Student Questions & Answers
Luminous Works students are invited to email their instructor with questions that arise after the course is over. Since many of you may benefit from the answers we've supplied over the years, we built our Q & A page as a resource. We've just begun the process, so check back periodically as the list of questions grows.
Our Newsletter: The Luminous Works Report
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- with gratitude
Around the turn of the century, I'd been invited to speak at a Photoshop conference in San Francisco. I was chatting with the organizer (an old friend) in the hotel ... Continue Reading on Substack »
- Without deadlines or the need to please others, we can develop new skills and techniques that will serve when time is short and clients call
- Achieve consistent and predictable gradations in all the software you use
If you thought the gradients you make in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop weren't quite the same, you’re right. So, If you need to create in multiple programs, you need more ... Continue Reading on Substack »
- With few exceptions, your assets should not be in CMYK—even for print
I've worked with and taught graphic designers, illustrators, and photographers for decades. For almost all of this time, I've had to combat archaic habits and workflows and persistent myths about ... Continue Reading on Substack »
- The path from Word or Google Docs to InDesign is often fraught. Markdown offers writers and InDesigners a smoother path.
If a Microsoft Word user employs styles reliably and consistently, placing their Word doc into an InDesign publication can go smoothly. We congratulate the several people who are able to ... Continue Reading on Substack »
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Even More Resources
Short, sweet, and casual. Tips, tutorials, and services from us and our friends.
Download ClassicSpotColorsASE.zip, an Adobe Swatch Exchange (ASE) file containing spot color swatches with names and Lab definitions reminiscent of those famous color libraries disappearing from Adobe applications.
In Illustrator, use the Swatches panel menu > Open Swatch Library > Other Library... and navigate to the ASE file.
In InDesign, use the Swatches panel menu > New Color Swatch.... In the dialog that opens, in the Color Mode menu, choose Other Library....
- Download the assets for our Markdown to InDesign tip. Learn how to use the supplied script with:
a video on our YouTube channel,
our short article on our Substack newsletter, the Luminous Works Report,
or a more comprehensive article (PDF) with a bit more background.
- CreativePro's resources are fabulous for any creative software user, nearly as useful as our classes! We subscribe to CreativePro Magazine, which we recommend. Subscribe here.
- Better white type on black fields in Illustrator. This tip may help you use more delicate typefaces even when the text needs to be white on black.
- CSS Tricks.
Whether beginner or expert, this is a great resource for all things a web designer or developer could want.
- InDesign: WordsFlow plugin for MS Word to InDesign Workflows.
I've been passing along a recommendation for this plugin for so long, I finally had to try it myself. Why did I wait so long? From Word to InDesign and back again with styles intact! Straightforward and reliable, it saved me hours already with the first project to which I applied it. The link above will take you to Em Software's site where you can download a 15-day trial.
- Photoshop: The Myths of Lab Mode
The Lab color model is wonderful. After all, it represents human vision. But there are claims made about why Photoshop users need it for color and tonal correction. Here, we try to set things straight. Warning: it's a little cranky.
- Lab is warped, an article by Pat Herold of Chromix, is a fun and informative look at the color space behind the ones we know: RGB and CMYK. A few reminders of the basics thrown in make a worth a look for anyone into color.
- InDesign: Ridding Your Text of Runts
Those annoying short words on their own line at the end of paragraphs are frequently called "runts" and this tip will help you prevent them.
- InDesign: maintain the same content in multiple places with Place and Link
Whether it's layered fonts or other reasons, you just sometimes need to have the same text in multiple places. This tip will make that easier.
- Equalizing Shapes in InDesign
Different sizes of objects got you down? This will make life easy—fast!
- The Adobe Pen Tool (48 min) video. Remember to download the Illustrator file (right-click, Save as). On YouTube, derived from our half-day class.
- Hand-forged fashion accessories from Steel Toe Studios
Gorgeous metalwork from the hands that made our beautiful brass doorplate.
- Color Management Services: Chromix
Need color profiles for your printing devices? One of our cherished partners, Chromix, has revved their Color Valet service to make profiling your output devices more painless than ever.
- Evolution Press
In a time that is seeing a resurgence of letterpress printing, this place really stands out. Absolutely first rate stuff. If you like print, you'll love their letterpress work! They made our cards.
- Andiamo Tours
Every creative person needs to recharge. Where better to do that than in Italy? The tours from Paola\'s Andiamo Tours are perfect!
- Adobe software updates
- Adobe software forums
Your questions may have been asked before. Some of the more common ones, and other users' solutions, may be found here.
Recommended Books and Gear
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Written by our instructors & friends, Steve Laskevitch, Jason Hoppe, Ben Goldsmith and Jeff Carlson, the books in this series contain a full step-by-step course and a comprehensive reference. Click on the image of the covers to order or learn more.
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