I’ve been a bit hesitant to get into other topics on here as this is intended to be a business website. The larger goal is to solicit freelance work by displaying my artwork and contact information. With that understanding, I do realize that visitors will get bored of seeing only technical posts about issues related to graphic design. This is not a political blog nor is it restricted to any one theme. I may talk about politics, the economy and so forth but my intention is to have that kind of commentary be the exception and not the norm. I may also throw in a few bits about the ongoing saga at my company which is going through a massive transformation which will continue beyond the coming layoffs of myself and several coworkers in my department. We are part of that transformation and we’re all dealing with change in our own ways or not.
Hopefully this will be a somewhat informative and somewhat entertaining corkboard on which I’ll be tacking up notes of varying lengths. The next steps in its development will be to hook up other social media accounts and become more active on those websites. I have been hesitant to connect my Facebook account to this website because I am and have been concerned that prospective employers might see something connected with me on FB and decide against hiring me. But as I continue to think about it, I think that is a shitty way of doing business. If you’re a prospective employer and you don’t like what you see among my social media postings and that’s coloring your hiring decisions, I don’t want to work for you.
I’ll try to post something here daily and hopefully related to design. I may include postings about music as I started taking Irish Whistle lessons back in June. I may even throw up a recording or two on here once I get to that point.
I now have the WP to Twitter plugin installed. Posts are now automatically tweeted. Yes, including this one. Since I have not fully decided my business relationship to Facebook I have not installed the plugin for that.
My print experience so far is limited to newspapers. I haven’t seen many colourspace mistakes in other types of printed products. Usually an artist gets in a hurry or is distracted and allows a piece of art to get out without converting it from RGB to CMYK. Preflight functions in software packages are supposed to catch those errors and notify the user in a report but that’s never 100% reliable. So occasionally this kind of error makes it all the way to the press. Once it’s discovered, it’s my job to fix those problems so that the job runs correctly.
Someone asked me in a meeting recently what the difference looked like. I told her that it looks like you’re seeing the image behind a dirty window screen. It’s not as clear or sharp and looks as though the press is running out of ink in that particular spot. Below I have a couple of examples of what this looks like.
This is a “normal” image. When it has been converted to CMYK and printed in 4-color process it should look like this. It should be clear and sharp. The inks should not look watered-down.
This is a photo with the Black channel missing. This is what happens when you attempt to print an RGB file in 4-color process. The Red, Green and Blue channels in the RGB image convert to Cyan, Magenta and Yellow in 4-color process but the black is missing.
When you run across these types of errors they should be fixed immediately. Sometimes deadline pressures don’t allow for that. If that is the case, do the conversion anyway to make sure it prints correctly the next time that art is used.
Colourspace errors are not limited to raster images. Vector graphics and type often end up on the press in RGB as well. Sometimes a designer will use cyan, magenta and/or yellow in artwork and simply not have black. There might be green type that is composed of cyan and yellow or a red that is magenta and yellow. Intentional design elements are not errors. Experience will give you the ability to know the difference.
I just turned in a request to cancel my vacation. With layoffs coming there is a strong chance I won’t be working at the paper in October. Since vacation is earned and not accrued I do not want to owe money at the end.