How To: Pattern Text Fill in Adobe Illustrator and InDesign

How To: Pattern Text Fill in Adobe Illustrator and InDesign

Typography is the foundation for any great design. Without type, what message are we sending? … Read More

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Dress Up Envelopes with Custom Label Printing

Don't stop at the invitation when you need to get an event noticed. When it comes to getting people to a big event – a university’s annual gala, a key fundraiser for a non-profit organization, a hot new artist’s show opening at a hip gallery – you know that the invitation you create has to impress. … Read More

Comic Book Printing with “POW!”

Comic Book Printing with “POW!”

With Comic-Con® coming up in July in San Diego, we’re seeing a lot more comic book orders coming off the presses here. Bold, powerful colors are vitally important to comic books. If designing comic books for print is your specialty, here are some tips for making sure yours have the “pow!” they … Read More

How to Create Duotone and Tritone Images

How to Create Duotone and Tritone Images

Follow these simple steps to create eye-catching duotone and tritone images in Adobe Photoshop. … Read More

How to Create a Pillow Box

How to Create a Pillow Box

Pillow boxes are a great way to package wedding favors, products, customer thank you gifts, special treats or any number of other small items. Our digital die cutting capabilities make Smartpress.com the go-to provider for pillow boxes. … Read More

Clear Window Cling with White Ink

How to Set Up a Clear Window Cling with White Ink

Get creative by using white ink in your custom window cling designs. There aren't many limitations when designing a window cling. Clear window clings are a great example. They're unique because they're semi-transparent. Light can flow through easily instead being blocked by a design. … Read More

10 Tips for Effective Brochure Design

10 Tips for Effective Brochure Design

Brochures are one of the most popular marketing tools businesses use for promoting products and services. They’re versatile, easy to mail and affordable to produce in quantity for direct mail and trade show distribution. The most effective brochure designs have the same things in common: superior … Read More

How to Flatten a PDF for Digital Printing

How to Flatten a PDF for Digital Printing

Smartpress.com requests “flattened” digital print files when placing orders for any of our products. Whether you're creating your digital print file using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign or Photoshop, it's easy to flatten your print file once you've created the design you like. … Read More

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Create a 3-D Photo Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Have you ever worn those awesome classic blue and red 3-D glasses? If you have, you've probably taken the glasses off to get a closer look at the pictures you're supposed to view through them. When you looked at these images without the 3-D glasses, you may have noticed red and blue outlines along … Read More

How to Flatten a PDF for Digital Printing

Photo Adjustment Techniques for Custom Branding

As designers, we often work with existing branding, or help our clients create brand new custom branding. Logos, color palette, and consistent branding elements are necessary when creating a strong brand presence. After elements are created and put to good use, what happens when we want to include … Read More