I have 96 tiff files (made in Adobe Illustrator) that I want to import into InDesign. The document is a graphic novel, and the tiff files are the pages. The goal is to make a pdf document for reviewers.
So my questions are:
Any help would be appreciated.
In addition to what Lillia said, it's not clear to me why you would be producing TIFFs (bit-mappped images) out of Illustrator. Illustrator primarily works with vector (rescaleable) artwork. Perhaps you should show us a sample page and explain why you're using a bitmapped format.
Howdy to both of you.
I am the letterer of the graphic novel project; I’m taking the art and adding dialog balloons. Which Illustrator is perfect for. I would have performed the lettering in ID from the start, but it does not export tiff files.
So, I want reviewers to look over the graphic novel before I submit the art to the publisher. Which is why I had the following questions:
Thanks for your responses so far.
- What is the best way to get the 96 files into InDesign? One at a time? Is there some quicker way?
In general, your questions all boil down to what I'd call "workflow design" and the quickest way is not always the best. My current understanding is that you will set up your dialogue balloons, do your lettering, and a) first export PDF for review, b) next implement reviewer's changes, and then c) be responsible for the final flattened-to-TIFF output. Is this correct?
One way would be to first ensure that your 96 pages of art are all named sequentially (perhaps with numbers at the beginning of the filename) and then File -> Place them all at once. You'd still have to scroll and click once for each of the 96 files, but you wouldn't have to File -> Place 96 times. However, if your 96 pages could be combined into a single PDF (not difficult if you have Acrobat Pro installed) then you could combine them all into a PDF quite easily, and use a script like the MultiPageImporter to place the whole PDF at once. That would be the quickest way, barring some other script that will place all 96 TIFFs at one go. On the other hand, if you are responsible for the final output of the final TIFFs, then combining in Acrobat might induce further problems that wouldn't appear until later - for instance, if those TIFFs are part of a color-managed workflow. (I'm guessing, here. I really don't know.)
That's just one chunk of your workflow. The whole thing must be considered carefully if you want your final product to please everyone involved. If I didn't care about color, here's what I would do:
1) Use Acrobat to combine all TIFFs
2) Place that PDF with the script linked above
3) Do my speech-bubble work
4) Export a PDF for my reviewers
5) Implement reviewer's changes
6) When the file is final - export a fresh PDF
7) Use Acrobat to save the entire PDF as... you guessed it, TIFFs.
However, I mislike using Acrobat that way. You did ask for fast, though. I have no way of knowing how badly that workflow would mess with any other parts of your publisher's workflow. The only way to build the workflow that would work for everyone would be to figure out what all of the publisher's requirements are, and how to ensure that the original art makes it through the process completely unchanged.
I agree this is easiest workflow but I believe you we missed couple of things here, as per my understanding
1) TIFF already have speech bubble work done through Illustrator hence in your workflow the the steps 3 is irrelevant
2) Creating the PDF from acrobat of all the TIFF files , it may give issues later on as you said in your post , I also doubt it
Good points, Manish. So, with more vehemence this time: The idea of selecting a bunch of files, right-clicking, and saying "Combine in Acrobat" is great for making a PDF of a bunch of Word docs for your boss to read onscreen. As part of a print workflow, it's almost certainly a terrible idea.
The workflow question does go right to the heart of the issue. Those ‘pros’ among you will know this stuff as a matter of course. I am in the position of discovering it as I go.
The tiff files are my deliverable. The PDF file is just a step in getting to finalized tiff files. So just for academic interest at this point:
So step two, so innocent and harmless on the surface, is where the pitfall lay. I think I’ll use the script Joel mentioned to roll the Ai files into a pdf. I should be able to set the PDF into a book layout that displays opposing pages (which is how a comic would be read).
Thanks again to all of you for the input.
just to share with you, for your understanding.
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