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    the_dearth got a reaction from Kualan in [UPDATE 15/12/19] Heroes On Both Sides - An unofficial Clone Wars supplement feat. 300+ NPCs, new playable species and more!   
    Looks amazing, so glad my templates are useful! @Kualan
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    the_dearth got a reaction from Twinkee in GUIDE: How to layout your Star Wars fan products in the official look and feel [Updated: 18JUN20]   
    My favorite thing about FFG's Star Wars books is their great production quality and so early on I started to help more creative content creators putting their material in the 'official' look. My last project was to support @yaccarus to put his 'Complete Species Guide' into the official format. I always wanted to put together a tutorial to help others achieve similar results, this is it!
    There are similar tutorials out there (mainly here and here), but they are somewhat outdated and as the product line nears its completion (or end), I wanted to provide a full overview. Before I go into all the details, here is the result and below the direct download link. 


     
    Download here
    (last updated: June 18th, 2020)
    Included in this download is:
    InDesign
    InDesign files for EotE, AoR, FaD, "Core" (= my name for the style of the neutral books, e.g. Allies and Adversaries) For each book, the file includes Pre-set colors Pre-defined text formats for all kinds of text appearing in the book Ready-to-go pages with page backgrounds, page elements, page numbers Photoshop
    Photoshop template for EotE, AoR, FaD, Core to create a cover
      Additionally, the download contains   … all page elements as separate files, in case you would like to play around with them … all page-backgrounds with side elements as single image file to import into other programs (e.g. Word, Scribus)    NOT included are all fonts, as all of them are licensed and can therefore not be included. 
     
    Below are a few more details on the templates:         
    Requirement and tools
    Many content is posted on these boards, on Reddit and other websites but few look like typical FFG products, and the main reason for that is the use of tools and the involved amount of work. 
    If you were asked to recreate a marble statue but only given a hammer and a single wide chisel, the result might be close but really hard to match perfectly. The same is true for the Star Wars books. They are put together within a typical publishing workflow that is based on the Adobe Suite of products. 
    The key product used is InDesign. This is Adobe's solution for all desktop publishing and has become the market standard in many areas. The problem with InDesign is that it is fairly expensive. There are old versions out there that will work just as great. Alternatively, Adobe has a 30 day trial which is usually more than enough to turn one fan product around. There are alternatives (e.g. Scribus), but they are incompatible with the provided templates, however, you can still use the provided assets. 
    The other key product is Photoshop, especially to change / adapt pictures to make them fit into the product. GIMP is a great alternative, but also comes with a learning curve. The trickiest part to recreate are the images and their "feathered borders". You can find plenty tutorials how to achieve this effect, so I won't go into too much detail here. 
    Elements of a typical SW FFG book
        Overview of the different designs
    Looking at the books, you can easily see that FFG used different designs for different product lines. In this guide, I have put together information for the four most common ones (EotE, AoR, FaD, Core). They all follow the same layout design in regards to font, placement and size, but change up the page elements, the background, and the colors. I will talk about each in a bit more detail in the following sections. 
      Background, page elements
    Unfortunately, FFG cannot release PDFs of their products due to licensing problems, but they have released a few single files. With Photoshop, it is fairly easy to extract some of those assets out of the PDFs. I put all material together in the download above, so all elements you find there are the original ones from the books, some in almost printing quality. 
      Fonts
    All books use the same fonts, and I have put together an overview of which fonts here. Unfortunately, all fonts are licensed, so I cannot link them here. If you keep looking on the internet, you might be able to find alternatives or clones that are very close to the real deal. 
    Colors
    Lastly, the biggest differentiator between the books are the colors. I have put together a comprehensive color chart below. Please forgive my laziness not to include all color codes, the easiest way to use them is to utilize the color swatches directly in InDesign. Alternatively, pick any image editor and just "color pick" the colors off of this chart and you should be good. 
    I hope this material is helpful, let me know if you have any questions. Thanks to FFG for creating this really outstanding game! 🙂
     
    Check out my other material as well: 
    Yaccarus' Complete Species Guide

     
    NPCs, Vehicles, Planets, Weapons, Armors, Gear and Starships.

     
    NPC & Creature cards

     
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    the_dearth got a reaction from BipolarJuice in GUIDE: How to layout your Star Wars fan products in the official look and feel [Updated: 18JUN20]   
    My favorite thing about FFG's Star Wars books is their great production quality and so early on I started to help more creative content creators putting their material in the 'official' look. My last project was to support @yaccarus to put his 'Complete Species Guide' into the official format. I always wanted to put together a tutorial to help others achieve similar results, this is it!
    There are similar tutorials out there (mainly here and here), but they are somewhat outdated and as the product line nears its completion (or end), I wanted to provide a full overview. Before I go into all the details, here is the result and below the direct download link. 


     
    Download here
    (last updated: June 18th, 2020)
    Included in this download is:
    InDesign
    InDesign files for EotE, AoR, FaD, "Core" (= my name for the style of the neutral books, e.g. Allies and Adversaries) For each book, the file includes Pre-set colors Pre-defined text formats for all kinds of text appearing in the book Ready-to-go pages with page backgrounds, page elements, page numbers Photoshop
    Photoshop template for EotE, AoR, FaD, Core to create a cover
      Additionally, the download contains   … all page elements as separate files, in case you would like to play around with them … all page-backgrounds with side elements as single image file to import into other programs (e.g. Word, Scribus)    NOT included are all fonts, as all of them are licensed and can therefore not be included. 
     
    Below are a few more details on the templates:         
    Requirement and tools
    Many content is posted on these boards, on Reddit and other websites but few look like typical FFG products, and the main reason for that is the use of tools and the involved amount of work. 
    If you were asked to recreate a marble statue but only given a hammer and a single wide chisel, the result might be close but really hard to match perfectly. The same is true for the Star Wars books. They are put together within a typical publishing workflow that is based on the Adobe Suite of products. 
    The key product used is InDesign. This is Adobe's solution for all desktop publishing and has become the market standard in many areas. The problem with InDesign is that it is fairly expensive. There are old versions out there that will work just as great. Alternatively, Adobe has a 30 day trial which is usually more than enough to turn one fan product around. There are alternatives (e.g. Scribus), but they are incompatible with the provided templates, however, you can still use the provided assets. 
    The other key product is Photoshop, especially to change / adapt pictures to make them fit into the product. GIMP is a great alternative, but also comes with a learning curve. The trickiest part to recreate are the images and their "feathered borders". You can find plenty tutorials how to achieve this effect, so I won't go into too much detail here. 
    Elements of a typical SW FFG book
        Overview of the different designs
    Looking at the books, you can easily see that FFG used different designs for different product lines. In this guide, I have put together information for the four most common ones (EotE, AoR, FaD, Core). They all follow the same layout design in regards to font, placement and size, but change up the page elements, the background, and the colors. I will talk about each in a bit more detail in the following sections. 
      Background, page elements
    Unfortunately, FFG cannot release PDFs of their products due to licensing problems, but they have released a few single files. With Photoshop, it is fairly easy to extract some of those assets out of the PDFs. I put all material together in the download above, so all elements you find there are the original ones from the books, some in almost printing quality. 
      Fonts
    All books use the same fonts, and I have put together an overview of which fonts here. Unfortunately, all fonts are licensed, so I cannot link them here. If you keep looking on the internet, you might be able to find alternatives or clones that are very close to the real deal. 
    Colors
    Lastly, the biggest differentiator between the books are the colors. I have put together a comprehensive color chart below. Please forgive my laziness not to include all color codes, the easiest way to use them is to utilize the color swatches directly in InDesign. Alternatively, pick any image editor and just "color pick" the colors off of this chart and you should be good. 
    I hope this material is helpful, let me know if you have any questions. Thanks to FFG for creating this really outstanding game! 🙂
     
    Check out my other material as well: 
    Yaccarus' Complete Species Guide

     
    NPCs, Vehicles, Planets, Weapons, Armors, Gear and Starships.

     
    NPC & Creature cards

     
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    the_dearth got a reaction from JBondoux in GUIDE: How to layout your Star Wars fan products in the official look and feel [Updated: 18JUN20]   
    My favorite thing about FFG's Star Wars books is their great production quality and so early on I started to help more creative content creators putting their material in the 'official' look. My last project was to support @yaccarus to put his 'Complete Species Guide' into the official format. I always wanted to put together a tutorial to help others achieve similar results, this is it!
    There are similar tutorials out there (mainly here and here), but they are somewhat outdated and as the product line nears its completion (or end), I wanted to provide a full overview. Before I go into all the details, here is the result and below the direct download link. 


     
    Download here
    (last updated: June 18th, 2020)
    Included in this download is:
    InDesign
    InDesign files for EotE, AoR, FaD, "Core" (= my name for the style of the neutral books, e.g. Allies and Adversaries) For each book, the file includes Pre-set colors Pre-defined text formats for all kinds of text appearing in the book Ready-to-go pages with page backgrounds, page elements, page numbers Photoshop
    Photoshop template for EotE, AoR, FaD, Core to create a cover
      Additionally, the download contains   … all page elements as separate files, in case you would like to play around with them … all page-backgrounds with side elements as single image file to import into other programs (e.g. Word, Scribus)    NOT included are all fonts, as all of them are licensed and can therefore not be included. 
     
