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After using a line tool to create a straight, freehand or Bezier line and setting its width, colour can be selected from any of the spot or process colour matching systems described earlier or indeed from any of the colour models or mixers. Using the HLS model, tints, shades or tones can then be applied. Macromedia Freehand makes the job of selecting tints even easier by providing a convenient tint option within its colour mixer box; the tint required can be applied by simply be dragging and dropping the required tint swatch on to the line to be tinted. As…

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Like it or not, we live in an increasingly digital world. Many of my generation can still remember, with some nostalgia, winding up the clockwork mechanism of a post-war radiogram housed in its polished mahogany case, then inserting a fresh needle into the pick-up arm, before placing Eddie Calvert’s 78 rpm Bakelite rendering of Oh Mein Papa carefully on the turntable. Who among us then, as we listened to the crackly strains of Eddie’s golden trumpet, could have imagined today’s roller-blading teenager listening through micro-earphones to Oasis on a CD Walkman clipped to the waistband of their Levi’s, while en…

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The simplest procedure for installing a CMS involves simple step-by-step guidance such as that provided by Corel’s CMS ‘Wizard’. Prompted by a series of Wizard screens, the user has only to respond to step-by-step guidance: Choose one from three alternative colour mapping methods. (i) Photographic mapping which maintains the relationship between colours and is recommended for printing photographs and illustrations with continuous tone, (ii) Saturation mapping which expands or contracts the source gamut to fit the destination gamut and is recommended for printing business graphics, (iii) Automatch, which automatically detects the type of image to be printed and selects Photographic…

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Sight – perhaps the most miraculous of the senses, which we sadly tend to take for granted -is a process which 7 – of light entering the eye is controlled by the pupil, which P( <&., *’‘‘-mi has the ability to dilate and contract. The cornea and lens, the shape of which is adjusted by the culinary body, focus ‘ ~ the light on to the retina, where receptors convert it into eye, therefore, is to translate the electromagnetic vibrations of light into packets of nerve impulses which are transmitted to the brain for interpretation. The retina consists of approx.-…

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Colour printing systems are based on the subtractive colour model, mixing the subtractive primaries, cyan, yellow and magenta, to produce other colours. Unfortunately, the reflective properties of printing inks are affected by impurities and experience showed that printing black, which should theoretically be possible by combining cyan, yellow and magenta, produced instead a muddy brown. To overcome this, most colour printers include black ink as a fourth ‘colour’ in the print process. As well as allowing correct printing of black, this results in improved shadow density and overall contrast. The nineteenth-century discovery of the halftone process showed how the juxtaposition…

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Just as jocks like to stick together and nerds travel in packs, obsessives bordering on the psychotic (like me) seek out the acquaintance of others like themselves, in a manner that some say borders on the, well, the obsessive. The first time I heard that the mineral content of water might have an effect on the properties of bread dough was about ten years ago, when I read Jeffrey Steingarten’s gloriously obsessive piece about Roman breads in the chapter titled “Flat Out” in his book It Must Have Been Something I Ate: In the shower, the shampoo refuses to lather.…

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There’s a lot of nonsense to wade through out there when trying to stock your kitchen. Do you really need that $300 knife? How often are you gonna pull out that salad spinner? And exactly which one of those things they sell on TV is really going to take the place of every other piece of equipment in my kitchen? (Hint: none of them.) The problem with most of the people telling you to buy things is that they’re usually the ones selling it. Who can you trust? Well, this chapter is a no-nonsense, no bullshit guide to point you…

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