When you are looking for graphics on line, you need to be very careful that what you are picking up is free to use. It may have a copyright symbol like the one on the left or a watermark like the one on the image below to indicate that it is not free to use… Continue reading Copyright
As a general rule, if you are bringing something to the print shop, it’s better to bring the electronic file than a printed copy. There are exceptions, but this is generally the case. Most text programs give you the choice to save your work as a PDF file. PDF stands for Portable Document Format. Essentially… Continue reading Electronic File?
So paper is just paper, right? Well, the answer is yes – and no. We’ve already talked about weights and colors. Today we’ll look at different finishes. But first, lets look at the process. Paper starts as a slurry of cellulose fibers and water. This slurry is drained through a sieve-like screen to create a mat of… Continue reading Paper Finishes
This is a photo of our east window. You will note that it says: Design Copy Print These are some of the services we offer. Today I would like to focus on the Design part of our work. When I got to thinking about it, I wondered just how to explain graphic design to someone… Continue reading Design
Constant noise, even music, can become tiring. You eventually need a little silence. In music that’s called a rest. Even a short rest gives your ears a moment to define what you’ve heard. In printing, we call it white space. We’ve all seen ads that were so full of pictures and text that it… Continue reading White Space
Paper comes in many types and sizes, but your local print shop only uses a few of them on a regular basis. In our business, paper is referred to as “media”. We use the terms “text” and “cover” to indicate papers of different thickness and weight. “Text” weight is the kind you would use for… Continue reading Paper 101
“Oh, dear! We have 200 invitations to send to this wedding, and my handwriting is no longer readable. With the onset of my arthritis, just the idea of handwriting 200 envelopes is painful.” Don’t panic. The print shop can help. They can set up a “mail merge” to address your envelopes. What the printer… Continue reading Mail Merge