You’ve completed all of your Christmas shopping, you’ve decorated your house and Christmas tree … but your child reminds you of a party that you forgot about, and you might have ungrettably agreed to do the party favor. Don’t fret, here is a solution to your problem:
Simply download and customize this printable with your personalized info, then print, cut and slide a pencil or a glow-stick through the openings … done.
Wishing everyone a safe & happy holiday season …
I’ve covered some basics when selecting logo colors here, but recently I’ve encountered another blunder that would make experienced designers and production artists scratch their heads.
Continue reading A Very Simple Concept – Logo Colors
A common request is for a flier that can be edited, saved, and printed on-demand all by the client. Sometimes in this case, the only service that is needed up front is the design work.
Continue reading Editable Food
Branding is quite the complex procedure. It involves hours of brainstorming, designing, testing and proofing. One important aspect of this is color choice. Here is a little bit of info that might change the way you choose your colors.
Continue reading Choose Your Colors Wisely
Since CS3, Adobe has implemented a feature that rates right up there as one of my favorite publishing techniques. You may already “place” tifs, pdfs, etc. into an Indesign file, but did you know you can also place an Indesign file into itself?
Continue reading Place an Indesign File into an Indesign File
From time to time when printing a shadow over a solid color digitally, we will notice that it creates undesirable results. You can get anything from a thin line interrupting your art to a large white box placed exactly where your entire shadow is located. Many of the times these results are from top-of-the-line print production software. Here’s a quick trick on how to deal with this issue. Continue reading Shadows with Boxes in Digital Prints
No, it’s not a new car from Germany. Think of “vector” as a solid line/shape with no pixels or “bits”. Vector files are scalable, without loss of quality via use of a mathematical formula. One of the most common type of vector files is an .EPS (Electronic Post-Script). Vector files can be curved, straight, and any color and it is possible (although sometimes a challenge) to convert non-vector files to vector.
If you create a square in Photoshop and save it as an image file (.jpg, .tif etc.), it will be made up of dots per inch (dpi). Usually, if for print it is saved as 300 dpi. This means, that the edge of the square has little dots that the printer has to pick up. If a printer requests it to be vector, they are implying that their equipment can’t possibly pick up all those dots and need a solid shape instead. You can always think of it this way, imagine a razor blade cutting wood, vinyl, or plastic etc. via a computer. If the area it covers mimics what’s on the electronic file, and the file contains tiny little dots, the final output is going to be jagged, rough type of surface…which is bad for certain kinds of output devices.
Another great thing with vector art is file size. If you create a logo with a minimal amount of connected lines, the file size will be much less than if you created it as high resolution in Photoshop. I once had to redesign an entire 64 page magazine that consisted of over 5 CD’s worth of files. I went back over every page, re-saved logos, designs, and other parts of the ads and took the complete file size to down to 1 CD and my boss never noticed the difference. Most of the condensing, involved converting image files to vector.
Finally, vector files work superbly for different sized media. Think about it, if there aren’t any edges to your artwork, only solid lines connected to each other, then you could in theory produce any sized piece you want. A logo you designed has the potential to be blown up to the size of a football field and without the loss of quality.