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Jan
27
revised How can I lock down Microsoft Word to protect our branding?
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Jan
27
answered How can I lock down Microsoft Word to protect our branding?
Jan
26
comment Can't save PSD as JPEG
@horatio: Yea, I've personally found that Photoshop bands more heavily in 32-bit mode than in 8-bit, probably because the quantization needed to simulate 32-bit color on 8-bit displays.
Jan
26
comment Can't save PSD as JPEG
That's a separate question, but it's probably an incorrect file extension. It could be a TIFF file using JPEG-XR (HD Photo/Windows Meda Photo) compression, which supports 32-bit color depth.
Jan
26
answered Are there any animation programs other than Flash?
Jan
26
comment Speed effect on electrons - 3D
If it's supposed to be scientifically rigorous, then shouldn't the illustration represent an electron cloud or show the electrons as a wave function rather than discrete moving particles of the Rutherford model a la old pre-quantum-theory textbooks?
Jan
25
comment Software like InDesign or QuarkXPress to create instructional documents
A superior way to do syntax highlighting is to use a source code printer like listings to generate the properly typeset code in LaTeX. This can then be used in Quark, InDesign, etc. In addition to LaTeX's usefulness for bulk typesetting (and not just for source code) in document/book publishing, listings supports a ton of different languages and comes with lots of options. It's far preferable to trying to come up with your own GREP styles to parse each language yourself.
Jan
25
answered Can't save PSD as JPEG
Jan
24
comment Print outline preview in illustrator
Well, my own Google research suggests that there isn't a way other than doing a screenshot, but I know that there are screen grab utilities out there that can capture a window that extends beyond the edge of your screen. So in theory, you should be able to just expand Illustrator to be big enough to show the entire image and do a screen grab that way.
Jan
24
comment Print outline preview in illustrator
Why is taking a screenshot not an option?
Jan
23
comment If I make a design in RGB mode and then change it to CMYK how will it look when it's printed?
e100 makes a good point. And (R0, G0, B0) gets converted to a form of "rich black"--(63C, 52M, 51Y, 100K). You can read more about the different blacks here.
Jan
23
answered Export a design for Print Usage, preserving the vector
Jan
23
answered If I make a design in RGB mode and then change it to CMYK how will it look when it's printed?
Jan
21
comment Which angles look good
I think most ascetics prefer chanting scripture and self-flagellation over playing Xbox.
Jan
20
comment What does MMH stand for?
Is this something that is still actually used? I'm having a hard time finding any info on "Modified Modified Huffman". All the references Google comes up with are on myspace or in other languages.
Jan
16
revised Why is black not a natural color?
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Jan
16
comment Why is black not a natural color?
Another thing worth pointing out is that neutral white/black points vary depending on the lighting. Many inks may be designed to be neutral black in specific lighting conditions, but if you view them under sunlight vs. fluorescent lighting, they might not seem so neutral. Similarly, depending on the surrounding color choices, an off-black black may seem more neutral as well as more natural/realistic.
Jan
16
answered Why is black not a natural color?
Jan
14
comment What should a (technical) writer know about graphic design?
The other suggestions are spot on, however. Josef Muller-Brockmann's "Grid systems in graphic design" is an excellent book on layout design. It's a dense read, but is the definitive text on grid layouts. Also, a note about margins: don't make them all the same. A simplification but a good rule-of-themb is to make the top margin slightly larger than the bottom margin, and the outer margins greater than the inner margins (the side along the binding).
Jan
14
comment What should a (technical) writer know about graphic design?
I disagree with using a single typeface. Most professionally typeset books use a different display type from text type. Having contrast between headings and body text adds aesthetic appeal, and using contrasting typefaces and weights is a good way to achieve this (e.g. a hard sans serif heading paired against a softer serif font). Assigning distinct roles is also good practice (e.g. a monospace/typewriter font for code samples and another typeface for pullquotes). I'd say having 2~5 fonts from 2, maybe 3, families is within reason for a textbook.