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How to change default black to rich black in InDesign - and why you should

Cat was about to send the artwork for the 'trend' loyalty card to the printers, when she remembered a story she'd read on the extremely informative InDesign Secrets. It concerned a full page advert in a glossy magazine, of an ostensibly naked runner with a black stripe obscuring his genitals. Well, that was the inference - he was supposed to be buck nakkid. However, because the designer had used solid 100% black ink, the black stripe wasn't completely opaque, which meant that readers could see that he was really wearing running shorts. Kinda spoilt the illusion of nudity - but at least it wasn't obscene. You win some, you lose some.

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 Published: 11th November 2014 by Cat.
Categories: How to, Design tools, Case Studies


Installing Crashplan on a Synology Diskstation

Backing up using a cloud-based backup service is a really good idea. We like Crashplan, and we have used it for a while. In fact, if you have a friend or two who also use Crashplan, you can back up to each others' computers, for free. This makes Crashplan by far the best free cloud-based service available if you do it that way - or even if you pay to backup to Crashplan itself, it's still not bad. 


Anyway, let's assume you're convinced of the merits of backing up regularly offsite, and of using Crashplan. If you're not, then you won't find the rest of this article very interesting. 

Crashplan installs as a bit of client software, which then interacts with the local storage, and remote storage. If you just have one machine, and install Crashplan on it, everything is simple. But for us, things are slightly more complicated. We have several machines, and they all keep their data on a network. When a local hard disk fails - which happens now and again - that way we don't lose our work. So we have a shared local network server that we keep our work on. It is a Synology Diskstation DS413j. Like all Diskstations, it runs a version of Linux and is a server in its own right which can be used to run all sorts of software. So for a while we have been trying to find a way to run Crashplan on it. Previously we ran Crashplan on a local PC which used the Diskstation disks as network drives, and this machine backed everybody's files up to the cloud. This was not ideal because 1) It put a lot of load on one PC, and 2) it only worked when that PC was on, which is not ideal for backup, which ideally ought to 'just happen' without human intervention.  So, what to do? Read on to see. 

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 Published: 4th March 2014 by Matt.
Categories: From the Engine Room, How to


Case Study: Level Hair and Beauty

Anyone familiar with the powerhouse team behind Pinkeye Graphics knows that far from having a 'just stepped out of the salon' look, we appear to have never even stepped IN across the threshold. As of a couple of weeks ago (for one of us at least) that was probably true - until we were invited by Level Hair and Beauty in our home town of Ryde to produce some publications.

Before (left) and after: price list and appointment card
Before (left) and after: price list and appointment card

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 Published: 6th October 2013 by Cat.
Categories: Pinkeye Graphics news, Case Studies


An easy way to switch path selection

Don't know about you, but Cat likes to use the pen tool when cutting something from its background in Photoshop. There are plenty of awesome techniques for cutting out wayward hair, described elsewhere on the internet. Watch and learn.

Path selection


This tutorial lets you know how you can remedy a simple error. You know how it is - you're concentrating so hard on outlining a shape in Photoshop that it's not until you've finished fiddling about that you spot that you had the selection set to 'subtract' instead of 'add'. Yes, you can select the path (Ctrl+click, when mouse is in the layer thumbnail), invert selection then make a new path.

However, there is an easier way. Use the Path Selection Tool (A) and click on a piece of the path. The path becomes live and, using the selection tool, click on Add to Shape Area (+) in the area selection tool bar. Et voila! *takes a bow*

 Published: 23rd September 2013 by Cat.
Categories: How to, Design tools


Multiple Tab Stops in a Table of Contents

Anyone who has produced a book in InDesign will know what a boon the automatic production of a table of contents can be. Just one click and it's done (kinda!).

The first thing to consider BEFORE working on a document that will need a table of contents is to use papragraph styles for your chapter headers (or whatever item you want to have listed). In the example we have created a table of contents for a furniture exhibition catalogue - the Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design.

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Tags: indesign
 Published: 6th July 2013 by Cat.
Categories: How to, Design tools

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