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Real World Adobe Illustrator CS5
By Mordy Golding
Editor's Corner Are You Ready for Templates?If you're a graphic designer over the age of 30, you've probably heard of Roger Black. He's designed and redesigned major newspapers, magazines, typefaces, and websites: Barnesandnoble.com, Discovery.com, Esquire, Newsweek, Outside, Reader's Digest, Rolling Stone, etc., etc. So it surprised many when he and four partners launched Ready-Media. This new company sells templates for newspapers and magazines. (The site also promises website templates at some point.) Yes, the person who for decades was very highly paid to give unique visual identities to publications is selling templates. Here's a sampling: Ready-Media has aroused strong feelings in designers on both sides of the issue. For an interesting sampling, read the comments on the article "Just Add Water," contributed by luminaries such as Pentagram partner Paula Scher. What do you think about using templates instead of hiring designers to create visual identities tailored to a particular publication? Is it an idea whose time has come? Share your thoughts in the forum thread "Publication templates."
Terri Stone - Editor in Chief
Features Lesa Snider, you'll learn that, plus how to use Photoshop to make animations; favicons; Web page mock-ups; and online photo galleries.
Related Reading: Here's a short video on one of the subjects Lesa covers.
Gene Gable's favorite movies with an explanation of the fair use doctrine in copyright law.
Related Reading: Last year, Gene wrote about another kind of movie that, while popular, was never shown at mainstream theaters.
Pariah Burke has unearthed tilable textures and patterns; Illustrator resources; a branded file-transfer service; online tilt-shift effects; and a geographic symbol font (samples below).
Related Reading: Fond of offbeat fonts? Try these.
Ilene Strizver urges you to resist that temptation, or your type will look awkward at best, and downright ugly at worst. For example, look at the glyphs below. The two with green checkmarks have pleasing curves and minimal stroke contrast. The letter marked by the red x, which was squished by software, not the type designer, has ugly egg-shaped contours and exaggerated stroke contrast.
Related Reading: Much more on altering character widths.
Dave Sawyer McFarland explains how you can easily implement @font-face using Web font hosting services. Does the Web page below look like it's mostly one big image? It's not! The word "filthy" is real, live HTML text.
Related Reading: Google is offering a limited selection of free Web fonts.
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