Monday, 21 May 2012

DTP Career in Translation Companies

Hi, this is Sumit Pundeer. I'm a freelance graphic designer worked with few Translation Agencies in India. It is great to work with international languages. I want to describe about my job as a DTPier with my company. When we work with a translation company we get good bucks than publications and advertising agencies. It is the best option for a DTP operator to work with any translation company. We can also work from home and earn great... to know more read the article full...

Below I have shown some work I have done. Please check the both designs are in different language but the layouting and designing are same. 

Working as a DTP operator, we have to do few things;
  • Formatting and Page Layout Designing
  • Creating and editing Graphics (Generic graphics, Screen captures, Illustrations and Diagrams)
  • Working with markup languages such as HTML, SGML, XML as well as online documentation formats such as Acrobat PDF and various others. 
  • Font Management Applications - Like, Chanakya Hindi Font, You cannot use this font without Summit Indica Software. 
  • Converting/generating output of translated material in multiple formats (creating PostScript files and PDF files)
This is not the job to just copy, paste and change the fonts. We have to maintain the layout of the document. When we work with European, Asian, Middle-Eastern languages we face some difficulties like;

Text Expansion and Text Contraction
Below is the list showing example;

Source Language
Target Language
Text Expansion
Text Contraction

Text expands when translated into French

Text contracts when translated from French

Does not apply to technical content

Does not apply to technical content

There are less German words but they are longer, so text can expand greatly

Depending on topic

Finnish grammar varies greatly from English (lacks pronouns and articles)

Text contraction is not a big deal, we can manage it by giving a little more paragraph space, word space and line space. We can not give more space, the look of the document should be same as in source.
But for Text Expansion we have to do more efforts. For this we can reduce character spacing and word spacing or we can choose a font which is thin and suited for our documents.

Graphic and Typography Translation

This is most interesting to translating the graphics, like -magazine dialogues, diagrams, advertisements, etc.. When you see your source in native language and there are some typography designs. Now, you have to change all these in other Language. For that you just use same kinds of typography as given in source. You can research and download it from internet. Then use some Photoshop, for background finishing, etc.. Urdu and Arabic are the most difficult language to handle.
I'll share more details if I'll get the time...

Thanks for your time..

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Multiple Character Selection in CorelDraw

Working with CorelDraw is fun but what when you want to select only few characters from paragraph and want to change their style and font? To know about this read the full post...

The second tool from ToolBox, SHAPE TOOL (F10) is very useful in CorelDraw. With the help of this tool you can edit the vector shapes and change the position and style of selected text. Here is the image showing that how can you select the special characters from the text with the help of shape tool.

Step By Step:

  1. First you need to select the Text which you want to Edit.
  2. Then click on the Shape Tool (F10).
  3. Now press the Shift Button and Select the Characters which you want to Edit.
  4. Now you can change their color, size, style and position.
  5. When you finish it then click on the blank and to Deselect it.
Shape Tool is very useful tool for typography in CorelDraw. You can also change the Kerning, Paragraph Space and Word Spacing directly with this tool. This tool is available in Photoshop also as Direct Selection Tool. But there we can not work with Text with this tool. But in CorelDraw this is very useful for editing some special characters from a paragraph or artistic text.

Thanks for your time, if you have any problem using this tool, you can write your query in Comment Section, I'll give your instant solution...

Friday, 11 May 2012

Copied Text Overflow in InDesign

While doing formatting in InDesign, when we copy some text from A file and paste it in B file, the text overflow. It is the big problem in InDesign. If you want to know the solution please read the article...

It happens because A file's character and paragraph styles does not match with B file. I hope you know about Character Style and Paragraph Style.

Character Style in InDesign
This is a very good feature of InDesign that we can create style for characters and when we do formatting we can apply this style to any character without changing paragraph properties. Just check the Text Options of the software and you will get this options.

Paragraph Style in InDesign
This is also same like character but with this you can handle very tough job easily. You can use hundreds of styles in a single file. Find this option in Text bar.

  • Before pasting the text we should check the styles of both files. If the style's names are same, we need to change them. If not then we need to import the B file's styles in A file. 
  • For that we need to click on the options of Character Style or Paragraph Style
  • and then click to Load All Text Styles...
  • after that we need to select the file which style we want to import
  • then press OK
  • and it will DONE

Please check the image for reference
Thanks for your time, if you have any problem doing this then please write in comment option, I am waiting for your comment.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Drawing Illustrator CS4 CS5 to InDesign CS4 CS5

How to import Illustrator drawing, vector, illustration, objects, design, typography, etc. in InDesign program.  When we complete any drawing in AI using different effects and tools after that we need to import that stuff in InDesign. Read the full article to know more...

If you want to edit the object, you want to change the outline color, size and style. Or you want to change the color of object. You just need to import the artwork in InDesign and then click with the Direct Selection Tool (A) on it. Now break apart the object and change it as you want. First you need to know how can we import the object from AI to ID. To know that read the full post.

There are two different ways to import an AI file to ID.

Method 01#

You need to save the document and then go to InDesign and press Ctrl+D (import command). Now select the file which you want to import and edit as you want.

Method 02#

In this method we just copy the artwork or illustration and paste it in InDesign. The object will be direct editable in InDesign. Click on the object with Direct Selection Tool and change it how you want.

Changing the color to Gradient Mode
If you want to change the fill color to Gradient Mode. You need to follow these steps.

Step 01#
Click on the object with Direct Selection Tool.

Now select the Gradient Tool.
Open the Gradient and Swatches windows panel.

Now change the color as you want.

See image below for reference.

It is done. You can edit the Gradient as you want. You can rotate and can change the opacity of colors. If you have any problem doing this you can write your problem in comment option. I am always available for your help. Thanks for your time.