    Below are a few more details on the templates:         
    Requirement and tools
    Many content is posted on these boards, on Reddit and other websites but few look like typical FFG products, and the main reason for that is the use of tools and the involved amount of work. 
    If you were asked to recreate a marble statue but only given a hammer and a single wide chisel, the result might be close but really hard to match perfectly. The same is true for the Star Wars books. They are put together within a typical publishing workflow that is based on the Adobe Suite of products. 
    The key product used is InDesign. This is Adobe's solution for all desktop publishing and has become the market standard in many areas. The problem with InDesign is that it is fairly expensive. There are old versions out there that will work just as great. Alternatively, Adobe has a 30 day trial which is usually more than enough to turn one fan product around. There are alternatives (e.g. Scribus), but they are incompatible with the provided templates, however, you can still use the provided assets. 
    The other key product is Photoshop, especially to change / adapt pictures to make them fit into the product. GIMP is a great alternative, but also comes with a learning curve. The trickiest part to recreate are the images and their "feathered borders". You can find plenty tutorials how to achieve this effect, so I won't go into too much detail here. 
    Elements of a typical SW FFG book
        Overview of the different designs
    Looking at the books, you can easily see that FFG used different designs for different product lines. In this guide, I have put together information for the four most common ones (EotE, AoR, FaD, Core). They all follow the same layout design in regards to font, placement and size, but change up the page elements, the background, and the colors. I will talk about each in a bit more detail in the following sections. 
      Background, page elements
    Unfortunately, FFG cannot release PDFs of their products due to licensing problems, but they have released a few single files. With Photoshop, it is fairly easy to extract some of those assets out of the PDFs. I put all material together in the download above, so all elements you find there are the original ones from the books, some in almost printing quality. 
      Fonts
    All books use the same fonts, and I have put together an overview of which fonts here. Unfortunately, all fonts are licensed, so I cannot link them here. If you keep looking on the internet, you might be able to find alternatives or clones that are very close to the real deal. 
    Colors
    Lastly, the biggest differentiator between the books are the colors. I have put together a comprehensive color chart below. Please forgive my laziness not to include all color codes, the easiest way to use them is to utilize the color swatches directly in InDesign. Alternatively, pick any image editor and just "color pick" the colors off of this chart and you should be good. 
    I hope this material is helpful, let me know if you have any questions. Thanks to FFG for creating this really outstanding game! 🙂
     
    Check out my other material as well: 
    Yaccarus' Complete Species Guide

     
    NPCs, Vehicles, Planets, Weapons, Armors, Gear and Starships.

     
    NPC & Creature cards

     
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    the_dearth got a reaction from Ace_of_Spades in GUIDE: How to layout your Star Wars fan products in the official look and feel [Updated: 18JUN20]   
    My favorite thing about FFG's Star Wars books is their great production quality and so early on I started to help more creative content creators putting their material in the 'official' look. My last project was to support @yaccarus to put his 'Complete Species Guide' into the official format. I always wanted to put together a tutorial to help others achieve similar results, this is it!
    There are similar tutorials out there (mainly here and here), but they are somewhat outdated and as the product line nears its completion (or end), I wanted to provide a full overview. Before I go into all the details, here is the result and below the direct download link. 


     
    Download here
    (last updated: June 18th, 2020)
    Included in this download is:
    InDesign
    InDesign files for EotE, AoR, FaD, "Core" (= my name for the style of the neutral books, e.g. Allies and Adversaries) For each book, the file includes Pre-set colors Pre-defined text formats for all kinds of text appearing in the book Ready-to-go pages with page backgrounds, page elements, page numbers Photoshop
    Photoshop template for EotE, AoR, FaD, Core to create a cover
      Additionally, the download contains   … all page elements as separate files, in case you would like to play around with them … all page-backgrounds with side elements as single image file to import into other programs (e.g. Word, Scribus)    NOT included are all fonts, as all of them are licensed and can therefore not be included. 
     
    Below are a few more details on the templates:         
    Requirement and tools
    Many content is posted on these boards, on Reddit and other websites but few look like typical FFG products, and the main reason for that is the use of tools and the involved amount of work. 
    If you were asked to recreate a marble statue but only given a hammer and a single wide chisel, the result might be close but really hard to match perfectly. The same is true for the Star Wars books. They are put together within a typical publishing workflow that is based on the Adobe Suite of products. 
    The key product used is InDesign. This is Adobe's solution for all desktop publishing and has become the market standard in many areas. The problem with InDesign is that it is fairly expensive. There are old versions out there that will work just as great. Alternatively, Adobe has a 30 day trial which is usually more than enough to turn one fan product around. There are alternatives (e.g. Scribus), but they are incompatible with the provided templates, however, you can still use the provided assets. 
    The other key product is Photoshop, especially to change / adapt pictures to make them fit into the product. GIMP is a great alternative, but also comes with a learning curve. The trickiest part to recreate are the images and their "feathered borders". You can find plenty tutorials how to achieve this effect, so I won't go into too much detail here. 
    Elements of a typical SW FFG book
        Overview of the different designs
    Looking at the books, you can easily see that FFG used different designs for different product lines. In this guide, I have put together information for the four most common ones (EotE, AoR, FaD, Core). They all follow the same layout design in regards to font, placement and size, but change up the page elements, the background, and the colors. I will talk about each in a bit more detail in the following sections. 
      Background, page elements
    Unfortunately, FFG cannot release PDFs of their products due to licensing problems, but they have released a few single files. With Photoshop, it is fairly easy to extract some of those assets out of the PDFs. I put all material together in the download above, so all elements you find there are the original ones from the books, some in almost printing quality. 
      Fonts
    All books use the same fonts, and I have put together an overview of which fonts here. Unfortunately, all fonts are licensed, so I cannot link them here. If you keep looking on the internet, you might be able to find alternatives or clones that are very close to the real deal. 
    Colors
    Lastly, the biggest differentiator between the books are the colors. I have put together a comprehensive color chart below. Please forgive my laziness not to include all color codes, the easiest way to use them is to utilize the color swatches directly in InDesign. Alternatively, pick any image editor and just "color pick" the colors off of this chart and you should be good. 
    I hope this material is helpful, let me know if you have any questions. Thanks to FFG for creating this really outstanding game! 🙂
     
    Check out my other material as well: 
    Yaccarus' Complete Species Guide

     
    NPCs, Vehicles, Planets, Weapons, Armors, Gear and Starships.

     
    NPC & Creature cards

     
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    the_dearth got a reaction from Kualan in [WIP] Blood And Credits - An unofficial Clone Wars adventure module feat. mystery, big battles and political intrigue!   
    Thank you for the shout out! Looks great, can't wait for the final version! Let me know if I can help! 
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    the_dearth got a reaction from RLogue177 in GUIDE: How to layout your Star Wars fan products in the official look and feel [Updated: 18JUN20]   
    My favorite thing about FFG's Star Wars books is their great production quality and so early on I started to help more creative content creators putting their material in the 'official' look. My last project was to support @yaccarus to put his 'Complete Species Guide' into the official format. I always wanted to put together a tutorial to help others achieve similar results, this is it!
    There are similar tutorials out there (mainly here and here), but they are somewhat outdated and as the product line nears its completion (or end), I wanted to provide a full overview. Before I go into all the details, here is the result and below the direct download link. 


     
    Download here
    (last updated: June 18th, 2020)
    Included in this download is:
    InDesign
    InDesign files for EotE, AoR, FaD, "Core" (= my name for the style of the neutral books, e.g. Allies and Adversaries) For each book, the file includes Pre-set colors Pre-defined text formats for all kinds of text appearing in the book Ready-to-go pages with page backgrounds, page elements, page numbers Photoshop
    Photoshop template for EotE, AoR, FaD, Core to create a cover
      Additionally, the download contains   … all page elements as separate files, in case you would like to play around with them … all page-backgrounds with side elements as single image file to import into other programs (e.g. Word, Scribus)    NOT included are all fonts, as all of them are licensed and can therefore not be included. 
     
    Below are a few more details on the templates:         
    Requirement and tools
    Many content is posted on these boards, on Reddit and other websites but few look like typical FFG products, and the main reason for that is the use of tools and the involved amount of work. 
    If you were asked to recreate a marble statue but only given a hammer and a single wide chisel, the result might be close but really hard to match perfectly. The same is true for the Star Wars books. They are put together within a typical publishing workflow that is based on the Adobe Suite of products. 
    The key product used is InDesign. This is Adobe's solution for all desktop publishing and has become the market standard in many areas. The problem with InDesign is that it is fairly expensive. There are old versions out there that will work just as great. Alternatively, Adobe has a 30 day trial which is usually more than enough to turn one fan product around. There are alternatives (e.g. Scribus), but they are incompatible with the provided templates, however, you can still use the provided assets. 
    The other key product is Photoshop, especially to change / adapt pictures to make them fit into the product. GIMP is a great alternative, but also comes with a learning curve. The trickiest part to recreate are the images and their "feathered borders". You can find plenty tutorials how to achieve this effect, so I won't go into too much detail here. 
    Elements of a typical SW FFG book
        Overview of the different designs
    Looking at the books, you can easily see that FFG used different designs for different product lines. In this guide, I have put together information for the four most common ones (EotE, AoR, FaD, Core). They all follow the same layout design in regards to font, placement and size, but change up the page elements, the background, and the colors. I will talk about each in a bit more detail in the following sections. 
      Background, page elements
    Unfortunately, FFG cannot release PDFs of their products due to licensing problems, but they have released a few single files. With Photoshop, it is fairly easy to extract some of those assets out of the PDFs. I put all material together in the download above, so all elements you find there are the original ones from the books, some in almost printing quality. 
      Fonts
    All books use the same fonts, and I have put together an overview of which fonts here. Unfortunately, all fonts are licensed, so I cannot link them here. If you keep looking on the internet, you might be able to find alternatives or clones that are very close to the real deal. 
    Colors
    Lastly, the biggest differentiator between the books are the colors. I have put together a comprehensive color chart below. Please forgive my laziness not to include all color codes, the easiest way to use them is to utilize the color swatches directly in InDesign. Alternatively, pick any image editor and just "color pick" the colors off of this chart and you should be good. 
    I hope this material is helpful, let me know if you have any questions. Thanks to FFG for creating this really outstanding game! 🙂
     
    Check out my other material as well: 
    Yaccarus' Complete Species Guide

     
    NPCs, Vehicles, Planets, Weapons, Armors, Gear and Starships.

