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Customer Spotlight: Love and Paperie

About Love and Paperie Love and Paperie started out as an Etsy shop called Sparkle and Shine. Based in Miami, Jessica Kirchner started Sparkle and Shine because of her love for weddings and stationery: She loves to make beautiful paper pieces for a variety of events including weddings, baby shower, birthday parties and more. The name was changed to [...]

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Ask a Smartpress.com Expert: Hard Proofs for Complex Die Cuts

Hello, I would like to try out your digital laser die cutting with a complex cut. When I started to quote my order, I was prompted to purchase a hard proof. I’ve ordered from your site previously and have been very happy with results, but this hard proof thing hasn’t happened before. Is this for [...]

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Creative Valentine Photos Using DIY Bokeh Kit

Whether your subjects are kids, couples, and pets or products and fashion models, Valentine’s day photography usually has a playful theme. The sweet atmosphere is achieved with colors (pink, red) and props (heart shape) associated with the day of love. This time around, I want to challenge myself a little, do something more creative than the [...]

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Clipping Masks in Adobe Photoshop

What Are Clipping Masks Clipping masks are a great tool to hide unwanted parts of a layer. Clipping masks use the contents and transparency of a layer to determine which parts of the layer above are visible. As we know, there are multiple ways to achieve the same goal in Photoshop. Clipping masks are not to be confused with layer [...]

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How to Create a Totally Unique Save the Date

When planning your wedding, you’ll want every detail to reflect your style as a couple. Save the dates are a fun way to show off your creative flair, while letting everyone know when to mark their calendars. To help you create a memorable save the date that is totally unique check out our top tips [...]

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10 Dos and Don’ts of Sell Sheet Design & Printing

Sell sheets are great sales tools. If done well, they get information about your product or service to customers in a direct, clear way on just one page. How do you do your sell sheets well? Here are 10 ways to do it and 10 things to avoid. Do tell your customers how your product [...]

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10 Inspirational Anniversary Invitation Ideas

As you start planning your next wedding anniversary celebration, why not get creative with your anniversary invites by bringing traditional themes into your invitation design. Whether you’ve been married 5 years or 50 years, you can have fun with your anniversary announcements and invitations (or any other paper products you are planning to use for your event) [...]

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Design Inspiration – 2015 Wedding Invite Trends

Today’s graphic design inspiration post is a bit different than some of the types of posts we usually publish on Tuesdays. Instead of highlighting an artist or photographer, we’d like to highlight some wedding invitation design trends that we think will be popular for 2015 invite printing. Vintage Florals. Vintage has been a trend for [...]

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Ask a Smartpress.com Expert: Envelope Fonts & Colors

I am putting together a quote for a client’s wedding invitation suite. We plan on ordering invitation envelopes with variable addressing. I will design the envelope and upload to print. I see that I can supply a font for you to use, correct? Can I give you the CMYK color to print as well or [...]

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Use Leading Lines to Create Powerful Photograph Compositions

During my recent portrait workshop, I noticed many students were not aware of the use of leading lines in photo composition. It is one of the most effective ways to create images with strong visual interest, in both landscape photos and portraits. The idea is to add depth, or dimension to a flat image, by [...]

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