Bondage & Discipline

So now I have your attention let’s talk about the most boring subject on the planet.

Workflow,  data and version control using Adobe Bridge

I have spent the morning with professional photographer and graphic designer Dr Carole Steele. She explained that Bridge is essentially a browser for all files and facilitates work with InDesign.

She was kind enough to go through her workflow using Adobe Bridge (Br) and we were able to discuss a myriad of ancillary issues.

She organises her workflow by using Br to import files into a folder and name the files. You can select destination folder. At this stage she groups subject into folders.

At this time she converts her camera RAW files (which she always shoots in)  to .dng, using the Br input dialogue box, which she places in an originals folder. She runs Actions (Adobe macros) to batch process the originals to create .psd under folder .psd as well jpegs .

If she wants to add logos she adds these as well. Her file naming format is event name and original file number. When edited she will add a-z for  minor changes and 1-9 etc from major changes. She uses this format for her later InDesign (Id) files

She creates .psd a this stage so she can drop them directly (no jpeg stage) from Br  into Id at a later date.

For a job she creates a folder and uses the same naming conventions for version control.

She converts all of her files to CMYK again using actions. She does this because she mostly uses commercial printers. Additionally we talked about getting an effective black and the role of CMY in achieving various types of black warm/cold etc. We also discussed that more than 270% coverage results in drying issues. The “percentage” is misleading slightly as it  is in reality the ink coverage over the four elements for example 60%C, 40% M, 80% Y  100% K=280(%) out of 400

Br handily lays out all the files available for a particular job with the folder.

As an aside we discussed mega pixel pictures, the effects of not resampling ( you get really high resolution if your resize)  and the preferential options for saving by Ps.Eg  Bicubic for reducing in size etc. She confirmed that you only loose pixels when you output the PDF

LP-I must be more disciplined with my files otherwise I am going to get myself into a real bind. What!?  ..what else did you think I meant?

One caution is that video data has a slightly different naming convention with the alpha reference referring to the type of shot not the version e.g. 1a pan, 1b zoom in 1c close up.

A very productive session. Thanks Carole!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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