Turn to Path Styler Pro for logos, title graphics
Posted 09 May 2008 - 04:39 PM
Posted 10 May 2008 - 07:14 AM
Good design/bad design off to the side for the moment, the cost of decent (Decent to good to a trained eye, good to great to a layman's eye; assuming the file isn't drek. Garbage in, garbage out lives on.) full color reproduction isn't the speedbump it used to be. A slew of places, from local quick printers to online places like VistaPrint, are offering decent quality full color output of one type or another at pricing that rivals what one or two color printing used to go for.
And everybody's doing it too. Where I work we have clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies pumping material out like there's no tomorrow. For better or worse, from a design perspective, the tariff for full color printing has made it available to a lot more people these days.
Posted 10 May 2008 - 07:56 AM
Posted 10 May 2008 - 08:32 AM
Download the demo and give it a try. I think you'll be surprised at how much you can do with it.
Posted 10 May 2008 - 09:40 AM
Going off halfcocked and implying that I'm lying isn't going to make the changes that are being seen in the printing industry go away. If you read my post again, you'll see that I never said that I work for an online printer. I do, however work for a very large quick printer in a major city, and yes, our clients do include everything from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.
We do tons of collateral ranging from stationery to investor reports to sales materials. Heard of a color scheme? Of course. We even get pages from corporate design bibles; accompanied half the time with requests to break at least one of the included guidelines. You warn them of what they're doing; sometimes they get it, sometimes they don't. You move on.
A lot of the work is still offset, but the percentage that's done through some version of digital output is growing everyday and is already starting to nudge the fifty percent threshold. Some of it I wouldn't line a litterbox with, but a lot of freelance and in-house corporate designers are learning to work with the limitations and produce a decent result.
Years ago the creation side of things was revolutionized when the tools to create became more affordable. Now the output side of things is starting to go through a similar change; more options available to more people for less. Presses aren't going to disappear from the shop floor anytime soon, but they do have competition now that just wasn't there before.
Posted 10 May 2008 - 12:34 PM
Posted 12 May 2008 - 09:10 AM
Print on demand, variable data printing, printing in exotic substrates, you name it, it's now possible. Offset is only feasible with large runs, but with new workflow in place, the old print and distribute is no longer as cost effective as the new distribute and print. In other words, it used to be better to have a large run printed then shipped to all it's final destinations, where they were locally distributed. Now you distribute the material digitally to all the local markets where the job is locally produced and distributed.
So I will side with you on this argument. Not everything that is considered good design has to be printed in a 40" press.
Posted 13 May 2008 - 11:04 AM
One of its "features" is that "Path Styler Pro also preserves spot colors and creates beautiful images shaded with a single spot color and black in Illustrator CS3."
So... equally good for 2-color OR process color printing.
Get over yourselves!!
Posted 13 May 2008 - 11:24 AM
I am curious because I could not set up a spot color file with the Illustrator plugin. I am sure it can be done, but the feature is less then intuitive.
I have been able to create some pretty fancy spot color separations in Photoshop using the Channel mixer feature, but it is still pretty cumbersome. If this is possible through Path Styler Pro, I am with you 100%
Are you limited to one spot color and black?