Working with other designers' files

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by CortexRock, Nov 13, 2007.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2006
    Canterbury, England
    This is one of those subject areas that could be contentious, because I know everyone has their own way of doing things, but there are certain things I *can't stand* when having to open and work with other designers' files.
    • Not using master pages
    • Not using style sheets
    • Not using baseline grid for typography
    • Using white filled boxes to blank out bits of the pasteboard instead of sizing objects correctly in the first place
    • Importing RGB images at 72dpi
    • Importing images from CD/DVD instead of collecting for output
    • Rubbish filenames - final version, final final version, final final version 2
    Anyone else got any? :D
  2. Guest


    May 24, 2003
    Obviously you're not a golfer.
    i cannot stand when other designers do not do something exactly the way i want it.

    other than that, no problems at all :)
  3. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Agreed to all of the above, except some jobs can't go on a baseline...

    I must admit to not using style sheets on quick small jobs that I know will never be touched again... but I'm a complete stickler for using guides for bleed in Quark rather than just floating items off the page; it's handy if you ever have to move complex groups to the same spot on another page.

    I also hate my files to have colours in there that aren't being used, particularly all the RGB crud that comes in when you import a Word document.

    I'm sure I'll think of more later too... :D
  4. macrumors 65816


    Oct 12, 2006
    Pasadena, CA
    Those things sound like people who aren't designers (no offense to anyone). I guess it also sounds like things done by novices who don't know the program they are using very well.

    I'm working on an InDesign file right now that has hundreds of guides, only they are on the Master Page. I don't want to delete them since I'm the new guy and it isn't my document...
  5. macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    An erstwhile colleague of mine was a bugger for giving me CMYK files – that she knew were supposed to be CMYK files – that were filled completely with Pantone colours. That annoyed me no end, I can tell you...
  6. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Not using H&Js... whopping great heads and titles spaced like body copy. :mad:
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2006
    Canterbury, England
    Sending PDFs to the printshop without preflighting (which picks up all the 72dpi RGB images, Pantone spot colours and lack of bleed/crops).

    Then, we spend another hour fixing all the problems...
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Ohhh man

    Here is a good one, printer wants me to send them PDF without bleeds just crop marks, only to take a week to make the bleeds because the owner didn't know about bleeds. That what happens when my boss doesn't involved in the talks when getting stuff to print. I got in trouble for still sending a correct version, but of course no one apologize because I was right, sometimes i think its my age that makes me have theses issues.

    But I do have noob questions:

    My Old Indesign CS2 book that I self taught with doesn't mention style sheets but is it the same as Character Style and paragraph style?

    Thank you, better ask now than send a file on the no nos
  9. macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    Occasionally, I have to fix some old files from the previous person in my position. My biggest pet peeve on his files would be not using leading correctly, choosing to insert 6pt hard returns where there should just be a "space after" or increased leading.

    It is extra characters like this that get under my skin.

    Edit: OOH! Or using 10 text boxes for things that could be accomplished in one. Hate that.
  10. macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2007
    I have to admit to hating this as well as doing it too. I use multiple text boxes in my 'sketch' files cause it is so easy to just try things out and get an idea of how the final will look. I then start over in a single text box to match my 'sketches'.
  11. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2006
    Canterbury, England
    Yeah, Character/Paragraph styles form part of your 'style sheet'. Style sheet is a Quark Xpress term mainly, I think.

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