeping the vector art in Illustrator

If you are unfamiliar or a little unclear about the differences between vector and bitmap art, it might be helpful to read When Vector Art is Really Vector before starting this tutorial.

Setting Up Your Files

Start by determining your art board size. If I am working on a wide format project I like to work in quarter scale. Illustrator has a maximum canvas size of 227 inches, so projects larger than that have to be created at a smaller scale factor. See Large File Format File Resolution for a guide to scale factors and resolutions.

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23 Jun

When Vector Art Is Really Vector

Understanding the differences between Illustrator and Photoshop

Vector versus Bitmap

When designing anything for print it is important to understand the difference between vector and bitmap. This is especially important for large or wide format. Vector art is completely scalable to any size without pixelating. Bitmap files have a fixed resolution and will pixelate when the resolution does not support the print size.

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17 Jun

When To Work For Free

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3 reasons to say yes and 3 tips to keep it positive.

I’ve done a lot of work for free or at a reduced rate. Hindsight says maybe that wasn’t always a good idea. The truth is that I learned many lessons from those experiences and they weren’t all bad. So I want to focus on the good and share some tips to ensure a positive experience for every one.

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07 Jun

Welcome

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Welcome to my orchard.

Orchard View Color is a place to share creative ideas with explanations on how to execute them. The digital world requires technical solutions for creative ideas. I create and design for a variety of applications. Print applications alone vary from large format digital or dye-sub, to traditional offset and screen print. Each variation presents its own challenges. Custom e-mails, web banner ads or website design require a broader range of skills.

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15 Apr

InDesign for Large Format - Bad Idea!

I work in InDesign but my printer wants Illustrator files. What do I do?

InDesign is a great application for page layout, but not so good for large format. I haven't found a large format printer who will accept inDesign files. Illustrator is the perferred layout application for large format printing.

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13 Apr

Trippy Self Portrait

Create a portrait with a custom illustrated pattern

image of self portrain

Step 1
Draw a cool pattern. I drew mine the old fashioned way - with pencil and paper. The finished drawing was then scanned so I could color it in Photoshop.

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08 Apr

Working With Really Large Files

My project has over 1 gig of files. Can I reduce this without sacrificing image quality?

YES! Following these steps will significantly reduce the final size of your production files. I will illustrate using examples from a 40-foot trailer wrap project.

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08 Apr

Large Format File Resolution

Just how big do my files need to be for large format printing?

It depends on the substrate for your final output and viewing distance. A building graphic or a vehicle graphic does not require the same resolution as a retail banner. In any case you'll probably be surprised at just how low a resolution you can get away with.

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