Los Angeles InDesign User Group

Regular Meeting


Designing for Print:

Making Sure That What's on Paper Is What You Intended


Fire Station 82 Annex

 Community Room, 1800 N. Bronson Ave., Los Angeles, California 90028





Wearing both printer and designer hats, Marina Poropat Joyce sees the world of graphic design and reproduction from both sides. Designers often work on projects thinking of printing as an unproblematic end product as simple as uploading a file to a website. Not! Other designers are confident in the digital realm but feel unprepared to work in print. And still others, confident in their design skills, are disappointed by how their print projects turn out. Marina shares advice and tips gleaned from decades of working with both beginning and expert designers, as well as countless printers.


Nowadays, print isn’t just print. It’s letterpress, inkjet, digital, silkscreen, engraving and more. To know the limitations and advantages of each method can be confusing, and not knowing can be costly for designers and their clients. Marina Joyce sorts it all out in a way that makes sense to designers.


Marina has collected her 20 years of experience into a book, Designing For Print. It contains all the know-how graphic designers at any level need to work with printers and achieve the results they want. Now adopted in dozens of colleges and universities, her book is making print production courses a reality again with a state-of-the-art book. Although much of Marina’s presentation will be taken from her book, it is not substitute for her 208-page text, autographed copies of which will be available for purchase (at a LAIDUG discount).


At this meeting, you will learn:

  • How to work with printers.
  • Why you shouldn’t let your printer “fix” everything.
  • What press checks and gang runs are.
  • That proofing is more than making sure words are spelled correctly.
  • Why you need to know about paper types if you want to produce award-winning work.
  • Things that InDesign lets you do that you shouldn’t.



About the Presenter


Marina Poropat Joyce is a passionate paper geek who has been marketing, graphic designing, publishing and printing her whole life. She fell in love with design and printing early on, and founded one of the first design-to-print companies in Los Angeles. Her company, Intaglio, was ranked as one of the 50 fastest growing print companies in the country, a winner of Inc. magazine's Inner City 100 and one of Los Angeles’ top 100 women-owned companies.


She wrote the book Designing for Print to explain printing in graphic designer-speak after working with many frustrated designers who wanted to know more. Marina served on the board of the Printing Industries Association of Southern California PIASC as a board member and Chairman.



Free Parking


Fire Station 82 Annex has no public parking lot. There is street parking but it can be difficult. Gelson’s to the rescue. Gelson’s Market, a half block north of the station at 5877 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028 is allowing us to park FREE in their employee parking lot. Their employee parking lot is located across from the market on the southwest corner of Franklin and Canyon. Enter from Canyon. From the parking lot walk west on Franklin to Bronson. Go left on Bronson to the Fire Station. It's about a three minute walk. Thank you, Gelson's.



Farthest Attendee


The bona fide LAIDUG member who travels the farthest specifically to attend the meeting will receive her or his choice of any one deal at MightyDeals up to $50.00. MightyDeals offers fonts, templates, apps, e-books, etc. You  need to prove to us that you traveled farthest to attend this meeting. Having recently moved to the area from somewhere else won't cut it. Be prepared to show us indication of your current residence—perhaps a driver's license or a utility bill. Decision of the administrators of the Los Angeles InDesign User Group is final.





LAIDUG is supported by raffles of donated prizes. No one is required to participate in the raffles. Raffle tickets are: 1 for $3, 2 for $5, 5 for $10, 11 for $20, 24 for $40, 32 for $50 and 65 for $100. All major credit cards are accepted.



Special Raffle Prize


Two tickets to the musical “1776” at the Ahmanson Theater, Friday, July 31, 2020 at 8 p.m., Mezzanine, Row E, Seats 37 and 38.


Before “Hamilton,” way back in 1969, “1776” garnered critical acclaim as well as three Tonys for its portrayal of the birth of America. The story chronicles the aftermath of the American Revolution, finding the nation mired down by chaos and confusion. Founding father John Adams races against time and a frustrating tussle with Congress to come up with a deal that gives George Washington and his outnumbered armies a legitimate reason to fight. His fellow founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, come to life as they push, pull and cleverly devise the historic Declaration of Independence -- amidst dazzling show tunes.



Raffle Prizes


GoProof from Oppolis Software. 3 month subscription for 2 users. Value $300.00

Proofing add-on for Adobe Creative Cloud. Version history tracks what has been changed and by whom.


Markzware. Any single product. 12 month subscription. Value $199.00

Choose one from the list below:

Q2ID (Quark to InDesign), Convert and open QuarkXPress files in InDesign.

PDF2DTP (PDF to InDesign), Convert PDF files to InDesign.

FC (FlightCheck), Check native and PDF files for printing quality.

IDMarkz, Open, preview, export and convert InDesign files.


Suitcase Fusion 10 from Extensis. 12 month subscription. Value $119.95.

Font management program that allows you to organize your fonts from one plane—including system fonts, purchased fonts, fonts synced from Adobe Typekit, Google fonts, etc.


Font Agent Pro from Insider Software. Value $99.95

Font management that allows you to organize, distribute and control your fonts.


InMotion Hosting. Web hosting and free domain. Value $90.00

Web hosting company.


DTP Tools Cloud for InDesign. 6 month subscription. Value $77.40

Suite of 14 different InDesign productivity tools.


Adobe Stock. 15 image licenses. Value $44.00

Royalty-free, high-quality photos, videos, and illustrations.


InDesign Magazine. 6 month subscription. Value $30.00

Monthly PDF publication devoted to InDesign how-tos, in-depth features, and quick tips.



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