Posts from August, 2008

Designing for Print – Setting Up Crops and Bleed

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A design destined for print requires setting up to certain specifications to ensure that the work is printed correctly by industrial lithographic or digital print firms. This often starts with the initial document upon which the design is to be created by adding the correct bleed area and crop marks. Let’s take a look at what crops and bleed actually are, why they are required and how to set them up in your favourite Adobe package.

GoMedia Vector Pack 12 Out Now!

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I’ve just caught news from the blog over at GoMedia that the latest vector set; Pack 12 has now been released. Featuring a range of scalable vector objects and textures including 8-Bit style graphics, Zombies, Guts & Slime, Halftones, Asian Imagery, Linework and Tattered Scrolls; a real useful addition to any designer's toolbox.

Create a Cute Vector Monster from a Pencil Sketch

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I guess with recent topics being based on vector illustrations and cute characters, it's about time for another Illustrator character tutorial. Previous versions saw the creation of Captain BlackSpoon and Freddy the Fish which seemed pretty popular, not to mention the quick and simple monster series. This time follow this Adobe Illustrator walkthrough on the creation of a cute little vector monster character, beginning with a quick pencil sketch on paper.

5 Fantastically Free High Res Brown Paper Textures

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As you can see from the web design here at Blog.SpoonGraphics, I am quite a fan of the distressed and craft like feel of brown paper. These five textures are straight from my collection of resources, scanned from the likes of parcel wrapping, grocery bags and old envelopes. At 300dpi each they are larger than you will ever need for the web, whilst having the resolution to also be used for print.