I Fold…

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The big cheese had some specific ideas on what she wanted for graphics on this article but we still couldn’t find the hook. Hell we still couldn’t nail the title. And her initial ideas were a bit beyond our photographic or photoshop skills. So I started playing with ideas of folding boundaries and was reminded of those old Mad Magazine folding covers where you folded the image to reveal a hidden image. A few quick tutorials and some down and dirty photoshopping later and I sent her this:

folded leaflet white blank paper template book

Unfortunately the concept didn’t shine through, I doubted my ability to get it where it needed to be and the whole thing went over like a lead balloon. Still, I kept browsing the templates on DollarPhotoClub.com and muttering to myself. Eventually I found a folded piece of paper on a different angle and remembered the aerials that Brenda and I had taken last year on our little helicopter ride around the city. Maybe there was something of S. Albert and region there…

Nope. But there was this one of south Edmonton which was close enough in my books.

IMG_0283 fold

So now all I had to do was fold the image into the shape of my paper template, add highlight and shadows and I would be golden. Photoshop now has this awesome tool called Perspective Warp. Essentially you can just lay out a grid (or series of grids in this case) and then use the grid points to reshape the image as necessary. I used the folded image I had downloaded as my base for getting the right geometry and perspective.

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Then it was a matter of studying the light and determining how to add highlights. At this point I deviated from the template and decided to go for a highlight in the center panel rather than a shadow. So I traced the outline of that panel with the Polygonal Lasso Tool, then made a new layer and filled the selection with white. Then I dropped the layer transparency down until I got the feel I wanted (it was around 17%). This had the added benefit of creating the illusion of actual folds.

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At this point I turned off the bottom template layer. and added a new layer below everything. Once again I traced out a square shape with the Lasso and this time I filled it with black. Then I applied a pretty big Gaussian Blur (a standard Photoshop filter) to the layer, trying a whole bunch of settings until I got the effect I wanted.

shadowIMG_0283 final

Then it was simply a matter of turning back on all the appropriate layers and seeing what I had. The black shadow was way too prominent, giving the whole thing a hokey feel so I kept dropping the transparency on that layer until it felt a lot more subtle: around 41%. And that was that. The image got turned a bit in the final layout but since it was the only  object on the page the light and shadow would work at pretty much any angle. By crossing the gutter with the image and overlaying type on parts of the it the whole spread gained dimensionality. A pull quote was used to balance the image and the spread was done.

Oh and somewhere in there I pitched the idea as the landscape being flexible, and the final title was also settled. A good days work.

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Fonts and Hidden Files

The current Adobe Creative Cloud suite comes with a ton of fonts. While researching the easiest/cheapest way to get a selection of fonts to use in projects and ad designs (other than the time honoured tradition of stealing them), I realized that if I am already paying for Creative Cloud then the 100+ fonts they offer in TypeKit for both print and web design were probably enough.

The issue comes when you realize that the fonts disappear when the subscription ends and, while the theory is that I have to be paying for InDesign to open old projects anyway, not being able to archive the fonts makes me nervous. And it occurred to me for a computer to be able to use the fonts they had to actually be on my computer somewhere…didn’t they? So I went looking for a solution and lo & behold I came across dylanvalade.com/post/74649521957/how-to-find-synced-typekit-fonts-on-your-computer.

Essentially the solution is to go to Macintosh HD/Users/YOURNAME/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CoreSync/plugins/livetype/.r/ and your fonts will be in this .r folder named FONTID.otf. Of course this is a hidden directory so for OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion (contrary to Dylan’s instructions) you must go to Terminal and type in:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE && killall Finder

To later make them all invisible again use:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE && killall Finder

Then it’s the long process he describes to move and rename all the files. Finder won’t let you change the folder or file names prefixed with a dot like a normal file. So after you copy the .r folder to a safe place on your computer, right click the copy of .r and select Get Info. Change the copied .r folder name to something else by expanding the Filename & Extension option. Then use Get Info to rename each font you need to save offline. The name of the font can be copied (using cmd-C) from the Get Info window just above the Name & Extension box.

Simple…sort of.

Post Boat Show Boat Thoughts

Following up on my Pre Boat Show Boat Thoughts I thought I would post some post Boat Show Boat thought so all y’all could see what I think I thought.

I think I lean away from the European aesthetic: I liked the Catalina’s and Hunters. Mostly this was internal—layouts and such— but I have to admit that some of the cockpits suited my sensibilities as well. I am still 50/50 on the B&R rig. Ease of sailing is good, losing a downwind race is not.