     
    NPC & Creature cards

     
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    the_dearth got a reaction from Varlie in GUIDE: How to layout your Star Wars fan products in the official look and feel [Updated: 18JUN20]   
    My favorite thing about FFG's Star Wars books is their great production quality and so early on I started to help more creative content creators putting their material in the 'official' look. My last project was to support @yaccarus to put his 'Complete Species Guide' into the official format. I always wanted to put together a tutorial to help others achieve similar results, this is it!
    There are similar tutorials out there (mainly here and here), but they are somewhat outdated and as the product line nears its completion (or end), I wanted to provide a full overview. Before I go into all the details, here is the result and below the direct download link. 


     
    Download here
    (last updated: June 18th, 2020)
    Included in this download is:
    InDesign
    InDesign files for EotE, AoR, FaD, "Core" (= my name for the style of the neutral books, e.g. Allies and Adversaries) For each book, the file includes Pre-set colors Pre-defined text formats for all kinds of text appearing in the book Ready-to-go pages with page backgrounds, page elements, page numbers Photoshop
    Photoshop template for EotE, AoR, FaD, Core to create a cover
      Additionally, the download contains   … all page elements as separate files, in case you would like to play around with them … all page-backgrounds with side elements as single image file to import into other programs (e.g. Word, Scribus)    NOT included are all fonts, as all of them are licensed and can therefore not be included. 
     
    Below are a few more details on the templates:         
    Requirement and tools
    Many content is posted on these boards, on Reddit and other websites but few look like typical FFG products, and the main reason for that is the use of tools and the involved amount of work. 
    If you were asked to recreate a marble statue but only given a hammer and a single wide chisel, the result might be close but really hard to match perfectly. The same is true for the Star Wars books. They are put together within a typical publishing workflow that is based on the Adobe Suite of products. 
    The key product used is InDesign. This is Adobe's solution for all desktop publishing and has become the market standard in many areas. The problem with InDesign is that it is fairly expensive. There are old versions out there that will work just as great. Alternatively, Adobe has a 30 day trial which is usually more than enough to turn one fan product around. There are alternatives (e.g. Scribus), but they are incompatible with the provided templates, however, you can still use the provided assets. 
    The other key product is Photoshop, especially to change / adapt pictures to make them fit into the product. GIMP is a great alternative, but also comes with a learning curve. The trickiest part to recreate are the images and their "feathered borders". You can find plenty tutorials how to achieve this effect, so I won't go into too much detail here. 
    Elements of a typical SW FFG book
        Overview of the different designs
    Looking at the books, you can easily see that FFG used different designs for different product lines. In this guide, I have put together information for the four most common ones (EotE, AoR, FaD, Core). They all follow the same layout design in regards to font, placement and size, but change up the page elements, the background, and the colors. I will talk about each in a bit more detail in the following sections. 
      Background, page elements
    Unfortunately, FFG cannot release PDFs of their products due to licensing problems, but they have released a few single files. With Photoshop, it is fairly easy to extract some of those assets out of the PDFs. I put all material together in the download above, so all elements you find there are the original ones from the books, some in almost printing quality. 
      Fonts
    All books use the same fonts, and I have put together an overview of which fonts here. Unfortunately, all fonts are licensed, so I cannot link them here. If you keep looking on the internet, you might be able to find alternatives or clones that are very close to the real deal. 
    Colors
    Lastly, the biggest differentiator between the books are the colors. I have put together a comprehensive color chart below. Please forgive my laziness not to include all color codes, the easiest way to use them is to utilize the color swatches directly in InDesign. Alternatively, pick any image editor and just "color pick" the colors off of this chart and you should be good. 
    I hope this material is helpful, let me know if you have any questions. Thanks to FFG for creating this really outstanding game! 🙂
     
    Check out my other material as well: 
    Yaccarus' Complete Species Guide

     
    NPCs, Vehicles, Planets, Weapons, Armors, Gear and Starships.

     
    NPC & Creature cards

     
  9. Like
    the_dearth got a reaction from yoink101 in GUIDE: How to layout your Star Wars fan products in the official look and feel [Updated: 18JUN20]   
    My favorite thing about FFG's Star Wars books is their great production quality and so early on I started to help more creative content creators putting their material in the 'official' look. My last project was to support @yaccarus to put his 'Complete Species Guide' into the official format. I always wanted to put together a tutorial to help others achieve similar results, this is it!
    There are similar tutorials out there (mainly here and here), but they are somewhat outdated and as the product line nears its completion (or end), I wanted to provide a full overview. Before I go into all the details, here is the result and below the direct download link. 


     
    Download here
    (last updated: June 18th, 2020)
    Included in this download is:
    InDesign
    InDesign files for EotE, AoR, FaD, "Core" (= my name for the style of the neutral books, e.g. Allies and Adversaries) For each book, the file includes Pre-set colors Pre-defined text formats for all kinds of text appearing in the book Ready-to-go pages with page backgrounds, page elements, page numbers Photoshop
    Photoshop template for EotE, AoR, FaD, Core to create a cover
      Additionally, the download contains   … all page elements as separate files, in case you would like to play around with them … all page-backgrounds with side elements as single image file to import into other programs (e.g. Word, Scribus)    NOT included are all fonts, as all of them are licensed and can therefore not be included. 
     
    Below are a few more details on the templates:         
    Requirement and tools
    Many content is posted on these boards, on Reddit and other websites but few look like typical FFG products, and the main reason for that is the use of tools and the involved amount of work. 
    If you were asked to recreate a marble statue but only given a hammer and a single wide chisel, the result might be close but really hard to match perfectly. The same is true for the Star Wars books. They are put together within a typical publishing workflow that is based on the Adobe Suite of products. 
    The key product used is InDesign. This is Adobe's solution for all desktop publishing and has become the market standard in many areas. The problem with InDesign is that it is fairly expensive. There are old versions out there that will work just as great. Alternatively, Adobe has a 30 day trial which is usually more than enough to turn one fan product around. There are alternatives (e.g. Scribus), but they are incompatible with the provided templates, however, you can still use the provided assets. 
    The other key product is Photoshop, especially to change / adapt pictures to make them fit into the product. GIMP is a great alternative, but also comes with a learning curve. The trickiest part to recreate are the images and their "feathered borders". You can find plenty tutorials how to achieve this effect, so I won't go into too much detail here. 
    Elements of a typical SW FFG book
        Overview of the different designs
    Looking at the books, you can easily see that FFG used different designs for different product lines. In this guide, I have put together information for the four most common ones (EotE, AoR, FaD, Core). They all follow the same layout design in regards to font, placement and size, but change up the page elements, the background, and the colors. I will talk about each in a bit more detail in the following sections. 
      Background, page elements
    Unfortunately, FFG cannot release PDFs of their products due to licensing problems, but they have released a few single files. With Photoshop, it is fairly easy to extract some of those assets out of the PDFs. I put all material together in the download above, so all elements you find there are the original ones from the books, some in almost printing quality. 
      Fonts
    All books use the same fonts, and I have put together an overview of which fonts here. Unfortunately, all fonts are licensed, so I cannot link them here. If you keep looking on the internet, you might be able to find alternatives or clones that are very close to the real deal. 
    Colors
    Lastly, the biggest differentiator between the books are the colors. I have put together a comprehensive color chart below. Please forgive my laziness not to include all color codes, the easiest way to use them is to utilize the color swatches directly in InDesign. Alternatively, pick any image editor and just "color pick" the colors off of this chart and you should be good. 
    I hope this material is helpful, let me know if you have any questions. Thanks to FFG for creating this really outstanding game! 🙂
     
    Check out my other material as well: 
    Yaccarus' Complete Species Guide

     
    NPCs, Vehicles, Planets, Weapons, Armors, Gear and Starships.

     
    NPC & Creature cards

     
  10. Like
    the_dearth got a reaction from Sturn in GUIDE: How to layout your Star Wars fan products in the official look and feel [Updated: 18JUN20]   
    My favorite thing about FFG's Star Wars books is their great production quality and so early on I started to help more creative content creators putting their material in the 'official' look. My last project was to support @yaccarus to put his 'Complete Species Guide' into the official format. I always wanted to put together a tutorial to help others achieve similar results, this is it!
    There are similar tutorials out there (mainly here and here), but they are somewhat outdated and as the product line nears its completion (or end), I wanted to provide a full overview. Before I go into all the details, here is the result and below the direct download link. 


     
    Download here
    (last updated: June 18th, 2020)
    Included in this download is:
    InDesign
    InDesign files for EotE, AoR, FaD, "Core" (= my name for the style of the neutral books, e.g. Allies and Adversaries) For each book, the file includes Pre-set colors Pre-defined text formats for all kinds of text appearing in the book Ready-to-go pages with page backgrounds, page elements, page numbers Photoshop
    Photoshop template for EotE, AoR, FaD, Core to create a cover
      Additionally, the download contains   … all page elements as separate files, in case you would like to play around with them … all page-backgrounds with side elements as single image file to import into other programs (e.g. Word, Scribus)    NOT included are all fonts, as all of them are licensed and can therefore not be included. 
     
