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Title:
Creative design with your computer
Author:
Lumgair, Christopher.
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Publication Information:
Lincolnwood (Chicago), Ill. : NTC/Contemporary Pub., Inc., 1999.
Physical Description:
vi, 180 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
General Note:
"First published in UK 1999 by Hodder Headline Plc."--T.p. verso.

Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780844202754
Format :
Book

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Summary

Teach Yourself Creative Design with your Computer brings together the essential knowledge of desktop publishing, covering the key technologies and equipment, its use in different areas of communication, the design pit-falls and conventions and, most importantly, the necessary advice to get good printed results. Book jacket.


Author Notes

Christopher Lumgair is a Graphic Designer and has spent several years in magazine and book publishing. he now has his own successful digital publishing consulting practice.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 What is DTP?p. 3
Overviewp. 3
The birth of desktop publishingp. 3
Production: then and nowp. 4
Desktop publishing programsp. 7
Page layout programsp. 7
Draw programsp. 9
Bitmap programsp. 10
Supporting technologiesp. 12
Graphics-based computersp. 12
Page description languagesp. 16
PostScript and TrueType fontsp. 17
ASCII and file formatsp. 18
Outputting devicesp. 19
2 Choosing the right kitp. 21
Overviewp. 21
Essential hardwarep. 22
Computersp. 22
Monitorsp. 23
Input devicesp. 24
Output devicesp. 27
Essential softwarep. 31
Page layout programsp. 31
Draw programsp. 33
Bitmap programsp. 35
Fontsp. 37
3 DTP in usep. 39
Overviewp. 39
The DTP processp. 40
The overall processp. 40
The phasesp. 40
Different uses of DTPp. 43
Case history 1p. 43
Case history 2p. 45
Case history 3p. 46
Case history 4p. 47
Case history 5p. 48
4 The creative desktopp. 50
Overviewp. 50
Deciding on document formatsp. 51
Page sizesp. 51
Folding methodsp. 56
Binding methodsp. 57
Permanent binding methodsp. 58
Designing layoutsp. 59
Defining gridsp. 59
Page layout pointersp. 66
Working with typefacesp. 71
Typographyp. 71
Typefacesp. 71
Classes of typefacesp. 72
Aspects of typep. 74
Serif and sans serif facesp. 76
Display facesp. 78
Script facesp. 78
Symbol facesp. 79
Working with faces and font sizesp. 79
Formatting type wellp. 80
Aligning textp. 80
Spacing words and charactersp. 82
Hyphenating textp. 85
Leading textp. 87
Tracking textp. 89
Spacing hierarchyp. 91
Aligning text to textp. 91
Defining paragraphsp. 95
Tabulating textp. 97
Emphasising words within textp. 100
Styling charactersp. 102
Working with imagesp. 104
The role of imagesp. 104
Using off-the-shelf imagesp. 105
Using digital camerasp. 106
Creating informative diagramsp. 108
Digitising imagesp. 110
Obtaining good scansp. 111
Choosing image resolutionsp. 114
Enhancing imagesp. 116
Removing noise and sharpeningp. 118
Adjusting tonesp. 120
Balancing coloursp. 121
The colour wheelp. 122
Adjusting saturationp. 124
Cropping and cutting around imagesp. 124
Montaging and special effectsp. 126
Ways of working with bitmapped imagesp. 128
Deciding on which file format to usep. 130
Using colourp. 133
What is colour?p. 133
Colour spaces explainedp. 135
Working with colour spacesp. 137
Maintaining colour fidelityp. 138
Organising textp. 140
Text sources and copy editingp. 140
Preparing material on diskp. 141
Clearing textp. 142
Preparing indexes and glossariesp. 143
Hierarchy of informationp. 145
On-screen editingp. 146
Points of stylep. 149
Numbering systemsp. 155
5 Volume printingp. 157
Pre-press and printingp. 157
Pre-pressp. 159
Conventional printingp. 160
Digital press and 'print on demand'p. 163
Speciality printingp. 166
Papers and boardsp. 168
Glossaryp. 172
Indexp. 177

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