As for details, I think I still want a decent berth, and all the new boats have more than decent heads so that wasn’t something I could investigate. Talking with Margaret confirmed my views on galleys and counter space.

All in all I think the show didn’t change my feelings about much. Any boat I get is likely to be older and unlike any of the current crop we toured. Still it’s fun to dream!

Having said that, I’ve done some browsing online since the show and I have to admit, if I am open to larger boats, that the Bavaria Vision 42 and the Catalina 445 both catch my eye. Len from Yacht Sales West (where R Shack Island was purchased from) has a Vision 42 on order and a 445 for sale for $306,000 and $369,000 respectively. If one was to theorize purchasing one of them and putting it in charter, you just might make enough to cover the payments and most of the expenses. The theory then being that spending $5000–$10,000 a year in charter fees becomes the greater of the two costs. But we all know how theories about money and I get along…

The Vision 42
The Catalina 445

As I mentioned above, the Catalina’s North American sensibilities appeal to me more, but the Bavaria has a kickass layout, including an aft berth that converts from two singles to a large king; perfect for someone I know. Although I will admit the Catalina’s aft cabin is also pretty awesome (see below). And both boats feature a third “space” that could be fitted out as an office.

The great berth in the Vision: the center panel comes out to make two singles.
The Catalina’s “flex” cabin

As for my previous requirements, well these newer (and bigger) boats have it all.

Awesome v-berths on both boats.
And both have great heads. Although the Vision has an optional forward head…
And the 445 comes standard with two.
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Check out the aft stateroom!

In reality, a new boat is not really in the plan, but, as I said, a body can dream. So why not dream big?


I did a lot of ads for this issue of the magazine. One of my favourites was for Toast, a new breakfast and lunch place opening soon (February) in St Albert. My first few concepts for Rob were without any real direction—no logo, no website, no nothing—and he hated them. He’s still too polite to say that, but he did. He’ll get over the politeness thing eventually.

Toast-fail 2  Toast-fail

I didn’t love them, but still kinda liked the way they were going.

After Rob finally coughed up the logo I took a whole different tack and came up with a few variations that everyone liked. This is the one we settled on.

Toast-quarter-vert finalb copy

I like it. And it makes me want to go there so…


Round we go…

One of the things on this season’s boating agenda is to acquire the certificate for, or at least learn the curriculum of, the Coastal Skipper (Advanced) level. This includes doing overnight sailing, passage preparation, watchkeeping and hopefully some cruising chute experience. Another thing I want to do is try some open water sailing away from the protected coastal waters of the inside passage to see if I “have the right stuff.” All this with an eye to do some sailing in places with bigger trips involved like the Med or Island hopping in the Caribbean.

I had looked at going back to Nanaimo Yacht Charters and doing a cruise and learn up to Desolation with one of their group classes  last fall. They are offering it again this spring. And I had been toying with the idea of joining our old instructor Tim Melville on his boat and going around Vancouver Island. He had done it last year along with a Blue Pacific boat but we decided on our Broughton trip instead. This year he is teaming up with Nanaimo Yacht Charters’ Yachtmaster course and will follow along for most of the trip. When I mentioned my desire to join Tim, to Leslie she surprised me by saying she might want to go too.

So after much humming and hawing, we have let Tim know we will be joining him aboard the Northwest Passage for a 14 day trip circumnavigating Vancouver Island in late May. His boat is a 42 ft Baltic sloop with all the necessary equipment for some  offshore adventuring, so maybe we will be able to do some actual bluewater sailing. Who knows? It will be less of a holiday and more of an adventure, as it will include some overnight passages, being away from a marina for multiple days in a row and of course exposure to the rigours of the Pacific Ocean. Tim is still looking for two more participants to make a total of six, so that will also be new to us. Any takers?


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Vancouver Art

Emily, My Emily
I can’t say as Emily Carr it the Group of Seven ever meant much to me. Any of the pieces I had seen in books, I generally skipped by a so much “trees and rocks” and her work generally represented a period that I found a bit boring.

But I haven’t actually looked at her since my trips to the MOMA and I certainly have never seen the originals. And more importantly I had never visited places like Skedans and the Broughtons.

So I’m changing my mind. I like Emily Carr. The Gallery nazis won’t let me take a picture but there is one painting of a west coast forest that truly captures what I feel when standing beneath the tower cedars of BC’s west coast. I guess I’ll have to read up on Ms. C.

We wandered downtown Vancouver and soaked in all the cool people before wandering off to catch our plane.

My illicit picture of one of the Emily Carr paintings that struck me. 


I also was intrigued by this Chinese artists style and may try and emulate it…it is a tiny section of 40+ foot scroll. Forgive the blurriness