Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Making thumbnails, part of Designing a Brochure (2009).
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Before you sit down at your computer and start designing, it's a good idea to make some thumbnail sketches. Some graphic designers draw elaborate and detailed thumbnails that are things of beauty. I'm not one of those people. My thumbnails are hastily drawn, almost child-like and won't mean anything to anyone but me. But that's okay, because I don't make them to show to other people. I make them solely to clarify my own thoughts, to give me a road map of where I'm going. It's tempting to skip this stage and start trying to work things out on the computer, but this can waste a lot of time. No matter how fast you are in Photoshop or InDesign. Chances are you will end up tinkering, moving an element a few pixels this way or that way, scaling an image of bit bigger or a bit smaller, working on an idea that no matter how much you refine it is ultimately just a bad idea. And before you know it, several hours have gone by and you have achieved nothing.
Making thumbnails can help you weed out the bad ideas from those that have some merit and it's only these potentially good ideas that you need to pursue when you sit down with computer and software. So before you even turn on your machine, pick up pencil and paper and sketch some thumbnails. It will save you a lot of time and frustration and ultimately produce a better design.
InDesign CS4 and Illustrator CS4 Essential Training are recommended prerequisites to fully execute the techniques in this title.
- Integrating InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
- Establishing a workflow that combines maximum efficiency with maximum editing flexibility
- Working with a printer at the outset
- Designing with grids to create balance
- Choosing fonts and color palettes for a consistent look and feel
- Manipulating images for maximum impact
- Exploring different brochure formats and folding
- Proofing and printing the final product
Skill Level Intermediate
Up and Running with Photoshop for Designwith Deke McClelland3h 36m Appropriate for all
1. Getting Started
2. Setting Up the Workspace
3. Setting Up the Document
4. Creating the Background
5. Working with Text
6. Preparing Images
7. Preparing for Print
8. Alternative Brochure Styles
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