    Below are a few more details on the templates:         
    Requirement and tools
    Many content is posted on these boards, on Reddit and other websites but few look like typical FFG products, and the main reason for that is the use of tools and the involved amount of work. 
    If you were asked to recreate a marble statue but only given a hammer and a single wide chisel, the result might be close but really hard to match perfectly. The same is true for the Star Wars books. They are put together within a typical publishing workflow that is based on the Adobe Suite of products. 
    The key product used is InDesign. This is Adobe's solution for all desktop publishing and has become the market standard in many areas. The problem with InDesign is that it is fairly expensive. There are old versions out there that will work just as great. Alternatively, Adobe has a 30 day trial which is usually more than enough to turn one fan product around. There are alternatives (e.g. Scribus), but they are incompatible with the provided templates, however, you can still use the provided assets. 
    The other key product is Photoshop, especially to change / adapt pictures to make them fit into the product. GIMP is a great alternative, but also comes with a learning curve. The trickiest part to recreate are the images and their "feathered borders". You can find plenty tutorials how to achieve this effect, so I won't go into too much detail here. 
    Elements of a typical SW FFG book
        Overview of the different designs
    Looking at the books, you can easily see that FFG used different designs for different product lines. In this guide, I have put together information for the four most common ones (EotE, AoR, FaD, Core). They all follow the same layout design in regards to font, placement and size, but change up the page elements, the background, and the colors. I will talk about each in a bit more detail in the following sections. 
      Background, page elements
    Unfortunately, FFG cannot release PDFs of their products due to licensing problems, but they have released a few single files. With Photoshop, it is fairly easy to extract some of those assets out of the PDFs. I put all material together in the download above, so all elements you find there are the original ones from the books, some in almost printing quality. 
      Fonts
    All books use the same fonts, and I have put together an overview of which fonts here. Unfortunately, all fonts are licensed, so I cannot link them here. If you keep looking on the internet, you might be able to find alternatives or clones that are very close to the real deal. 
    Colors
    Lastly, the biggest differentiator between the books are the colors. I have put together a comprehensive color chart below. Please forgive my laziness not to include all color codes, the easiest way to use them is to utilize the color swatches directly in InDesign. Alternatively, pick any image editor and just "color pick" the colors off of this chart and you should be good. 
    I hope this material is helpful, let me know if you have any questions. Thanks to FFG for creating this really outstanding game! 🙂
     
    Check out my other material as well: 
    Yaccarus' Complete Species Guide

     
    NPCs, Vehicles, Planets, Weapons, Armors, Gear and Starships.

     
    NPC & Creature cards

     
  11. Thanks
    the_dearth got a reaction from Spaceball in GUIDE: How to layout your Star Wars fan products in the official look and feel [Updated: 18JUN20]   
    My favorite thing about FFG's Star Wars books is their great production quality and so early on I started to help more creative content creators putting their material in the 'official' look. My last project was to support @yaccarus to put his 'Complete Species Guide' into the official format. I always wanted to put together a tutorial to help others achieve similar results, this is it!
    There are similar tutorials out there (mainly here and here), but they are somewhat outdated and as the product line nears its completion (or end), I wanted to provide a full overview. Before I go into all the details, here is the result and below the direct download link. 


     
    Download here
    (last updated: June 18th, 2020)
    Included in this download is:
    InDesign
    InDesign files for EotE, AoR, FaD, "Core" (= my name for the style of the neutral books, e.g. Allies and Adversaries) For each book, the file includes Pre-set colors Pre-defined text formats for all kinds of text appearing in the book Ready-to-go pages with page backgrounds, page elements, page numbers Photoshop
    Photoshop template for EotE, AoR, FaD, Core to create a cover
      Additionally, the download contains   … all page elements as separate files, in case you would like to play around with them … all page-backgrounds with side elements as single image file to import into other programs (e.g. Word, Scribus)    NOT included are all fonts, as all of them are licensed and can therefore not be included. 
     
    Below are a few more details on the templates:         
    Requirement and tools
    Many content is posted on these boards, on Reddit and other websites but few look like typical FFG products, and the main reason for that is the use of tools and the involved amount of work. 
    If you were asked to recreate a marble statue but only given a hammer and a single wide chisel, the result might be close but really hard to match perfectly. The same is true for the Star Wars books. They are put together within a typical publishing workflow that is based on the Adobe Suite of products. 
    The key product used is InDesign. This is Adobe's solution for all desktop publishing and has become the market standard in many areas. The problem with InDesign is that it is fairly expensive. There are old versions out there that will work just as great. Alternatively, Adobe has a 30 day trial which is usually more than enough to turn one fan product around. There are alternatives (e.g. Scribus), but they are incompatible with the provided templates, however, you can still use the provided assets. 
    The other key product is Photoshop, especially to change / adapt pictures to make them fit into the product. GIMP is a great alternative, but also comes with a learning curve. The trickiest part to recreate are the images and their "feathered borders". You can find plenty tutorials how to achieve this effect, so I won't go into too much detail here. 
    Elements of a typical SW FFG book
        Overview of the different designs
    Looking at the books, you can easily see that FFG used different designs for different product lines. In this guide, I have put together information for the four most common ones (EotE, AoR, FaD, Core). They all follow the same layout design in regards to font, placement and size, but change up the page elements, the background, and the colors. I will talk about each in a bit more detail in the following sections. 
      Background, page elements
    Unfortunately, FFG cannot release PDFs of their products due to licensing problems, but they have released a few single files. With Photoshop, it is fairly easy to extract some of those assets out of the PDFs. I put all material together in the download above, so all elements you find there are the original ones from the books, some in almost printing quality. 
      Fonts
    All books use the same fonts, and I have put together an overview of which fonts here. Unfortunately, all fonts are licensed, so I cannot link them here. If you keep looking on the internet, you might be able to find alternatives or clones that are very close to the real deal. 
    Colors
    Lastly, the biggest differentiator between the books are the colors. I have put together a comprehensive color chart below. Please forgive my laziness not to include all color codes, the easiest way to use them is to utilize the color swatches directly in InDesign. Alternatively, pick any image editor and just "color pick" the colors off of this chart and you should be good. 
    I hope this material is helpful, let me know if you have any questions. Thanks to FFG for creating this really outstanding game! 🙂
     
    Check out my other material as well: 
    Yaccarus' Complete Species Guide

     
    NPCs, Vehicles, Planets, Weapons, Armors, Gear and Starships.

     
    NPC & Creature cards

     
  12. Like
    the_dearth got a reaction from awayputurwpn in GUIDE: How to layout your Star Wars fan products in the official look and feel [Updated: 18JUN20]   
    My favorite thing about FFG's Star Wars books is their great production quality and so early on I started to help more creative content creators putting their material in the 'official' look. My last project was to support @yaccarus to put his 'Complete Species Guide' into the official format. I always wanted to put together a tutorial to help others achieve similar results, this is it!
    There are similar tutorials out there (mainly here and here), but they are somewhat outdated and as the product line nears its completion (or end), I wanted to provide a full overview. Before I go into all the details, here is the result and below the direct download link. 


     
    Download here
    (last updated: June 18th, 2020)
    Included in this download is:
    InDesign
    InDesign files for EotE, AoR, FaD, "Core" (= my name for the style of the neutral books, e.g. Allies and Adversaries) For each book, the file includes Pre-set colors Pre-defined text formats for all kinds of text appearing in the book Ready-to-go pages with page backgrounds, page elements, page numbers Photoshop
    Photoshop template for EotE, AoR, FaD, Core to create a cover
      Additionally, the download contains   … all page elements as separate files, in case you would like to play around with them … all page-backgrounds with side elements as single image file to import into other programs (e.g. Word, Scribus)    NOT included are all fonts, as all of them are licensed and can therefore not be included. 
     
    Below are a few more details on the templates:         
    Requirement and tools
    Many content is posted on these boards, on Reddit and other websites but few look like typical FFG products, and the main reason for that is the use of tools and the involved amount of work. 
    If you were asked to recreate a marble statue but only given a hammer and a single wide chisel, the result might be close but really hard to match perfectly. The same is true for the Star Wars books. They are put together within a typical publishing workflow that is based on the Adobe Suite of products. 
    The key product used is InDesign. This is Adobe's solution for all desktop publishing and has become the market standard in many areas. The problem with InDesign is that it is fairly expensive. There are old versions out there that will work just as great. Alternatively, Adobe has a 30 day trial which is usually more than enough to turn one fan product around. There are alternatives (e.g. Scribus), but they are incompatible with the provided templates, however, you can still use the provided assets. 
    The other key product is Photoshop, especially to change / adapt pictures to make them fit into the product. GIMP is a great alternative, but also comes with a learning curve. The trickiest part to recreate are the images and their "feathered borders". You can find plenty tutorials how to achieve this effect, so I won't go into too much detail here. 
    Elements of a typical SW FFG book
        Overview of the different designs
    Looking at the books, you can easily see that FFG used different designs for different product lines. In this guide, I have put together information for the four most common ones (EotE, AoR, FaD, Core). They all follow the same layout design in regards to font, placement and size, but change up the page elements, the background, and the colors. I will talk about each in a bit more detail in the following sections. 
      Background, page elements
    Unfortunately, FFG cannot release PDFs of their products due to licensing problems, but they have released a few single files. With Photoshop, it is fairly easy to extract some of those assets out of the PDFs. I put all material together in the download above, so all elements you find there are the original ones from the books, some in almost printing quality. 
      Fonts
    All books use the same fonts, and I have put together an overview of which fonts here. Unfortunately, all fonts are licensed, so I cannot link them here. If you keep looking on the internet, you might be able to find alternatives or clones that are very close to the real deal. 
    Colors
    Lastly, the biggest differentiator between the books are the colors. I have put together a comprehensive color chart below. Please forgive my laziness not to include all color codes, the easiest way to use them is to utilize the color swatches directly in InDesign. Alternatively, pick any image editor and just "color pick" the colors off of this chart and you should be good. 
    I hope this material is helpful, let me know if you have any questions. Thanks to FFG for creating this really outstanding game! 🙂
     
    Check out my other material as well: 
    Yaccarus' Complete Species Guide

     
    NPCs, Vehicles, Planets, Weapons, Armors, Gear and Starships.

