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Archive for February, 2011

F&G’s: A Proofing Tool to Help You and Your Printer Minimize Errors on Press

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Whether you’re working with hardcover book printers or soft cover (perfect bound) book printers (custom book printing) to produce your next title, consider requesting an “F&G” to check your book prior to binding. (more…)

Custom Screen Printing Services Offer an Alternative to Offset and Inkjet

Friday, February 25th, 2011

You may think that screen printing is only appropriate for two-color printing on binders and hats. Well that’s no longer true. Color screen printing companies (screen printing) now offer a myriad of options that rival offset. And the ink is thick and vibrant. (more…)

InDesign Software Tips for Books, Magazines, Brochures, Catalogs, Digital Poster Printing…

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Whether you’re preparing InDesign files for a book printing job, a catalog printing job, or your digital poster printer (book printing, catalog printing, digital poster printing), here are some tips for catching errors prior to sending your job to press. These tricks with InDesign should save you both time and money. (more…)

Die Cuts, Embossing, and Paper Textures Make Your Invitations Stand Out (Part #2)

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Here are a few more unique things you can do with paper and finishing techniques when you’re designing an invitation: (more…)

Die Cuts, Embossing, and Paper Textures Make Your Invitations Stand Out (Part #1)

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

As as extension of the last PIE Blog entry on my invitations project, I want to suggest some unique things you can do with paper and finishing techniques when you’re designing an invitation: (more…)

Cultivate Your Suppliers: Networking for the Print Buyer

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

In addition to writing about printing, I also broker printing, and I have a new client I want to impress at a meeting on Thursday. She is the marketing manager for a famous, well-circulated, local magazine, responsible for events (large-format), and marketing collateral. Her request, when we first spoke, was for sample invitations (postcards, rack and door hangers). Her magazine had produced numerous invitations in the past, mostly short-run digital work, but she wanted something different. (more…)


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