How to insert the filename in Adobe Indesign Documents

by Andrew Brett Watson

Inserting the filename is really handy in Indesign documents. It means if you are viewing the .pdf or a printed version and you need to look for it then you can see what to search for because the name of the document has been stamped into the indesign file. Even better, Indesign will do it dynamically, so that after you have inserted the filename into your indesign document if you later decide to change the filename, when you open the document up again in Indesign, the filename will update automatically (just be careful you only change the filename before it’s printed or sent out, otherwise you might defeat the purpose if inserting there filename in the In Design document in the first place!).



I can show you how with a single screenshot.


Here's how to insert a filename stamp into an Indesign document:

 screenshot on how to Insert Filename stamp into Adbe Indesign

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What I want from a flat file CMS: (@getgrav might just be the closest).

by Andrew Brett Watson

I was just jotting some ideas about flat file CMS's and what would make me start to use one of them. Falt file CMS's are a way of building websites (and managing their content) without having to write all the code. A normal CMS uses a database to organise stor the content, a flat file CMS simply uses stored text files (which makes it easier because the system doesn't need to look it up). This is what I am looking for from a Flat file CMS:

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What colour should my logo be?

by Andrew Brett Watson

 

Logos of the world
Some popular logos of the world

 

Designing a logo is a great responsibility. It will be the symbol which will be associated with the business for quite a while to come. When you are designing a logo quite often one of the biggest questions is which colour should it be?

Really the number one answer to that is what every looks good to you and seams to portray you in the right light. Whatever appeals to you as the right colour for your logo is probably also the best for the general public. There is no magic colour which gets "more sales".

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New #webdesign Molinos MODO coffee grinder company.

by Andrew Brett Watson

My latest website build: Coffee Grinders Company MODO

 

Molinos MODO Screenshot of Banner on web page

We just rolled out our latest website build. I work for a group of coffee companies ins Spain related to the coffee trade. In the group there is a company which makes coffee capsules, another which does coffee beans for the hospitality trade and there are some which make those same products but just in a different price range.

(Update. I no longer work at Molinos MODO).
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Can I use silver as the background for a Barcode?

by Andrew Brett Watson

Should a Barcode use a Silver or Gold background?

 

I wanted to print an image on a coffee age including a barcode but let the silver color of the aluminum foil show through and needed to know if the barcode would work with a silver background.

I wanted a straight answer for the question “Can I use silver as the background for a Barcode?” but couldn’t find the answer by itself, so to save others from having searching to find out if barcodes can be printed with a silver background and to have to read thorough loads of data, here it is:

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Breaktrough Terminator inspired #3Dprinting with real #WOW factor @Carbon3D

by Andrew Brett Watson

Mind blowing 3D tech of the day goes to: Carbon 3D Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP).

If you are involved in manufaturing this video might just blow your mind. I had never heard of Carobn 3D until I came accross a press realease today about thier new 3D printing technique which grows the 3D objects in a pool of resin reminiscent of how the T1000 grew back up out of droplets int the movie Terminator 2.

The Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP) uses light and oxygen to “continuously grow objects from a pool of resin instead of printing them layer-by-layer.”

Well,... take a look for yourself. Keep in mind this is 7 times normal speed, but it still does not fail to impress:


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I can only Rasterise Illustrator objects as CMYK how do I rasterize them as RGB?

by Andrew Brett Watson

CMYK are the primary colours of pigment (well, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow are - the black is a key colour, hence the “K”). But you may find yourself editing some artwork in Illustrator and you need to rasterize some vectors and/or images and the only option Illustrator gives to you is CMYK. This is fine if you are going to print the artwork because you will need the image in the primary colours of pigment in order to print them, but if you only want to view the artwork on screen or make a PDF for on screen viewing or if you are creating a web image, then you will want to rasterize as RGB.

How DO you rasterise images or objects in Illustrator as RGB if that is not an option?


How DO you rasterise images or objects in Illustrator as RGB if there is no option to do so?

Actually there IS a rasterise as RGB option in illustrator and it’s easy to find.

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How to make Header images and other images responsive on a web page.

by Andrew Brett Watson
How to make Header images and other images responsive on a web page.
 
How to make Header images and other images responsive on a web page.
 
Here is a quick tutorial to show you how to place a responsive image into your website in HTML. It was designed to be used in a module of a popular CMS like Joomla, Drupal or Wordpress so that the image is responsive and resizes according to the browser windows size, but should work on an web page you design. Add a comment Read more: How to make Header images and other images responsive on a web page.

How do you export guides from Illustrator to Photoshop.

by Andrew Brett Watson

 So, you set up an amazing image in Adobe illustrator and carefully and exactly laid out some guides... Perhaps your plan was to create slices from those guides, until you found that the “create slices from guides” option in Adobe Illustrator sucks balls. Or maybe you are making a web graphic and want to set up slices in Photoshop because you want exact pixel control where the image will be sliced.

Regardless the reason, you simply want to copy the guides from illustrator and paste them into Photoshop, or export/import them, whatever, you want to move Adobe illustrator guides to Adobe Photoshop.