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Tom Van Damme

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February 11th 2016
15 Posts
InDesign fails to export PDF
by Kara Reddy 10 months ago
Currently using Indesign 14.0.2, on a 2013 Macbook 10.13. I am trying to export an InDesign document as a PDF, but every time I try it fails. No error message, no warning, no information about potenti
Re: InDesign fails to export PDF
by Tom Van Damme 10 months ago
Hi Kara, you could try exporting to another location. I regularly encounter problems when exporting to a network drive. Or copy all elements in a new document, and try exporting again. Maybe copy elem
Variables in Illustrator: Some questions
by Lucas Stefanini 2 years ago
Hello all. I've lurked Creative Cow for some years now and always found the community to be very helpful! Most of the issues I've had in the past were previously solved by members of the forums and I
Re: Variables in Illustrator: Some questions
by Tom Van Damme 2 years ago
Hi Lucas, these things would be pretty straightforward in Indesign, but I have never tried to do anything like that in Illustrator. I'd like to see if anyone ever has About the conditional formatting:
Changing Text Color Based on Background/Image
by Daniel Yow 2 years ago
I am unsure if this is the right place to seek help. It can either be After Effects or Photoshop. I want to have a text inverted based on the color of an image in the background. Like, say a white tex
Re: Changing Text Color Based on Background/Image
by Tom Van Damme 2 years ago
Hi Daniel, this is a pretty easy effect in Photoshop actually Your text should be on a separate text layer when you add it. Then simply select "Difference" in the Opacity pulldown menu when selecting
changing the color of EPS graphic
by Mike Tyler 2 years ago
Is there a way to see what color profile is the EPS I've recently sent a pdf file with an EPS logo, which needs to be printed in golden foil.. and the printer said it's not suitable and I need to adju
Re: changing the color of EPS graphic
by Tom Van Damme 2 years ago
Hello Mike, I'm not quite sure how the colour profile can be important when you need something printed in foil. It's the colour of the foil that determines the colour anyways, no matter which profile
Indesign - extra letters are appearing, overlapping existing text
by Meghan Feola 2 years ago
I am working on a magazine layout and I have copy and pasted word doc text into a text box in indesign. One of the lines is doing something odd. Some of the letters are appearing in the wrong spots an
Re: Indesign - extra letters are appearing, overlapping existing text
by Tom Van Damme 2 years ago
Maybe the problem only occurs in certain conditions or with a certain character combination. This is probably due to a glitch in the kerning tables (This often happens with free fonts). If you're on a
Preparing Large (Oversize) PDFs from Illustrator Documents for Printing
by Ahmed ElShenawy 2 years ago
Hello everyone, I'm a novice when it comes to printing and I need some advice, please. I've been asked to design a 2.5x8 metres banner. Because of Illustrator document size limits I created it half th
Re: Preparing Large (Oversize) PDFs from Illustrator Documents for Printing
by Ahmed ElShenawy 2 years ago
Hey Tom, My design was also used for a booth, and it finally worked out In utter frustration I sent the design both scaled down and split into 2 artboards PDF pages for the print shop to scale up in t
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Tom Van Damme liked this 2 years ago
Illustrator Novice Question - How to change the color of a graphic easily?
by David Donald 2 years ago
I have a graphic that is created by many shapes and elements. Two colors compose this graphic: red and white. The shapes are composed in two colors red and white in fill and stroke. Some shapes have a
Re: Illustrator Novice Question - How to change the color of a graphic easily?
