Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Gathering assets and substituting missing fonts, part of Designing a Poster.
So let's have a quick overview of our poster. It's going to be for a production of Romeo and Juliet by the Royle Shakespeare Company at a theatre in Brighton, England called the Twilight Theatre. It doesn't exist, but that doesn't matter. Let's have a look at our exercise files and the assets that we are going to use for the poster are in the Links folder. Let's take a look at what's in there. I'm going to drag this Links folder on to Bridge and we want to make sure that we are looking on the Desktop/exercise_ files/Links. These are the images that we have to work with or at least the images that I have to work with.
To be fair you are not going to have all of these; some of these images are stock photography that I don't have the rights to distribute. But you can go to the istockphoto.com website and download low-resolution comping versions of these images. Or you can use similar images. I'm talking about all of these that begin with the iStock name. So we have got images of iconography popularly associated with Romeo and Juliet. Daggers, roses, wilted roses, different kinds of roses, young lovers, Juliet's balcony and then for some of our more contemporary interpretations, we have got some textures which we are going to use in the background.
I am working here in Bridge. And Bridge, if you are not familiar with it, is a fantastic file management, asset management, kind of Swiss army knife of a program. It does so many things. Many different things to many different people. What it's going to do for us though is it's going to allow us to easily evaluate what we have, the assets that we are working with and their quality and I'm working now in full view. And in full view you have got various different workspaces.
If I switch from Essentials to Filmstrip I then get a much bigger preview, and in this bigger preview I can click on any portion of the image. You see that my cursor becomes a magnifying glass and when I click on that, that portion of the image is displayed at 100%. So we can check out how good the image quality is without having to take the time and trouble of actually opening the image in Photoshop itself. Let me switch now back to Essentials.
Another thing I should mention is that here is the text file of the text that goes into the poster. Although, when we make the template I'll include as part of the template that text file. It's a very short body of text. But if you do want to begin completely from scratch, here is that Word document that you can place into your InDesign document. Throughout the course of creating these posters, I'm going to be using a wide variety of fonts. Some of these you may not have. So you may find yourself in this situation where you open up one of the finished InDesign documents and you see a missing font message. Here is how to handle it. It tells us that we are missing Odeon Condensed. I'm going to find that font. Select it right there and I'm going to need to choose what I replace it with. Now Odeon Condensed is a very condensed font and we need to replace it with a font that is also very condensed. One that I know we'll all have is this one, Myriad Pro Condensed. Now this isn't always going to be a smooth transition because the different weights of the characters is going to mean that the text in the new font may not necessarily fit in the old size text frame.
So we might have to adjust a few things. I click Change All and not much has suffered except that we have lost the text in this text frame here. If I click on that I would then need to expand the size of that text frame. So that it's big enough to accommodate all of the text. Now that's obviously too big in this case because it's overlapping the image. So we would need to go a step further. Perhaps we can move it down a little bit and we would then also need to size it down. I'm using keyboard shortcuts to do that and once I have got that size right there, I'm actually going to come up to my Control panel. Select it there, copy it from there and select the word Juliet and paste that size into there.
So that is the same size as the word Romeo. So things are going to change slightly. It's important to know that you might need to be adaptable here. To see the posters with the fonts as I intended you can open up the final PDF versions and if we go to Desktop in the exercise_files folder, there is a folder called poster pdfs and this one is number seven. We can double-click on that. So you can always compare that to your work in progress. That's my finished version and of course, yours doesn't have to end up like that. This is just how mine ended up. So in conclusion, we have a folder for linked graphics and these are the images that we are going to be using in the posters. You may have to substitute some of these images for your own similar images or download low resolution comping versions of these images from the iStockphoto web site or from any other stock photography web site and also a lot of the fonts that I'm using, you might not have so substitute your own similar fonts. Now I think we are ready to roll up our shirtsleeves and get started.
Adobe InDesign CS4 and Illustrator CS4 Essential Training are recommended prerequisites to fully execute the techniques in this title.
- Generating ideas for layout and design
- Combining InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
- Establishing a workflow that blends maximum efficiency with maximum editing flexibility
- Choosing appropriate typefaces and imagery
- Choosing colors that convey the message
- Making the most of images
- Creating mockups for client approval and in preparation for printing