3 Things to Know Before You Specify Paper (+ a shortcut)

Paper can comprise from 30% to 60% of the cost of a print job, so specifying the right paper is extremely important. The paper selected plays a major role in the final appearance, and success, of a project. In order to correctly specify paper, you need to know the language of paper grades and weights. Grades such as bond and writing…

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Designers Set Print Costs, Not Printers

Whaaaaaat? The cost of producing your printed piece is completely dictated by the design. Oh Snap! If you have a knot in your stomach right now you are not alone. Remember, I am a graphic designer, we are of the same tribe, and I have your back. There’s a reason why so much of the printed stuff out…

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Never, Ever, Say ASAP to a Printer.

Planning Print JObs Here we are at the beginning of a new year, so it’s a great time to talk about planning. Whether you are a person who likes to plan in advance, or hates to plan in advance, there is no downside to advance planning for print jobs. And, lucky for you, the printer…

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The 8 Biggest Headaches for & by Graphic Designers

Headache-makers! We all wish 100% of our projects could go easy and make us happy 100% of the time, but that doesn’t happen. Are you walking away frustrated from print projects? You could be creating design expectations that could not have been met. Designing for print can produce some pretty big headaches. Read on for the most common causes; all…

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Why Resolution & File Formats Matter

Image Resolution and file size Resolution is worth mentioning because it causes so many problems in the prepress department. Any image you want to print must be a minimum of 300 DPI at 100% of its actual size. If you pull an image off a website, and it is 4 in. x 4 in. and 72…

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Choosing Logo Colors That Work for Web and Print

If you’re a designer who works in the digital space, you know how to use logos on the screen. But how do you specify a logo color for print when it only exists in RGB? With a little bit of upfront work, you can completely bypass this problem. For instance, the way you perceive color…

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Designing Business Cards

The second most common item designers are asked to create is business cards. And with tools like Adobe InDesign at their fingertips, oftentimes, success on smaller projects like a business card may encourage someone to pursue an education and career in graphic design. Although business cards are small, they have a big impact and can be…

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Logo Design for Print

If you are creative, are good with color, excel at drawing, love fonts, or exhibit other characteristics of a graphic designer (funky glasses anyone?), friends, relatives, and neighbors will very likely ask you to design a logo for their business. Ironically, the single most complex, vital, long-lasting business necessity is what many small businesses spend the…