by Tom Van Damme 2 years ago
Hi David, did you try "Edit colours" under the Edit menu You need to select something first and then go to Edit Edit colors Recolor Artwork Selecting only the reds should work with selecting one red e
Pathfinder path precision
by Luke Regan 2 years ago
When working in Illustrator I get edge artifacts after dividing shapes. After perfectly aligning the shapes I would expect a clean edge but maybe that's asking too much. Here's what I mean: I have two
Re: Pathfinder path precision
by Luke Regan 2 years ago
Solution: don't use rounded rectangles in Illustrator. If I start with a circle and a square I can achieve what I need using the divide tool. A bit clunky but no artifacts. There must be issues with t
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Tom Van Damme liked this 2 years ago
Saving as a PDF - displays way too big
by chris brett 2 years ago
Hi ----- have art worked elaborate A4 invoice in Photoshop - all ok but I have a problem when exporting as a PDF to email to client --- it displays way too big in adobe reader and the type looks dread
Re: Saving as a PDF - displays way too big
by Tom Van Damme 2 years ago
Hi Chris, is your resolution set high enough Anything under 150dpi will look blocky (300dpi usually does the trick). And what do you mean with "way too big in adobe reader" - is the page size off You
brush library
by Jasford Muldoon 2 years ago
How do i make it so i can see the brush shapes as pictures rather than all these files This is what i want: this is what i have:
Re: brush library
by Tom Van Damme 2 years ago
Then THIS is what you need: simply click on the (very) small cogwheel on the top right of the brush panel and pick whatever option you prefer. The top screenshot you posted probably only has the "brus
Save as PDF with embed font
by Davide Rivolta 2 years ago
Hi, everybody. I was wondering: is there a way to save an Illustrator file as PDF embedding all fonts without convert fonts in outlines
Re: Save as PDF with embed font
by Tom Van Damme 2 years ago
Hello Davide, I believe Illustrator automatically embeds fonts when you export a file to PDF. You can change the amount of subsetting (i.e. only embedding the used characters in your document, and lea
Outer Glow Pixelation on Outlined Font?
by Bob Thompson 2 years ago
I have an ugly banding pixelation on an outlined font that I applied an outer glow effect. Does anyone have a remedy so it will be smooth The attached image is at 300% but it's noticeable at 100%. Thi
Re: Outer Glow Pixelation on Outlined Font?
by Tom Van Damme 2 years ago
Hi Bob, did you check your "Document Raster Effects Settings" under the Effect menu You can set the resolution of your effects to a higher quality - that should do the trick Cheers, Tom
Rendering is too too slow!
by Ahmed Merghny 3 years ago
*AMC CC 2015.4 I'm using Dell Inspiron 15R N5110 win 10 x64 Memory 6144 MB RAM How can i make it faster
Re: Rendering is too too slow!
by Tom Van Damme 3 years ago
Hi Ahmed, Is it just this project, or do all projects render slowly I think it mostly depends on the source material you are using. (i.e. when you use PNG with high compression rates in your projects,
Project Management
by Matt Dawson 4 years ago
Hello, we work in Creative Services at a TV station. We handle Local Commercial Production & Promotions for hundreds of clients. As you can imagine, the organizational habits we stepped into are a nig
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Tom Van Damme liked this 4 years ago
Re: Project Management
by Joseph W. Bourke 4 years ago
Yes there is: Adobe Bridge. As Art Director at an ABC affiliate in New Hampshire, I was in charge of digital assets for News, Commercial Production, and Promotions. I used Bridge to manage upwards of
Where do I find Spot Colors in InDesign?
by Claire Presnall 4 years ago
I'm usually an AE or PS user, but I'm doing a job in InDesign, and have had trouble with people supplying non-overprint-friendly pdfs for me to use in the layout. ID has a great Overprint Preview opti
Re: Where do I find Spot Colors in InDesign?
by Tom Van Damme 4 years ago
Honestly, 27 spot colors is a lot. Personally I've never used more than 5 on top of the CMYK colors. Maybe you should consider converting your work to CMYK and only keep some of the spot colors.
printing after making flyer
by imran bashir 4 years ago
hi guys, the issue i have is that i made a number of flyers but when i send em to print they come out looking a bit dull rather than shiny and glossy. Any idea where i could be going wrong Thank you f
Re: printing after making flyer
by Tom Van Damme 4 years ago
Or maybe created your artwork in RGB, while your printer can only manage CMYK
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