Category Archives: Paper

Auto Generate QR Codes with Data Merge in InDesign CC 2014

  The Data Merge function in InDesign is a powerful, versatile tool for integrated marketing. We use it for variable data printing to personalize individual pieces – text and images – and, if a direct mail piece, to address and … Continue reading

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Upgrading to Adobe CC 2014 for Print – The Designer’s Not-Quite-Definitive Guide

  The Adobe suite of Creative Cloud programs continues to expand, encompassing far more than the standard prepress desktop publishing tools to which many graphic designers and printers have become accustomed. In addition to our graphic design/print trifecta of InDesign, … Continue reading

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Remembering MAD Magazine’s Al Feldstein, Print & Comedy Success Story

  The graphic design of MAD magazine covers has always been a parody itself of publications like TIME or Esquire or Cosmopolitan. Eyecatching and insightful, they poke fun at current political and cultural news with a satirical slant and the … Continue reading

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Retro Gizmo: Artifacts from the Pre-Digital PrePress Department

  Last year we featured a blogpost on an antique piece of bindery equipment still being used in our print shop. Today, we’re thinking about a few other vintage relics that have been gathering dust in the art department. The … Continue reading

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9 on Design: Websites and Blogs to Inspire You

  So many rich, inspirational, informative websites and blogs are now online that help keep us here at ImageSmith up to date. We have many favorites, and want to share a few in this post with the hope you find … Continue reading

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Acclaim or Blame, Magazine Cover Designs Show the Power of Print

If I had the time, I think I would start a blog just to feature news about dramatic, controversial, catalytic, magazine cover designs. Just in the past recent weeks, the following covers have stirred up online interest: The New York … Continue reading

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Bleeding Edge: How to Properly Create Bleed Area for Print

  We’ve written at ImageBlog before about how to create proper bleed area for your print files. Missing or insufficient bleed area and crop marks rank in the top three of prepress problems along with color separations and font issues. … Continue reading

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ImageBlog’s 2013 Print and Design Year in Review

End of the year reflection time – which means of course a Top 10 list, right? Imageblog is our online newstand of conjecture, knowledge, experience and opinion about the world of print, design, marketing, technology and sustainability. Looking back at … Continue reading

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Explore the World’s Most Expensive Printed Book: The Bay Psalm Book

  Fan of the long s? Then you should enjoy the finging the pfalmes from the most expensive book ever published. Read on for some interesting facts about this record-setting publication and how you can perufe every page: The Bay Psalm … Continue reading

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Posters: The Best of Fresh Graphic Design & Inspiration

  Printed posters are a rich resource for design and marketing inspiration. Whether promoting events, movies, music, politics, product launches, sales promotions or mainly living online as with the recent explosion of info-graphics – the common thread here is great … Continue reading

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