Making a cross using “instrument design rules”

Making a cross using instrument design rules

June 22, 2009

Kenneth Burchfiel

(“Instrument design rules” is simply the process of designing a graphic using numerical measurements and references. Instead of visually designing an object, an instrument designer enters measurements and proportions to create it.)

(A pica, a measurement used in design, is one sixth of an inch.)

Step 1: Load a page measuring 51 picas in width by 66 picas in height (letter size).

Step 2: Create an object measuring 48 picas in height by 7 picas in width. Its base should be 63 picas below the top of the page; its center should be 25.5 picas from the left of the page.

Step 3: Color the fill of the box with the following swatch (or hue): 15 cyan, 30 magenta, 75 yellow.

Step 4: Add a 1 pt. 100K (black) stroke (border) to the box.

Step 5: Create a text box measuring 24 picas in width by 7 picas in height; its center point should be 25.5 picas from the left of the page, and 27 picas from the top of the page.

Step 6: Write “For God so loved the world” in 22 pt. Times New Roman font in the text box. Center the text horizontally. Add a baseline shift of -31 pt.

Step 7: Color the fill of the box with the following swatch (or hue): 15 cyan, 30 magenta, 75 yellow.

Step 8: Add a 1 pt. 100K (black) stroke (border) to the text box.

The result should look something like this (click on the link): For God so loved the world IDR

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