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How to Design a Pop-Up Greeting Card

Want to add an element of fun, give your greeting cards a little "pop" with diecutting from Smartpress.com. With a little diecutting and some imagination, you can create a 3-D memorable card. Pop-up greeting cards can be as simple or complex as you'd like, depending on what you'd like to create. … Read More

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Graphic Design Inspiration – Saturday Evening Post Thanksgiving

It's almost Thanksgiving, and this time of year tends to be a period of nostalgia for many. If you love Thanksgiving like I do, you've already imagined eating the meal three times, with seconds on your favorite dishes (mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, for me!). You have also perhaps thought of happy … Read More

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Layer Textures for Dramatic Effect

Using texture to change the look of photographs and other images can greatly increase their emotional impact. It can by very basic, like adding brush strokes to give the illusion of paint. It can be more abstract, like making a person’s face have the appearance of brick and mortar. But why just stop … Read More


Create Unique Pull Quotes in Adobe InDesign

Do you work on layouts where callouts or pull quotes are used? Do you usually just copy, paste and then create a new text frame? If so, this is a little redundant and there is an easier way. Getting Started Go to Preferences > Type and make sure that Drag and Drop Text Editing is "Enable  in … Read More

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Graphic Design Inspiration – Uninspiring Quotes

Today's graphic design inspiration post is decidedly ironic. Take a look at this series of uninspiring quote poster-style designs created by Scottish illustrator Linzie Hunter. Though they may be humorous "uninspiring" messages, the designs themselves are just the opposite! Take a look at Hunter's … Read More


New InDesign Features Paragraph Shading and Table Images

New features are rolled out quite frequently with Adobe InDesign CC that it is hard to keep up. There may be a couple things for your booklet printing and brochure printing that may come in handy. Paragraph Shading The first new feature is Paragraph Shading. It may not seem like earth shattering … Read More


Graphic Design Inspiration – Halloween Illustrations

That spooky Halloween holiday is creeping closer and closer! Earlier this month, I shared posts about horror movie posters and puppies dressed up in costumes. The Halloween-themed streak continues this week with this graphic design inspiration post. Take a look at these Halloween illustrations by … Read More


Create Paper Designs for Layered Diecut Shadowbox Art in Frames

It's amazing what can be done with paper and some imagination. You may have seen layered paper designs, sometimes they are placed in a shadowbox frame. Each layer of paper is spaced out, giving a very dimensional look. Paper is such a great medium to work with. Texture and dimension can … Read More


How to Create a Digital Die Cut POP Display

Add some flair to your retail environment with a digital die cut POP display. POP, or point of purchase, is a perfect way to showcase new products, or display other important information. We all know the feeling of impulse buying when we are in the checkout lane. Need a candy bar to hold you off to … Read More

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Graphic Design Inspiration – Horror Movie Poster Remakes vs. Originals

It's October! I don't know about you, but I'm getting into the spirit of the season. Hopefully, this graphic design inspiration post will help with getting you into a spooky mood, too. I recently found a post from Marcos Torres that explores horror movie posters - specifically classic horror … Read More