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Lecture 5

GCM 111 Lecture 5: File Formats and Applications

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Ryerson University
Graphic Communications
GCM 111
Jason Nolan

GCM 111: Lec 5 File Formats and Resolutions: Part 1 Jan. 29 / 2018 Applications: Different types of software create files with different purposes: Word processing Used for quick an efficient text entry Has a lot of built in tools (dictionary, spell check, referencing) When designing for print, we should not use Word because it is in RGB E.g. Microsoft Word, Apple Pages Spreadsheets Used for statistical analysis, charts and graphs E.g. Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers Presentations Used for projecting digital presentations onto a screen E.g. Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple Keynote Image editing Used for editing digital images for a variety of final media output from web to commercial print E.g. Adobe Photoshop Illustrations Used for creating and editing vector objects E.g. Adobe Illustrator Page layout Used for designing and editing multi-page documents E.g. Adobe InDesign, QuarkXPress PDF for output / printing Used for editing and producing press quality PDFs E.g. Adobe Acrobat, Apple Preview File Formats - A file can contain: Vector data, Bitmap data, Both vector and bitmap data Native File Formats (format that an application creates): Adobe Illustrator (.ai) Ideal for illustrations (vector artwork), unlimited colours, file size dependent on file complexity (but typically small), resolution independent (unless images are placed) Adobe Photoshop (.psd) For photographs, larger file size, bitmap image, resolution dependent Adobe InDesign (.indd) For bringing together illustrations, photos, and text; links to all QuarkXPress (.qxd) resources for small file size, quark was once the standard Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) Press-ready PDF, device-independent, international file standard (ISO 32000), most widely used file format for print, do not use Apple Preview to make PDFs for press
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