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Old 01-23-2012, 01:25 PM   #1
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I finished my first dtp document today (am teacher of languages and clueless about dtp).
I had decided to have a nice backing to my flash cards,like you see on commercial cards and cards for boardgames. I used a wallpaper that I then duplicated on the entire page "by hand". When I printed it, I could see all the overlapping of the swatches. It's quite frankly painful to look at, even for the novice
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Old 01-23-2012, 03:06 PM   #2
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Welcome to the wonderful world of "why didn't that work the way I wanted it to?"...'-}}

By "wallpaper" I think you mean that you found a digital version online someplace and then using something you duplicated the image to cover your background page?

What sofware did you use to duplicate the image? Take a look at your duplicated image page at a high zoom level. Do you see the overlap--I suspect that you didn't see the overlap in the software window before.

Depending on the software you are using, rather than duplicating the wallpaper image, you may be able to resize the single image to cover the page. Have you tried that?

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Old 01-23-2012, 10:09 PM   #3
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Welcome to the wonderful world of "why didn't that work the way I wanted it to?"...'-}}

By "wallpaper" I think you mean that you found a digital version online someplace and then using something you duplicated the image to cover your background .

Depending on the software you are using, rather than duplicating the wallpaper image, you may be able to resize the single image to cover the page. Have you tried that?

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Actually, I used the background that came with the software. I tried resizing it first, but the pattern became disproportionate and lengthwise "stretched". That's when I resorted to duplicating. I suppose some backgrounds are more seamless than others. Can you recommend a book I could learn from apart from working my way through trial and terror?
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ignoramus: I tried resizing it first, but the pattern became disproportionate and lengthwise "stretched".
Check the software and see if there is a "constrain proportions" option because this will allow you to alter the size without distortion--you may need to make the image oversized and then cut out the size you actually need.


>>Can you recommend a book I could learn from apart from working my way through trial and terror?

Not off the top of my head--it's very late...'-}}--but I'll give it some thought and see what I can come up with. Hopefully someone else might have some ideas for you too...

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Old 01-24-2012, 06:18 AM   #5
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A good book that might be in your library system (available at Amazon otherwise) is The Non-Designer’s Design Book by Robin Williams. This is very basic about design principles, not software use.
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A good book that might be in your library system (available at Amazon otherwise) is The Non-Designer’s Design Book by Robin Williams. This is very basic about design principles, not software use.
Thanks for the tip! I'll Look into it immediately.
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That's the one I was thinking of last night and couldn't bring the title to mind...'-}}

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Old 01-24-2012, 11:24 PM   #8
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I ordered the book yesterday. Can't wait to get it.
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I couldn't remember the name either, Terry, but I remembered the author's name, since it is the same as Mork. After that, Google came to the rescue. I used to teach from that book.
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ROFL!!! '-}}

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