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In Observance of Memorial Day 2015

Memorial Day means a lot of things to many people. To schoolchildren, it’s the calling card of summer. For adults, it’s an excellent excuse to fire up the barbeque for the first time this year. It’s just an extra day off to others. Today wasn’t set aside for any of those things, though. Memorial Day is […]

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Getting Started with Flower Photography

Flowers are among the first subjects that all photography lovers explore. Flowers are static, despite the occasional movement by a breeze. They are beautiful, diverse, and they are available for you to take photos anytime you want to. Therefore, flower photography is one of the best ways to learn about your lenses and filters, lighting, […]


Object Styles in Adobe InDesign

If you work in Adobe InDesign for document layout, you are probably familiar with paragraph and character styles and how they can help your graphic design work. They allow you to to quickly format text and tie the selected text to that style. What if you find yourself adding the same elements to multiple objects? Object […]


Unique Wedding Favor Packaging Ideas That Will Wow Your Guests

If you’re getting ready to tie the knot, or you’re a graphic designer who creates a lot of wedding stationery, and you’re looking for a unique way to package and present wedding favors then check out the following ideas to get inspired. Wedding Favor Inspiration Champagne Bottles What could be more fitting than a bottle of bubbly to toast […]


Brighten Up Your Summer Signage with These 4 Ideas

Summer is just around the corner, and that means you have so many more options for outdoor signage. It also means that your signage will be competing not only with that of other businesses, it will be up against intense sunlight, blooming flowers, green trees and shrubs, and even shoppers dressed in colorful summer clothing. […]

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Customer Spotlight: Invitatious Design

About Invitatious Design Sarah Cadwallader knew early on that she wanted to design all the paper products for her wedding herself. In the process of creating her own unique and personalized wedding stationery, she discovered that she had a passion for it. After getting many compliments about her wedding suite, she decided to open Invitatious Design so she could follow her […]

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Photography Inspiration – Esprit Confus

I love today’s photography inspiration. Take a look at the works of Charlotte Grimm, a 21-year-old from the north of Germany. Calling herself a “dreadheaded catloving artaddict,” she made her way to photography by way of painting and drawing, and got hooked on the magic of freezing moments in time. These images have an occultish and primal feeling […]

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Ask a Smartpress.com Expert: Large Format Image Resolution

I was looking at your site, and I’d like to print a large canvas print. I don’t have a 300 DPI file, but I understand there is a little leeway in the quality of the photo for large format. What’s the minimum resolution I should have for a large format project like this?  – DPI Deficient […]

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How to Take High-End Product Photography

Nothing is more alluring to a potential buyer than seeing a high-end product photo showing illuminated details, superb clarity, and rich colors. Look through any fashion magazine, and you will find this type of photo advertising everything from jewelry to perfume to vodka and more.  High-end product photography relies on sophisticated lighting to give the product that […]

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Catalog Layout: Design Tips and Tricks

If you are new to designing catalogs, the task of a multi-page document can seem daunting at first. Rest assured, InDesign has some great tools to make this job easier. It is worth the time investment up front to learn about some time saving measures. It’s guaranteed that these tips will be something that you […]

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