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    The making of The Secret Knowledge of Commercial Illustrators by Yana Frank

    Overview   Process  

    Materials from the author—lots of illustrations and text. Sorting out.

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    Editing text.

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    The book includes many colorful examples of illustrations, which is why we first chose 220 × 290 mm (8.7″×11.4″) format.

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    Then we realized that would be too large—people would carry the book around and read it while riding the subway—so we reimposed it to fit 145×217.5 mm (5.7″×8.5″).

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    For that the grid had to be modified to give more freedom in arranging the illustrations. Reimposing once again.

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    Picking styles for various headings. As we went, two kinds of headings became three. Choosing the right combination.

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    Trying left alignment and experimenting with third-level headings.

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    The book features an example of working with layers. Finding an elegant and easy-to-understand way to arrange the images that the author would approve of.

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    Thinking of how to show a set of tools. Photographs?

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    Or drawings?

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    Separately?

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    Or on a single spread?

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    Creating the flyleaf.

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    Designing the dust jacket. We considered relief stamping and varnishing.

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    Eventually we decided to go with just relief, no varnish.

    Preparing files for coloring tests. Checking the results.

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    Correcting illustrations accordingly and submitting it for printing.


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