Photo Alphabet


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In this assignment you are looking for letterforms that exist in the environment around you. Look at objects, shadows, parts of buildings, etc. for the existence of letters. Look for unusual sources or locations for these photos. Photograph these “Environmental Letters” by cropping in closely around just the letter itself. After you have photographed all of the letters of the alphabet, open them in PhotoShop to color correct and do final sizing and cropping—image editing. Then export each of your PS files to a custom InDesign doc. where the pages are 7 1/2 inches tall by 12 inches long.

alphabetsThe next major step is to locate a specific typeface which most closely resembles each image letter of the alphabet that you photographed. You are looking for main identifying characteristics of the letterform which match as closely as possible, the corresponding photograph/letter. In other words, you are not simply putting a letter “A” with a photo of an “A” shape. You are instead looking for identifying characteristics of a letterform which are either there because of the font and typeface it belongs to or the very specific characteristics that belong to that individual letterform. You may mix and match upper and lower case (majuscule and miniscule) forms.

Size and position each letter with its corresponding photo letter. Write a paragraph describing this comparison between the photo letter and the actual typeface letter that it resembles. (refer to the pdf example below). Import your written description along with the photo letter and typeface example that goes with it, all into InDesign for final layout and assembling into multi-page book form.

In Photoshop

  • Correct Curves and Levels as a minimum amount of color correction.
  • Images should each be five inches tall and no wider than 3 inches
  • Resolution 150 DPI
  • RGB color space
  • Flatten
  • JPG

In InDesign

  • Create a custom InDesign document that has non-facing single pages
  • Page size should be set at 7 1/2″ x 12″, landscape orientation
  • 2 Columns
  • Margins set to correspond to Golden Mean, Fibonacci Numbers (1,1,2,3,5,8…)
    • for example:
    • bottom 5p0
    • left 5p0
    • right 3p0
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  • Change Document Color mode to RGB from the File menu
  • Import (Place) each of your images into your book file (again make sure that these have been changed to 150 DPI, 3” x 5”, RGB flattened files in Photoshop first.)
  • Save your completely assembled Indesign book file and title it.
  • Binding will be comb bound with wrap around cover with end flaps
  • Cover design is a separate Adobe Illustrator (Ai) file, Set this size at 7 1/2″ x 30″, landscape orientation. This size includes the front, back ( 7 1/2″ x 12″) and spine (3/4″), plus inside flaps).

Screen Shot 2018-01-24 at 3.49.39 PMScreen Shot 2018-01-22 at 6.57.12 PMBefore you Print

  • Did you check spelling and grammar?
  • Did you check for typographic widows and orphans?
  • Did you leave enough margin space for binding?
  • Did you use Diminuido on first paragraph of descriptions?
  • Did you resize and color correct mages in PhotoShop before placing in InDesign?
  • Did you correct line length?
  • Did you use correct dashes and kern/adjust the spacing around them?
  • Did you kern all years?
  • Did you create an introductory page?
  • Did you create a cover?
  • Did you create a colophon? (text paper is Hammermill 32lb text wt. )
  • Did you print a b & w proof of at least one page?
  • Did you save your file as a PDF compatible with CS3?

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