     
    NPC & Creature cards

     
  13. Like
    the_dearth reacted to Talkie Toaster in GUIDE: How to layout your Star Wars fan products in the official look and feel [Updated: 18JUN20]   
    Absolutely brilliant! Particularly having it in every single colour scheme.
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    the_dearth reacted to blatamano in GUIDE: How to layout your Star Wars fan products in the official look and feel [Updated: 18JUN20]   
    This is incredibly useful! Thanks for doing this!
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    the_dearth got a reaction from Joress in GUIDE: How to layout your Star Wars fan products in the official look and feel [Updated: 18JUN20]   
    My favorite thing about FFG's Star Wars books is their great production quality and so early on I started to help more creative content creators putting their material in the 'official' look. My last project was to support @yaccarus to put his 'Complete Species Guide' into the official format. I always wanted to put together a tutorial to help others achieve similar results, this is it!
    There are similar tutorials out there (mainly here and here), but they are somewhat outdated and as the product line nears its completion (or end), I wanted to provide a full overview. Before I go into all the details, here is the result and below the direct download link. 


     
    Download here
    (last updated: June 18th, 2020)
    Included in this download is:
    InDesign
    InDesign files for EotE, AoR, FaD, "Core" (= my name for the style of the neutral books, e.g. Allies and Adversaries) For each book, the file includes Pre-set colors Pre-defined text formats for all kinds of text appearing in the book Ready-to-go pages with page backgrounds, page elements, page numbers Photoshop
    Photoshop template for EotE, AoR, FaD, Core to create a cover
      Additionally, the download contains   … all page elements as separate files, in case you would like to play around with them … all page-backgrounds with side elements as single image file to import into other programs (e.g. Word, Scribus)    NOT included are all fonts, as all of them are licensed and can therefore not be included. 
     
    Below are a few more details on the templates:         
    Requirement and tools
    Many content is posted on these boards, on Reddit and other websites but few look like typical FFG products, and the main reason for that is the use of tools and the involved amount of work. 
    If you were asked to recreate a marble statue but only given a hammer and a single wide chisel, the result might be close but really hard to match perfectly. The same is true for the Star Wars books. They are put together within a typical publishing workflow that is based on the Adobe Suite of products. 
    The key product used is InDesign. This is Adobe's solution for all desktop publishing and has become the market standard in many areas. The problem with InDesign is that it is fairly expensive. There are old versions out there that will work just as great. Alternatively, Adobe has a 30 day trial which is usually more than enough to turn one fan product around. There are alternatives (e.g. Scribus), but they are incompatible with the provided templates, however, you can still use the provided assets. 
    The other key product is Photoshop, especially to change / adapt pictures to make them fit into the product. GIMP is a great alternative, but also comes with a learning curve. The trickiest part to recreate are the images and their "feathered borders". You can find plenty tutorials how to achieve this effect, so I won't go into too much detail here. 
    Elements of a typical SW FFG book
        Overview of the different designs
    Looking at the books, you can easily see that FFG used different designs for different product lines. In this guide, I have put together information for the four most common ones (EotE, AoR, FaD, Core). They all follow the same layout design in regards to font, placement and size, but change up the page elements, the background, and the colors. I will talk about each in a bit more detail in the following sections. 
      Background, page elements
    Unfortunately, FFG cannot release PDFs of their products due to licensing problems, but they have released a few single files. With Photoshop, it is fairly easy to extract some of those assets out of the PDFs. I put all material together in the download above, so all elements you find there are the original ones from the books, some in almost printing quality. 
      Fonts
    All books use the same fonts, and I have put together an overview of which fonts here. Unfortunately, all fonts are licensed, so I cannot link them here. If you keep looking on the internet, you might be able to find alternatives or clones that are very close to the real deal. 
    Colors
    Lastly, the biggest differentiator between the books are the colors. I have put together a comprehensive color chart below. Please forgive my laziness not to include all color codes, the easiest way to use them is to utilize the color swatches directly in InDesign. Alternatively, pick any image editor and just "color pick" the colors off of this chart and you should be good. 
    I hope this material is helpful, let me know if you have any questions. Thanks to FFG for creating this really outstanding game! 🙂
     
    Check out my other material as well: 
    Yaccarus' Complete Species Guide

     
    NPCs, Vehicles, Planets, Weapons, Armors, Gear and Starships.

     
    NPC & Creature cards

     
  17. Thanks
    the_dearth got a reaction from Demon4x4 in GUIDE: How to layout your Star Wars fan products in the official look and feel [Updated: 18JUN20]   
    My favorite thing about FFG's Star Wars books is their great production quality and so early on I started to help more creative content creators putting their material in the 'official' look. My last project was to support @yaccarus to put his 'Complete Species Guide' into the official format. I always wanted to put together a tutorial to help others achieve similar results, this is it!
    There are similar tutorials out there (mainly here and here), but they are somewhat outdated and as the product line nears its completion (or end), I wanted to provide a full overview. Before I go into all the details, here is the result and below the direct download link. 


     
    Download here
    (last updated: June 18th, 2020)
    Included in this download is:
    InDesign
    InDesign files for EotE, AoR, FaD, "Core" (= my name for the style of the neutral books, e.g. Allies and Adversaries) For each book, the file includes Pre-set colors Pre-defined text formats for all kinds of text appearing in the book Ready-to-go pages with page backgrounds, page elements, page numbers Photoshop
    Photoshop template for EotE, AoR, FaD, Core to create a cover
      Additionally, the download contains   … all page elements as separate files, in case you would like to play around with them … all page-backgrounds with side elements as single image file to import into other programs (e.g. Word, Scribus)    NOT included are all fonts, as all of them are licensed and can therefore not be included. 
     
    Below are a few more details on the templates:         
    Requirement and tools
    Many content is posted on these boards, on Reddit and other websites but few look like typical FFG products, and the main reason for that is the use of tools and the involved amount of work. 
    If you were asked to recreate a marble statue but only given a hammer and a single wide chisel, the result might be close but really hard to match perfectly. The same is true for the Star Wars books. They are put together within a typical publishing workflow that is based on the Adobe Suite of products. 
    The key product used is InDesign. This is Adobe's solution for all desktop publishing and has become the market standard in many areas. The problem with InDesign is that it is fairly expensive. There are old versions out there that will work just as great. Alternatively, Adobe has a 30 day trial which is usually more than enough to turn one fan product around. There are alternatives (e.g. Scribus), but they are incompatible with the provided templates, however, you can still use the provided assets. 
    The other key product is Photoshop, especially to change / adapt pictures to make them fit into the product. GIMP is a great alternative, but also comes with a learning curve. The trickiest part to recreate are the images and their "feathered borders". You can find plenty tutorials how to achieve this effect, so I won't go into too much detail here. 
    Elements of a typical SW FFG book
        Overview of the different designs
    Looking at the books, you can easily see that FFG used different designs for different product lines. In this guide, I have put together information for the four most common ones (EotE, AoR, FaD, Core). They all follow the same layout design in regards to font, placement and size, but change up the page elements, the background, and the colors. I will talk about each in a bit more detail in the following sections. 
      Background, page elements
    Unfortunately, FFG cannot release PDFs of their products due to licensing problems, but they have released a few single files. With Photoshop, it is fairly easy to extract some of those assets out of the PDFs. I put all material together in the download above, so all elements you find there are the original ones from the books, some in almost printing quality. 
      Fonts
    All books use the same fonts, and I have put together an overview of which fonts here. Unfortunately, all fonts are licensed, so I cannot link them here. If you keep looking on the internet, you might be able to find alternatives or clones that are very close to the real deal. 
    Colors
    Lastly, the biggest differentiator between the books are the colors. I have put together a comprehensive color chart below. Please forgive my laziness not to include all color codes, the easiest way to use them is to utilize the color swatches directly in InDesign. Alternatively, pick any image editor and just "color pick" the colors off of this chart and you should be good. 
    I hope this material is helpful, let me know if you have any questions. Thanks to FFG for creating this really outstanding game! 🙂
     
    Check out my other material as well: 
    Yaccarus' Complete Species Guide

     
    NPCs, Vehicles, Planets, Weapons, Armors, Gear and Starships.

     
    NPC & Creature cards

     
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    the_dearth got a reaction from BrickSteelhead in GUIDE: How to layout your Star Wars fan products in the official look and feel [Updated: 18JUN20]   
    My favorite thing about FFG's Star Wars books is their great production quality and so early on I started to help more creative content creators putting their material in the 'official' look. My last project was to support @yaccarus to put his 'Complete Species Guide' into the official format. I always wanted to put together a tutorial to help others achieve similar results, this is it!
    There are similar tutorials out there (mainly here and here), but they are somewhat outdated and as the product line nears its completion (or end), I wanted to provide a full overview. Before I go into all the details, here is the result and below the direct download link. 


     
    Download here
    (last updated: June 18th, 2020)
    Included in this download is:
    InDesign
    InDesign files for EotE, AoR, FaD, "Core" (= my name for the style of the neutral books, e.g. Allies and Adversaries) For each book, the file includes Pre-set colors Pre-defined text formats for all kinds of text appearing in the book Ready-to-go pages with page backgrounds, page elements, page numbers Photoshop
    Photoshop template for EotE, AoR, FaD, Core to create a cover
      Additionally, the download contains   … all page elements as separate files, in case you would like to play around with them … all page-backgrounds with side elements as single image file to import into other programs (e.g. Word, Scribus)    NOT included are all fonts, as all of them are licensed and can therefore not be included. 
     
