Graphic Design

Menu Graphic for Legend of Boggy Creek

For the new 4K disc release of the movie of ‘Legend of Boggy Creek’, I helped with getting the original artwork expanded to use for the menu screen. The original art takes most of the screen but leaves some space on the left and right. To expand the sides of the image...

InDesign Multiple Records per page

This continues the Data Merge in InDesign Post For this post we’ll look at something simple like a 2-up postcard on an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper. With this we’ll bring in 2 records per sheet that will have the mailing address, the back of the card will be static...

Variable Data in InDesign

This is the basic instructions on how to do Variable Data Printing VDP setup in InDesign. If you’re looking to do a basic letter such as in Word I have the basic instructions here. Sometimes you’ll want something more designed than a letter or just prefer to work in...

Variable Data Processing in Word using Mail Merge

Creating a Variable Data Printing (VDP) in Microsoft Word, this is where you have an Excel file, or some other structured data source (CSV, TSV, any file that can be opened in Excel should work) with information of people you want to mail a letter, or labels to be...

GREP commands in InDesign

There will be times you’re laying out a file for a client, that will need several repetitive changes throughout the project. The file might be several charts of figures with perfectly spaced-out columns in the Word, but when you import the file, the formatting is all...

Recreate hand drawn font instructions

Sometimes there's the need for a client to create a font based on some poster, document where the words were hand drawn and they would like to use again for a retro look. These are mostly working notes the top will have the high-level steps then below will have how I...

My Town Commercial – Video Practice

Test file to practice in Photoshop and most After Effects; to bring motion to a photo. https://youtu.be/w1nDVUtuigc The aspect ratio is different than a normal video; changing it to the proper aspect ratio would have cut off some items at the bottom that I wanted to...

Video: Din-Din with Augy

Starting to learn how to do video editing, and to help focus the learning I needed to create some kind of project. I decided that Augy, a betta fish, would be my star, because of his star quality and he’s right here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHNwRkvYngs Keeping...

Save Illustrator for SVG to use in HTML page

When working with the AWS contact form, I had created a graphic in Illustrator. You can see the post here. With this test form I wanted to have everything in one HTML file this way it’s just one file to upload and update when needed without making sure the other files...

Classic Toy Logo

How I made the ‘Classic Toys & Collectibles’ logo for the web form test. In Illustrator I created a document bigger than would be used. I think added the main title ‘Classic’ to the file. I picked a font that would look a bit kiddish and fun. Made the text a solid...

I have Two associates degrees one in Graphic Design the other in Desktop Publishing. With the degrees I also have over 15+ years of ad design and page layout for a weekly newspaper and two years graphic design in a fast paced print shop. I’m currently using Adobe CS6 Design software (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat Professional) along with Microsoft Office for typing copy and setting up spread sheets.

Graphic Designer for almost 20 years working in Newspaper pre-production, print shop and free lance work.

Pantagraph (Imaging Technician/Graphic Designer) Jan. 2012-Current
Minuteman Press (Graphic Designer/Digital Press Operator) Apr. 2011-Jan. 2012
Farmer City Journal (Production Coordinator/Graphic Designer/Page Layout/Photographer) Aug. 1996-Apr. 2010 (when office was closed)
Prairie Gardens/PGI Ware House (Display Craftsman) Oct. 1993-Sept. 1997

InDesign Multiple Records per page

InDesign Multiple Records per page

This continues the Data Merge in InDesign Post For this post we’ll look at something simple like a 2-up postcard on an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper. With this we’ll bring in 2 records per sheet that will have the mailing address, the back of the card will be static...

InDesign Multiple Records per page

Variable Data in InDesign

This is the basic instructions on how to do Variable Data Printing VDP setup in InDesign. If you’re looking to do a basic letter such as in Word I have the basic instructions here. Sometimes you’ll want something more designed than a letter or just prefer to work in...

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Variable Data Processing in Word using Mail Merge

Variable Data Processing in Word using Mail Merge

Creating a Variable Data Printing (VDP) in Microsoft Word, this is where you have an Excel file, or some other structured data source (CSV, TSV, any file that can be opened in Excel should work) with information of people you want to mail a letter, or labels to be...

GREP commands in InDesign

GREP commands in InDesign

There will be times you’re laying out a file for a client, that will need several repetitive changes throughout the project. The file might be several charts of figures with perfectly spaced-out columns in the Word, but when you import the file, the formatting is all...

Recreate hand drawn font instructions

Recreate hand drawn font instructions

Sometimes there's the need for a client to create a font based on some poster, document where the words were hand drawn and they would like to use again for a retro look. These are mostly working notes the top will have the high-level steps then below will have how I...

My Town Commercial – Video Practice

My Town Commercial – Video Practice

Test file to practice in Photoshop and most After Effects; to bring motion to a photo. https://youtu.be/w1nDVUtuigc The aspect ratio is different than a normal video; changing it to the proper aspect ratio would have cut off some items at the bottom that I wanted to...

Video: Din-Din with Augy

Video: Din-Din with Augy

Starting to learn how to do video editing, and to help focus the learning I needed to create some kind of project. I decided that Augy, a betta fish, would be my star, because of his star quality and he’s right here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHNwRkvYngs Keeping...

Save Illustrator for SVG to use in HTML page

Save Illustrator for SVG to use in HTML page

When working with the AWS contact form, I had created a graphic in Illustrator. You can see the post here. With this test form I wanted to have everything in one HTML file this way it’s just one file to upload and update when needed without making sure the other files...

Classic Toy Logo

Classic Toy Logo

How I made the ‘Classic Toys & Collectibles’ logo for the web form test. In Illustrator I created a document bigger than would be used. I think added the main title ‘Classic’ to the file. I picked a font that would look a bit kiddish and fun. Made the text a solid...

Photo illustration project

Photo illustration project

Found this old photo of my grandfather when scanning in family photos and thought it would be fun to work on it as some project. I first removed everything else from the photo in Photoshop. Then cleaned up the image, added parts that got lost with years of fading....

Acrobat order form

Acrobat order form

Working with a non-profit organization for their yearly fundraiser, where they would go and sell fruit, meat, and cheese gift boxes. Due to the COVID we tried something different and created a fillable PDF that people can fill out their orders and email to the...

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