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Using Templates to Design – Print, Promo Products & Signs

  Trade show booths, converted envelopes, coffee mugs, die cut folders, POS displays, folded mailpieces… what first step do all these design projects share? In each case, you will want to ask for a template from your printer before you … Continue reading

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Print Housecleaning: Stirring Up the Digital Divide

  The turn of a new year is always time for some housecleaning here at ImageSmith. And, as usual, amid the dust, paperwork and clutter that accumulates in any production environment we always find a few surprising reminders of how … Continue reading

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EDDM – Is Every Door Direct Mail Right For You?

The USPS direct mail program called Every Door Direct Mail, begun in 2011, makes saturation mailing affordable for small businesses. Offer coupons, publicize events, send thanks, announce sales or online promotions, and discover new customers from areas you target – … Continue reading

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Hard to Hide: Disabling an Overactive Welcome Screen in Illustrator CC 2014

  When the Welcome gets worn out… With each new software upgrade, organizing your workspace and learning the new tools and interface changes can take a little time. Creative Cloud software generally launches by default a Welcome screen with helpful … Continue reading

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Designing Product Labels: Stick a Label on a Bottle with Illustrator and PhotoShop

  OUR PROJECT: design a label and show it in use on the actual product. We need to create print-ready label files AND on-product demos for proofing those labels – a very common scenario for the designer. Moreover, our goal is also … Continue reading

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What’s New in Illustrator CC 2014: Live Corners & Friendlier Pen and Pencil Tools

  Illustrator CC 2014 brings graphic designers some cool new improvements to enhance the “drawing” experience of this vector program. I’ve always loved using Illustrator, although the disconnect between the feeling of drawing on paper vs. fashioning a vector shape … 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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Use Layers to Keep Auto Page Numbers on Top in InDesign

  A frequent InDesign question from designers for our prepress department concerns how to keep Master Page page numbering on top when design elements on individual pages cover that area. By default, the Master Page items will lie below any … 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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