    Below are a few more details on the templates:         
    Requirement and tools
    Many content is posted on these boards, on Reddit and other websites but few look like typical FFG products, and the main reason for that is the use of tools and the involved amount of work. 
    If you were asked to recreate a marble statue but only given a hammer and a single wide chisel, the result might be close but really hard to match perfectly. The same is true for the Star Wars books. They are put together within a typical publishing workflow that is based on the Adobe Suite of products. 
    The key product used is InDesign. This is Adobe's solution for all desktop publishing and has become the market standard in many areas. The problem with InDesign is that it is fairly expensive. There are old versions out there that will work just as great. Alternatively, Adobe has a 30 day trial which is usually more than enough to turn one fan product around. There are alternatives (e.g. Scribus), but they are incompatible with the provided templates, however, you can still use the provided assets. 
    The other key product is Photoshop, especially to change / adapt pictures to make them fit into the product. GIMP is a great alternative, but also comes with a learning curve. The trickiest part to recreate are the images and their "feathered borders". You can find plenty tutorials how to achieve this effect, so I won't go into too much detail here. 
    Elements of a typical SW FFG book
        Overview of the different designs
    Looking at the books, you can easily see that FFG used different designs for different product lines. In this guide, I have put together information for the four most common ones (EotE, AoR, FaD, Core). They all follow the same layout design in regards to font, placement and size, but change up the page elements, the background, and the colors. I will talk about each in a bit more detail in the following sections. 
      Background, page elements
    Unfortunately, FFG cannot release PDFs of their products due to licensing problems, but they have released a few single files. With Photoshop, it is fairly easy to extract some of those assets out of the PDFs. I put all material together in the download above, so all elements you find there are the original ones from the books, some in almost printing quality. 
      Fonts
    All books use the same fonts, and I have put together an overview of which fonts here. Unfortunately, all fonts are licensed, so I cannot link them here. If you keep looking on the internet, you might be able to find alternatives or clones that are very close to the real deal. 
    Colors
    Lastly, the biggest differentiator between the books are the colors. I have put together a comprehensive color chart below. Please forgive my laziness not to include all color codes, the easiest way to use them is to utilize the color swatches directly in InDesign. Alternatively, pick any image editor and just "color pick" the colors off of this chart and you should be good. 
    I hope this material is helpful, let me know if you have any questions. Thanks to FFG for creating this really outstanding game! 🙂
     
    Check out my other material as well: 
    Yaccarus' Complete Species Guide

     
    NPCs, Vehicles, Planets, Weapons, Armors, Gear and Starships.

     
    NPC & Creature cards

     
  19. Like
    the_dearth got a reaction from kaosoe in GUIDE: How to layout your Star Wars fan products in the official look and feel [Updated: 18JUN20]   
    My favorite thing about FFG's Star Wars books is their great production quality and so early on I started to help more creative content creators putting their material in the 'official' look. My last project was to support @yaccarus to put his 'Complete Species Guide' into the official format. I always wanted to put together a tutorial to help others achieve similar results, this is it!
    There are similar tutorials out there (mainly here and here), but they are somewhat outdated and as the product line nears its completion (or end), I wanted to provide a full overview. Before I go into all the details, here is the result and below the direct download link. 


     
    Download here
    (last updated: June 18th, 2020)
    Included in this download is:
    InDesign
    InDesign files for EotE, AoR, FaD, "Core" (= my name for the style of the neutral books, e.g. Allies and Adversaries) For each book, the file includes Pre-set colors Pre-defined text formats for all kinds of text appearing in the book Ready-to-go pages with page backgrounds, page elements, page numbers Photoshop
    Photoshop template for EotE, AoR, FaD, Core to create a cover
      Additionally, the download contains   … all page elements as separate files, in case you would like to play around with them … all page-backgrounds with side elements as single image file to import into other programs (e.g. Word, Scribus)    NOT included are all fonts, as all of them are licensed and can therefore not be included. 
     
    Below are a few more details on the templates:         
    Requirement and tools
    Many content is posted on these boards, on Reddit and other websites but few look like typical FFG products, and the main reason for that is the use of tools and the involved amount of work. 
    If you were asked to recreate a marble statue but only given a hammer and a single wide chisel, the result might be close but really hard to match perfectly. The same is true for the Star Wars books. They are put together within a typical publishing workflow that is based on the Adobe Suite of products. 
    The key product used is InDesign. This is Adobe's solution for all desktop publishing and has become the market standard in many areas. The problem with InDesign is that it is fairly expensive. There are old versions out there that will work just as great. Alternatively, Adobe has a 30 day trial which is usually more than enough to turn one fan product around. There are alternatives (e.g. Scribus), but they are incompatible with the provided templates, however, you can still use the provided assets. 
    The other key product is Photoshop, especially to change / adapt pictures to make them fit into the product. GIMP is a great alternative, but also comes with a learning curve. The trickiest part to recreate are the images and their "feathered borders". You can find plenty tutorials how to achieve this effect, so I won't go into too much detail here. 
    Elements of a typical SW FFG book
        Overview of the different designs
    Looking at the books, you can easily see that FFG used different designs for different product lines. In this guide, I have put together information for the four most common ones (EotE, AoR, FaD, Core). They all follow the same layout design in regards to font, placement and size, but change up the page elements, the background, and the colors. I will talk about each in a bit more detail in the following sections. 
      Background, page elements
    Unfortunately, FFG cannot release PDFs of their products due to licensing problems, but they have released a few single files. With Photoshop, it is fairly easy to extract some of those assets out of the PDFs. I put all material together in the download above, so all elements you find there are the original ones from the books, some in almost printing quality. 
      Fonts
    All books use the same fonts, and I have put together an overview of which fonts here. Unfortunately, all fonts are licensed, so I cannot link them here. If you keep looking on the internet, you might be able to find alternatives or clones that are very close to the real deal. 
    Colors
    Lastly, the biggest differentiator between the books are the colors. I have put together a comprehensive color chart below. Please forgive my laziness not to include all color codes, the easiest way to use them is to utilize the color swatches directly in InDesign. Alternatively, pick any image editor and just "color pick" the colors off of this chart and you should be good. 
    I hope this material is helpful, let me know if you have any questions. Thanks to FFG for creating this really outstanding game! 🙂
     
    Check out my other material as well: 
    Yaccarus' Complete Species Guide

     
    NPCs, Vehicles, Planets, Weapons, Armors, Gear and Starships.

     
    NPC & Creature cards

     
  20. Thanks
    the_dearth got a reaction from blatamano in GUIDE: How to layout your Star Wars fan products in the official look and feel [Updated: 18JUN20]   
    My favorite thing about FFG's Star Wars books is their great production quality and so early on I started to help more creative content creators putting their material in the 'official' look. My last project was to support @yaccarus to put his 'Complete Species Guide' into the official format. I always wanted to put together a tutorial to help others achieve similar results, this is it!
    There are similar tutorials out there (mainly here and here), but they are somewhat outdated and as the product line nears its completion (or end), I wanted to provide a full overview. Before I go into all the details, here is the result and below the direct download link. 


     
    Download here
    (last updated: June 18th, 2020)
    Included in this download is:
    InDesign
    InDesign files for EotE, AoR, FaD, "Core" (= my name for the style of the neutral books, e.g. Allies and Adversaries) For each book, the file includes Pre-set colors Pre-defined text formats for all kinds of text appearing in the book Ready-to-go pages with page backgrounds, page elements, page numbers Photoshop
    Photoshop template for EotE, AoR, FaD, Core to create a cover
      Additionally, the download contains   … all page elements as separate files, in case you would like to play around with them … all page-backgrounds with side elements as single image file to import into other programs (e.g. Word, Scribus)    NOT included are all fonts, as all of them are licensed and can therefore not be included. 
     
    Below are a few more details on the templates:         
    Requirement and tools
    Many content is posted on these boards, on Reddit and other websites but few look like typical FFG products, and the main reason for that is the use of tools and the involved amount of work. 
    If you were asked to recreate a marble statue but only given a hammer and a single wide chisel, the result might be close but really hard to match perfectly. The same is true for the Star Wars books. They are put together within a typical publishing workflow that is based on the Adobe Suite of products. 
    The key product used is InDesign. This is Adobe's solution for all desktop publishing and has become the market standard in many areas. The problem with InDesign is that it is fairly expensive. There are old versions out there that will work just as great. Alternatively, Adobe has a 30 day trial which is usually more than enough to turn one fan product around. There are alternatives (e.g. Scribus), but they are incompatible with the provided templates, however, you can still use the provided assets. 
    The other key product is Photoshop, especially to change / adapt pictures to make them fit into the product. GIMP is a great alternative, but also comes with a learning curve. The trickiest part to recreate are the images and their "feathered borders". You can find plenty tutorials how to achieve this effect, so I won't go into too much detail here. 
    Elements of a typical SW FFG book
        Overview of the different designs
    Looking at the books, you can easily see that FFG used different designs for different product lines. In this guide, I have put together information for the four most common ones (EotE, AoR, FaD, Core). They all follow the same layout design in regards to font, placement and size, but change up the page elements, the background, and the colors. I will talk about each in a bit more detail in the following sections. 
      Background, page elements
    Unfortunately, FFG cannot release PDFs of their products due to licensing problems, but they have released a few single files. With Photoshop, it is fairly easy to extract some of those assets out of the PDFs. I put all material together in the download above, so all elements you find there are the original ones from the books, some in almost printing quality. 
      Fonts
    All books use the same fonts, and I have put together an overview of which fonts here. Unfortunately, all fonts are licensed, so I cannot link them here. If you keep looking on the internet, you might be able to find alternatives or clones that are very close to the real deal. 
    Colors
    Lastly, the biggest differentiator between the books are the colors. I have put together a comprehensive color chart below. Please forgive my laziness not to include all color codes, the easiest way to use them is to utilize the color swatches directly in InDesign. Alternatively, pick any image editor and just "color pick" the colors off of this chart and you should be good. 
    I hope this material is helpful, let me know if you have any questions. Thanks to FFG for creating this really outstanding game! 🙂
     
    Check out my other material as well: 
    Yaccarus' Complete Species Guide

     
    NPCs, Vehicles, Planets, Weapons, Armors, Gear and Starships.

