All About COLOR

RGB vs CMYK, Gradients and Silhouetting
Class 3
Assignment 1

What Did We Cover?

About Color

  1. How to load Pantone (PMS) colors and save them to your SWATCH panel. When loading Pantone colors you want to use the library PANTONE - SOLID COATED.
  2. We then created PASTELS from the Pantones of our loaded colors (Select color Shift, click new page icon) Your PERCENTAGE pastel will automatically be added to your swatch palette. This keeps you from having to resset your number each time.
  3. Rich Blacks - If you want your black to look really dark and shiney you need to use ALL your channels - or all your cmyk inks. A great formula is: C40/M40/Y40/B100.
  4. And we started MIXING our own CMYK colors
  5. Adding MORE pages to our document ⌘
  6. We printed our PANTONE design (Page 2.) By creating a low res pdf, your files will print faster AND you can see if any of your typfaces won't print. If they don't print you can turn those words into "OUTLINES"under type. Ehen printing for THIS class using the a) Crops b) Page Informtion and c) BLEED – CHECKED.
  7. When Type goes BAD
  8. About Creating OUTLINES of your fonts especial for Mini-pics. A bumch of those fonts are in the "for You Guys "folder'"
  9. OF NOTE: When type comes in with a PINK BAR displayed, it means the font isn't loaded.You can either LOAD the font, OR you can go to "FIND FONTS" (under Type in the Menu bar) and REPLACE it with a different font.

Silhouetting an Image

When cutting an item out make the BACKGROUND layer has been converted to a LAYER. Cutting out an item with the Quick Selection is good for comps and rogh designs but NOT really clean. However, you can take that quick selection and TURN IT INTO A PATH. Just SAVE that selection in the PATH panel.


pumpkin Or use the pen tool to make a razor sharp clipping path.
Cut-Out You do NOT need to delete the background if you don't want to.
From here you can make a mask and HIDE want you don't want seen.


A Reminder About Packaging

You must package your project when you hand it in

What's Next?

  1. Fine tuning the workspace
  2. RGB vs CMYK - RGB is for the web and MONITORS. CMYK is for print. Millions of colors exist in the word of RGB. RGB blues will shift to a much darker color when converting to CMYK
  3. DEFINITELY - silhouetting an object and importing it into InDesign
  4. Gradients - How to make as many blends as you can imagine in InDesign
  5. What is a trompe l'oeil illusions and what the BRAIN sees
  6. The Best way to print AND how NOT to get charged for printing.
  7. Like I said we will be JUMPING Into Photoshop, So have a few images of your staring chearcter of the MOVIE PROJECT

What's Due?

Artwork by Isabel Yayla

We're now done with this project. Above is a sample of a well done final Panel.

These are the elements that SHOULD be included:

1st Page – Your original design. Simple black, white or graycale. Remember you MUST have at least 5 different typefaces.

2nd Page – KEEP YOUR PANTONE CHIPS! Your design is using ONLY your 2 chosen pantone colors, plus black, white and shades of gray. You must use percentages of your 2 colors as well to create CONTRAST. Please change and improve your design on this page. Your creativity Will COUNT! The page should have some kind of tone that uses your bleed.

3rd Page - You need to insert a simple image SILOUHETTED. That means CUT OUT. This should be an entirely new design INCLUDING your silhouetted image. Use your GRID or Guides to find EQUIVACAL lines as a guide to create a final pattern, ANY colors you want are OK! This page should also have colored tone that goes to the bleed in the background.

Please don't forget to bring in 2 or more images to CUT OUT to put in your 3rd page.

Pepsi Art

Pepsi ad using an image with graphics around it.
All three pages need to be in ONE InDesign document 8" x 8". Print your PANTONE page in color with your 2 chips taped on top. (Most did this our 2nd week) .