Auto Numbering and Variable Data

Variable Data vs. Auto Numbering – Tips, Tricks and Examples

The terms "variable data" and "auto numbering" may sound like they are same thing. They are similar in the fact that variable data and auto numbering allow for customization on each individual printed piece. Technically, auto numbering is a form of variable data because each piece has a unique … Read More

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Stand Out from the Crowd with a Printed Booklet Portfolio or Resume

With such tough competition in the marketplace, everyone is looking for the most streamlined and inspirational ways of presenting information to clients, customers, and potential employers. Thinking of innovative ways to present a portfolio or resume helps to set you apart from the crowd. In … Read More

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Adobe InDesign Auto Numbering on Tickets

Today we will be talking about Auto Numbering for event collateral. The tips and tricks that we will be discussing are for ticket printing and booklet printing. These same principles will apply to other printed pieces that you might need at your event. This tutorial assumes that you know the graphic … Read More

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Graphic Design Inspiration – Vintage Alice

I’ve always loved Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.” I think I’ve always liked the type of imagery associated with it, too: Colorful, strange and, well, wonderfilled. When I came across these illustrations at Brain Pickings, I thought they’d be perfect as a design inspiration post. These … Read More

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Top New Features of CC 2014 Adobe Illustrator, InDesign & Photoshop

We are big fans of Adobe around here. In particular, Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. These are the three main programs that we and our customers use to put together design files for digital printing projects. Naturally, when there are changes to Adobe programs, we sit up and pay … Read More

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Tips for Setting Up Your Custom 1-Sided Window Cling Print File

Custom window clings are a popular and practical option for POP displays. POPs, or point of purchases, are perfect for permanent signage, short term temporary advertisements or other occasions for windows. They can be used for decoration to add visual interest to windows as well. The advantage with … Read More

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Graphic Design Inspiration – World Cup 2014 Posters

Today’s graphic design inspiration comes from the world of sports. Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you probably know that the World Cup 2014 is taking place in Brazil right now. With 32 countries competing for the cup in a series of matches that will last well into July, there’s no … Read More

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Content Aware – A Powerful Adobe Photoshop Tool

We don't need to spend a lot of time going over reasons why the Content Aware tool is so powerful, I will let the images speak for themselves. I guarantee this will save you time from the typical clone stamp. You may find that you spend a lot of time clone stamping things out of your photos and … Read More

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Graphic Design Inspiration – Found in Translation

If you’ve ever even taken a quick look at my author bio, you would see that I am a lover of words and imagery. I love writing, including all of the writing I do for the Smartpress.com blog. Additionally, I love to snap pics, edit photos and create designs. When I spotted the subject of this post, I … Read More

Symbols in Illustrator

Create and Use the Symbol Tool in Adobe Illustrator

What are Symbols? Symbols are vector art that can be created and reused in your Illustrator file. If you create a symbol, you can add instances of that symbol over and over again. Each symbol instance is linked to the symbol in the Symbol Library. Reusing symbols can save time and keep the file … Read More