     
    NPC & Creature cards

     
  21. Thanks
    the_dearth got a reaction from Rimsen in GUIDE: How to layout your Star Wars fan products in the official look and feel [Updated: 18JUN20]   
    My favorite thing about FFG's Star Wars books is their great production quality and so early on I started to help more creative content creators putting their material in the 'official' look. My last project was to support @yaccarus to put his 'Complete Species Guide' into the official format. I always wanted to put together a tutorial to help others achieve similar results, this is it!
    There are similar tutorials out there (mainly here and here), but they are somewhat outdated and as the product line nears its completion (or end), I wanted to provide a full overview. Before I go into all the details, here is the result and below the direct download link. 


     
    Download here
    (last updated: June 18th, 2020)
    Included in this download is:
    InDesign
    InDesign files for EotE, AoR, FaD, "Core" (= my name for the style of the neutral books, e.g. Allies and Adversaries) For each book, the file includes Pre-set colors Pre-defined text formats for all kinds of text appearing in the book Ready-to-go pages with page backgrounds, page elements, page numbers Photoshop
    Photoshop template for EotE, AoR, FaD, Core to create a cover
      Additionally, the download contains   … all page elements as separate files, in case you would like to play around with them … all page-backgrounds with side elements as single image file to import into other programs (e.g. Word, Scribus)    NOT included are all fonts, as all of them are licensed and can therefore not be included. 
     
    Below are a few more details on the templates:         
    Requirement and tools
    Many content is posted on these boards, on Reddit and other websites but few look like typical FFG products, and the main reason for that is the use of tools and the involved amount of work. 
    If you were asked to recreate a marble statue but only given a hammer and a single wide chisel, the result might be close but really hard to match perfectly. The same is true for the Star Wars books. They are put together within a typical publishing workflow that is based on the Adobe Suite of products. 
    The key product used is InDesign. This is Adobe's solution for all desktop publishing and has become the market standard in many areas. The problem with InDesign is that it is fairly expensive. There are old versions out there that will work just as great. Alternatively, Adobe has a 30 day trial which is usually more than enough to turn one fan product around. There are alternatives (e.g. Scribus), but they are incompatible with the provided templates, however, you can still use the provided assets. 
    The other key product is Photoshop, especially to change / adapt pictures to make them fit into the product. GIMP is a great alternative, but also comes with a learning curve. The trickiest part to recreate are the images and their "feathered borders". You can find plenty tutorials how to achieve this effect, so I won't go into too much detail here. 
    Elements of a typical SW FFG book
        Overview of the different designs
    Looking at the books, you can easily see that FFG used different designs for different product lines. In this guide, I have put together information for the four most common ones (EotE, AoR, FaD, Core). They all follow the same layout design in regards to font, placement and size, but change up the page elements, the background, and the colors. I will talk about each in a bit more detail in the following sections. 
      Background, page elements
    Unfortunately, FFG cannot release PDFs of their products due to licensing problems, but they have released a few single files. With Photoshop, it is fairly easy to extract some of those assets out of the PDFs. I put all material together in the download above, so all elements you find there are the original ones from the books, some in almost printing quality. 
      Fonts
    All books use the same fonts, and I have put together an overview of which fonts here. Unfortunately, all fonts are licensed, so I cannot link them here. If you keep looking on the internet, you might be able to find alternatives or clones that are very close to the real deal. 
    Colors
    Lastly, the biggest differentiator between the books are the colors. I have put together a comprehensive color chart below. Please forgive my laziness not to include all color codes, the easiest way to use them is to utilize the color swatches directly in InDesign. Alternatively, pick any image editor and just "color pick" the colors off of this chart and you should be good. 
    I hope this material is helpful, let me know if you have any questions. Thanks to FFG for creating this really outstanding game! 🙂
     
    Check out my other material as well: 
    Yaccarus' Complete Species Guide

     
    NPCs, Vehicles, Planets, Weapons, Armors, Gear and Starships.

     
    NPC & Creature cards

     
  22. Thanks
    the_dearth got a reaction from DangerShine Designs in GUIDE: How to layout your Star Wars fan products in the official look and feel [Updated: 18JUN20]   
    My favorite thing about FFG's Star Wars books is their great production quality and so early on I started to help more creative content creators putting their material in the 'official' look. My last project was to support @yaccarus to put his 'Complete Species Guide' into the official format. I always wanted to put together a tutorial to help others achieve similar results, this is it!
    There are similar tutorials out there (mainly here and here), but they are somewhat outdated and as the product line nears its completion (or end), I wanted to provide a full overview. Before I go into all the details, here is the result and below the direct download link. 


     
    Download here
    (last updated: June 18th, 2020)
    Included in this download is:
    InDesign
    InDesign files for EotE, AoR, FaD, "Core" (= my name for the style of the neutral books, e.g. Allies and Adversaries) For each book, the file includes Pre-set colors Pre-defined text formats for all kinds of text appearing in the book Ready-to-go pages with page backgrounds, page elements, page numbers Photoshop
    Photoshop template for EotE, AoR, FaD, Core to create a cover
      Additionally, the download contains   … all page elements as separate files, in case you would like to play around with them … all page-backgrounds with side elements as single image file to import into other programs (e.g. Word, Scribus)    NOT included are all fonts, as all of them are licensed and can therefore not be included. 
     
    Below are a few more details on the templates:         
    Requirement and tools
    Many content is posted on these boards, on Reddit and other websites but few look like typical FFG products, and the main reason for that is the use of tools and the involved amount of work. 
    If you were asked to recreate a marble statue but only given a hammer and a single wide chisel, the result might be close but really hard to match perfectly. The same is true for the Star Wars books. They are put together within a typical publishing workflow that is based on the Adobe Suite of products. 
    The key product used is InDesign. This is Adobe's solution for all desktop publishing and has become the market standard in many areas. The problem with InDesign is that it is fairly expensive. There are old versions out there that will work just as great. Alternatively, Adobe has a 30 day trial which is usually more than enough to turn one fan product around. There are alternatives (e.g. Scribus), but they are incompatible with the provided templates, however, you can still use the provided assets. 
    The other key product is Photoshop, especially to change / adapt pictures to make them fit into the product. GIMP is a great alternative, but also comes with a learning curve. The trickiest part to recreate are the images and their "feathered borders". You can find plenty tutorials how to achieve this effect, so I won't go into too much detail here. 
    Elements of a typical SW FFG book
        Overview of the different designs
    Looking at the books, you can easily see that FFG used different designs for different product lines. In this guide, I have put together information for the four most common ones (EotE, AoR, FaD, Core). They all follow the same layout design in regards to font, placement and size, but change up the page elements, the background, and the colors. I will talk about each in a bit more detail in the following sections. 
      Background, page elements
    Unfortunately, FFG cannot release PDFs of their products due to licensing problems, but they have released a few single files. With Photoshop, it is fairly easy to extract some of those assets out of the PDFs. I put all material together in the download above, so all elements you find there are the original ones from the books, some in almost printing quality. 
      Fonts
    All books use the same fonts, and I have put together an overview of which fonts here. Unfortunately, all fonts are licensed, so I cannot link them here. If you keep looking on the internet, you might be able to find alternatives or clones that are very close to the real deal. 
    Colors
    Lastly, the biggest differentiator between the books are the colors. I have put together a comprehensive color chart below. Please forgive my laziness not to include all color codes, the easiest way to use them is to utilize the color swatches directly in InDesign. Alternatively, pick any image editor and just "color pick" the colors off of this chart and you should be good. 
    I hope this material is helpful, let me know if you have any questions. Thanks to FFG for creating this really outstanding game! 🙂
     
    Check out my other material as well: 
    Yaccarus' Complete Species Guide

     
    NPCs, Vehicles, Planets, Weapons, Armors, Gear and Starships.

     
    NPC & Creature cards

     
  23. Thanks
    the_dearth got a reaction from Talkie Toaster in GUIDE: How to layout your Star Wars fan products in the official look and feel [Updated: 18JUN20]   
    My favorite thing about FFG's Star Wars books is their great production quality and so early on I started to help more creative content creators putting their material in the 'official' look. My last project was to support @yaccarus to put his 'Complete Species Guide' into the official format. I always wanted to put together a tutorial to help others achieve similar results, this is it!
    There are similar tutorials out there (mainly here and here), but they are somewhat outdated and as the product line nears its completion (or end), I wanted to provide a full overview. Before I go into all the details, here is the result and below the direct download link. 


     
    Download here
    (last updated: June 18th, 2020)
    Included in this download is:
    InDesign
    InDesign files for EotE, AoR, FaD, "Core" (= my name for the style of the neutral books, e.g. Allies and Adversaries) For each book, the file includes Pre-set colors Pre-defined text formats for all kinds of text appearing in the book Ready-to-go pages with page backgrounds, page elements, page numbers Photoshop
    Photoshop template for EotE, AoR, FaD, Core to create a cover
      Additionally, the download contains   … all page elements as separate files, in case you would like to play around with them … all page-backgrounds with side elements as single image file to import into other programs (e.g. Word, Scribus)    NOT included are all fonts, as all of them are licensed and can therefore not be included. 
     
