Orchard View Color is a place to share creative ideas with explanations on how to execute them. The digital world requires technical solutions for creative ideas. I create and design for a variety of applications. Print applications alone vary from large format digital or dye-sub, to traditional offset and screen print. Each variation presents its own challenges. Custom e-mails, web banner ads or website design require a broader range of skills.
I’ve been working on large format projects for over five years. In the beginning I had many questions. My Offset printing is a common commercial printing process. CMYK inks are applied to printing plates an... More knowledge led me to a number of incorrect assumptions about file prep. I had a difficult time finding answers to questions regarding file sizes, Image resolution measures the number of pixels in an image as it is displayed or printed. Pixels Per... More, file formats and Three-dimensional mathematical model enclosing all possible colors. The dimensions may be described ... More. After some trial-and-error and many print tests, I found answers and developed a solid proven work Flow is a brush setting that control's how quickly color is applied in a stroke. Think of it as the ... More for large format production. I hope these first few articles answer questions you may have and inspire you to design something big.
I need to give a big shout out thank you to Steve Oliver at Circatree Design. I couldn’t have accomplished this website without his expertise and inspiration. Steve brought my vision to life and provided a ton of design ideas along the way. Check out more of Steve’s work at www.circatreedesign.com.