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A DVD portfolio is a good way to let people see your work.

For example, if you want to hold an exhibition at a particular gallery you could send them a DVD of your work to look at to see if they are prepared to let you hold a show.

By presenting your work in as professional a manner as possible from the outset, you give a good first impression. (ie that you know what you are doing and so may be easy to work with.)

Download the template below and personalise it by replacing the images with those from your Ghost in the Machine project along with text relevant to yourself and your work.

 


 

Download Insert Template | Download Disc Template

Template

 


 

Using InDesign

Getting started
• Open DVD Insert Template.indd or DVD Disc Template.indd in Adobe InDesign
• Adobe InDesign is in the dock at the bottom of the screen
• Choose Window > Workspace > Default to reset palette locations
• Look to the Layers palette (Window > Layers)
• Elements are placed in separate layers to keep everything organised
• Notice that more than one element can sit in each layer (so slightly different to Photoshop)

Editing Layers
• Open the Layers Palette
• 'Eye' icons mean the layers are visible or invisible
• 'Pencil' icons with a diagonal line through them mean layers are editable or not editable
• Click to select layers as required

Images
• InDesign files link to images rather than everything being contained in the same file (as with Photoshop)
• These should be saved in JPG, TIF or PSD format
• Images should be saved at high resolution - ideally 300dpi
• Using JPGs may help prevent your computer slowing down.
• When filming, a good idea would be to take production stills with a camera as opposed to capturing frames from your movie files.
• If you're really stuck you could use a screen shot that has been copy > pasted from a Quicktime movie into Photoshop and then increase the resolution to 300dpi. However you should be prepared for a reduction in image quality if you do this. A better alternative might even be to use a camera to take a high resolution photograph from the screen!

Inserting an image
• Click black arrow in the main toolbar
• Unlock the relevant layer in the Layers Palette (eg 'Front and Spine')
• Click an object marked with a large 'x' (eg the one front of DVD case)
• Choose File > Place > yourimage.JPG
• A new window will appear - make sure 'Replace Selected Item' is ticked
• Click 'Open'
• Image should replace the box containing the 'X'

Positioning an image
• Click on the white arrow in the main toolbar
• Click on the image and move it around within its boundary
• Object > Transform > Scale / Rotate will let you change its size / rotation
• If resizing an image, keep the 'shift' key held down to keep its size proportionately correct

Inserting text
• Choose Edit > Deselect All (if necessary)
• Select the relevant layer in the toolbar
• Click the 'T' icon in the main toolbar
• Click and drag to select text to be replaced

Incorporate your own images and text relevant to your projects on the DVD
You could include -
• A few paragraphs about yourselves and your work
• Your email address so people can get in contact with you
• Information about each film - Title of each film / date / what it's about (or similar info, whatever is appropriate)


Notes on InDesign can be found here

 


 

Printing DVD Paper Insert

• Paper and DVD cases are underneath the printer
• These are for use by First Year PEM students only


• Look at the area where paper comes out of the printer
• Push back the paper tray supports if they are extended
• You will see a gray lever at the lower left - push this up

• Choose File > Print
• Print Window will open
• In the 'Print Preset' dropdown menu, choose DVD Insert

• Click 'Printer' button

• Another Print Window will open
• In 'Presets' choose DVD Insert
• Click 'Print' button to close this window

• Click 'Print' in the remaining window and your document should print
• Cut the print out down to size and place in the sleeve of your DVD case

 


 

Printing DVD disc

• Use only printable DVDs (ie discs with a white surface)
• DVDs are underneath the printer
• These are for use by First Year PEM students only

• Please burn DVD BEFORE you print on it or you may damage the DVD burner

• Look at the area where paper comes out of the printer
• Push back the paper tray supports if they are extended
• You will see a gray lever at the lower left - pull this down

• Lay your PREBURNED DVD onto the DVD tray
• Look to where the gray lever is
• Gently slide the DVD tray into the grooves to its right
• Gently insert the tray as far as it will go so that the 2 arrows are more or less aligned

• Choose File > Print
• The Print window will open
• In the 'Print Preset' dropdown menu, choose DVD Disc

• Click 'Printer' button
• Another Print Window will open
• In the 'Presets' dropdown menu choose DVD Disc
• Click the Print button to close this window

• Click Print in the remaining window and your document should print on the DVD

• PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE INK ON THE DISC WILL STILL BE WET WHEN IT COMES OUT OF THE PRINTER SO BE CAREFUL WHEN HANDLING THE TRAY AND DISC AS THE INK MAY SMUDGE.

• YOU MAY NEED TO GENTLY CLEAN THE DVD TRAY WITH A TISSUE AS IT COULD HAVE SOME INK ON IT AFTER PRINTING. PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN DOING THIS AS IF THE TRAY GETS BENT OUT OF SHAPE IT MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE TO USE IT TO PRINT ON DISCS AGAIN.

• YOU SHOULD WAIT 24 HOURS FOR THE INK TO DRY BEFORE USING YOUR DVD.
(IF YOU USE YOUR DISC WHILE THE INK IS WET THE COMPUTER'S DVD DRIVE MAY BE DAMAGED.)

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