    Below are a few more details on the templates:         
    Requirement and tools
    Many content is posted on these boards, on Reddit and other websites but few look like typical FFG products, and the main reason for that is the use of tools and the involved amount of work. 
    If you were asked to recreate a marble statue but only given a hammer and a single wide chisel, the result might be close but really hard to match perfectly. The same is true for the Star Wars books. They are put together within a typical publishing workflow that is based on the Adobe Suite of products. 
    The key product used is InDesign. This is Adobe's solution for all desktop publishing and has become the market standard in many areas. The problem with InDesign is that it is fairly expensive. There are old versions out there that will work just as great. Alternatively, Adobe has a 30 day trial which is usually more than enough to turn one fan product around. There are alternatives (e.g. Scribus), but they are incompatible with the provided templates, however, you can still use the provided assets. 
    The other key product is Photoshop, especially to change / adapt pictures to make them fit into the product. GIMP is a great alternative, but also comes with a learning curve. The trickiest part to recreate are the images and their "feathered borders". You can find plenty tutorials how to achieve this effect, so I won't go into too much detail here. 
    Elements of a typical SW FFG book
        Overview of the different designs
    Looking at the books, you can easily see that FFG used different designs for different product lines. In this guide, I have put together information for the four most common ones (EotE, AoR, FaD, Core). They all follow the same layout design in regards to font, placement and size, but change up the page elements, the background, and the colors. I will talk about each in a bit more detail in the following sections. 
      Background, page elements
    Unfortunately, FFG cannot release PDFs of their products due to licensing problems, but they have released a few single files. With Photoshop, it is fairly easy to extract some of those assets out of the PDFs. I put all material together in the download above, so all elements you find there are the original ones from the books, some in almost printing quality. 
      Fonts
    All books use the same fonts, and I have put together an overview of which fonts here. Unfortunately, all fonts are licensed, so I cannot link them here. If you keep looking on the internet, you might be able to find alternatives or clones that are very close to the real deal. 
    Colors
    Lastly, the biggest differentiator between the books are the colors. I have put together a comprehensive color chart below. Please forgive my laziness not to include all color codes, the easiest way to use them is to utilize the color swatches directly in InDesign. Alternatively, pick any image editor and just "color pick" the colors off of this chart and you should be good. 
    I hope this material is helpful, let me know if you have any questions. Thanks to FFG for creating this really outstanding game! 🙂
     
    Check out my other material as well: 
    Yaccarus' Complete Species Guide

     
    NPCs, Vehicles, Planets, Weapons, Armors, Gear and Starships.

     
    NPC & Creature cards

     
  24. Like
    the_dearth got a reaction from wilsch in GUIDE: How to layout your Star Wars fan products in the official look and feel [Updated: 18JUN20]   
    My favorite thing about FFG's Star Wars books is their great production quality and so early on I started to help more creative content creators putting their material in the 'official' look. My last project was to support @yaccarus to put his 'Complete Species Guide' into the official format. I always wanted to put together a tutorial to help others achieve similar results, this is it!
    There are similar tutorials out there (mainly here and here), but they are somewhat outdated and as the product line nears its completion (or end), I wanted to provide a full overview. Before I go into all the details, here is the result and below the direct download link. 


     
    Download here
    (last updated: June 18th, 2020)
    Included in this download is:
    InDesign
    InDesign files for EotE, AoR, FaD, "Core" (= my name for the style of the neutral books, e.g. Allies and Adversaries) For each book, the file includes Pre-set colors Pre-defined text formats for all kinds of text appearing in the book Ready-to-go pages with page backgrounds, page elements, page numbers Photoshop
    Photoshop template for EotE, AoR, FaD, Core to create a cover
      Additionally, the download contains   … all page elements as separate files, in case you would like to play around with them … all page-backgrounds with side elements as single image file to import into other programs (e.g. Word, Scribus)    NOT included are all fonts, as all of them are licensed and can therefore not be included. 
     
    Below are a few more details on the templates:         
    Requirement and tools
    Many content is posted on these boards, on Reddit and other websites but few look like typical FFG products, and the main reason for that is the use of tools and the involved amount of work. 
    If you were asked to recreate a marble statue but only given a hammer and a single wide chisel, the result might be close but really hard to match perfectly. The same is true for the Star Wars books. They are put together within a typical publishing workflow that is based on the Adobe Suite of products. 
    The key product used is InDesign. This is Adobe's solution for all desktop publishing and has become the market standard in many areas. The problem with InDesign is that it is fairly expensive. There are old versions out there that will work just as great. Alternatively, Adobe has a 30 day trial which is usually more than enough to turn one fan product around. There are alternatives (e.g. Scribus), but they are incompatible with the provided templates, however, you can still use the provided assets. 
    The other key product is Photoshop, especially to change / adapt pictures to make them fit into the product. GIMP is a great alternative, but also comes with a learning curve. The trickiest part to recreate are the images and their "feathered borders". You can find plenty tutorials how to achieve this effect, so I won't go into too much detail here. 
    Elements of a typical SW FFG book
        Overview of the different designs
    Looking at the books, you can easily see that FFG used different designs for different product lines. In this guide, I have put together information for the four most common ones (EotE, AoR, FaD, Core). They all follow the same layout design in regards to font, placement and size, but change up the page elements, the background, and the colors. I will talk about each in a bit more detail in the following sections. 
      Background, page elements
    Unfortunately, FFG cannot release PDFs of their products due to licensing problems, but they have released a few single files. With Photoshop, it is fairly easy to extract some of those assets out of the PDFs. I put all material together in the download above, so all elements you find there are the original ones from the books, some in almost printing quality. 
      Fonts
    All books use the same fonts, and I have put together an overview of which fonts here. Unfortunately, all fonts are licensed, so I cannot link them here. If you keep looking on the internet, you might be able to find alternatives or clones that are very close to the real deal. 
    Colors
    Lastly, the biggest differentiator between the books are the colors. I have put together a comprehensive color chart below. Please forgive my laziness not to include all color codes, the easiest way to use them is to utilize the color swatches directly in InDesign. Alternatively, pick any image editor and just "color pick" the colors off of this chart and you should be good. 
    I hope this material is helpful, let me know if you have any questions. Thanks to FFG for creating this really outstanding game! 🙂
     
    Check out my other material as well: 
    Yaccarus' Complete Species Guide

     
    NPCs, Vehicles, Planets, Weapons, Armors, Gear and Starships.

     
    NPC & Creature cards

     
  25. Thanks
    the_dearth got a reaction from Kualan in GUIDE: How to layout your Star Wars fan products in the official look and feel [Updated: 18JUN20]   
    My favorite thing about FFG's Star Wars books is their great production quality and so early on I started to help more creative content creators putting their material in the 'official' look. My last project was to support @yaccarus to put his 'Complete Species Guide' into the official format. I always wanted to put together a tutorial to help others achieve similar results, this is it!
    There are similar tutorials out there (mainly here and here), but they are somewhat outdated and as the product line nears its completion (or end), I wanted to provide a full overview. Before I go into all the details, here is the result and below the direct download link. 


     
    Download here
    (last updated: June 18th, 2020)
    Included in this download is:
    InDesign
    InDesign files for EotE, AoR, FaD, "Core" (= my name for the style of the neutral books, e.g. Allies and Adversaries) For each book, the file includes Pre-set colors Pre-defined text formats for all kinds of text appearing in the book Ready-to-go pages with page backgrounds, page elements, page numbers Photoshop
    Photoshop template for EotE, AoR, FaD, Core to create a cover
      Additionally, the download contains   … all page elements as separate files, in case you would like to play around with them … all page-backgrounds with side elements as single image file to import into other programs (e.g. Word, Scribus)    NOT included are all fonts, as all of them are licensed and can therefore not be included. 
     
    Below are a few more details on the templates:         
    Requirement and tools
    Many content is posted on these boards, on Reddit and other websites but few look like typical FFG products, and the main reason for that is the use of tools and the involved amount of work. 
    If you were asked to recreate a marble statue but only given a hammer and a single wide chisel, the result might be close but really hard to match perfectly. The same is true for the Star Wars books. They are put together within a typical publishing workflow that is based on the Adobe Suite of products. 
    The key product used is InDesign. This is Adobe's solution for all desktop publishing and has become the market standard in many areas. The problem with InDesign is that it is fairly expensive. There are old versions out there that will work just as great. Alternatively, Adobe has a 30 day trial which is usually more than enough to turn one fan product around. There are alternatives (e.g. Scribus), but they are incompatible with the provided templates, however, you can still use the provided assets. 
    The other key product is Photoshop, especially to change / adapt pictures to make them fit into the product. GIMP is a great alternative, but also comes with a learning curve. The trickiest part to recreate are the images and their "feathered borders". You can find plenty tutorials how to achieve this effect, so I won't go into too much detail here. 
    Elements of a typical SW FFG book
        Overview of the different designs
    Looking at the books, you can easily see that FFG used different designs for different product lines. In this guide, I have put together information for the four most common ones (EotE, AoR, FaD, Core). They all follow the same layout design in regards to font, placement and size, but change up the page elements, the background, and the colors. I will talk about each in a bit more detail in the following sections. 
      Background, page elements
    Unfortunately, FFG cannot release PDFs of their products due to licensing problems, but they have released a few single files. With Photoshop, it is fairly easy to extract some of those assets out of the PDFs. I put all material together in the download above, so all elements you find there are the original ones from the books, some in almost printing quality. 
      Fonts
    All books use the same fonts, and I have put together an overview of which fonts here. Unfortunately, all fonts are licensed, so I cannot link them here. If you keep looking on the internet, you might be able to find alternatives or clones that are very close to the real deal. 
    Colors
    Lastly, the biggest differentiator between the books are the colors. I have put together a comprehensive color chart below. Please forgive my laziness not to include all color codes, the easiest way to use them is to utilize the color swatches directly in InDesign. Alternatively, pick any image editor and just "color pick" the colors off of this chart and you should be good. 
    I hope this material is helpful, let me know if you have any questions. Thanks to FFG for creating this really outstanding game! 🙂
     
    Check out my other material as well: 
    Yaccarus' Complete Species Guide

     
    NPCs, Vehicles, Planets, Weapons, Armors, Gear and Starships.

     
    NPC & Creature cards

     
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