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Photoshop Tutorials

Photoshop Tutorials

Skin Tone Correction
Background Blurring
Color Cast Correction
Hollywood Eyes
Image Reflections

Printing Resources

Printing Resources

Art Preparation

Camera Ready Art
Creating PDF Files
PDF Advantages
Typography Tips
Vector Artwork

Color Accuracy

Color Accuracy
Monitor Color
Color Spaces
Ink Colors

Printing and Paper

Printing Papers
Paper Coatings
Folding Types
Foil & Embossing

Specs & Templates

Envelope Sizes & Specs
Postcard Sizes & Postage
Paper Sizes
Glossary of Terms

Design Tips

Design Tips

Logo Design Tips
Direct Mail Design
Business Card Design
Catalog & Booklet Design
Flyer Design  
Postcard Design

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Printing Resources
Graphic Design for Commercial Printing

Whether you are a print buyer, a graphic design student, or even a seasoned industry professional, you are sure to find many topics within the resources section useful.

The fields of graphic design and commercial printing may not be rocket science, but there are many important concepts are that are somewhat complicated.

Failing to understand and apply basic principles can cause an attractive design to print with an unexpected result.

Art Preparation
Preparing Camera Ready Art & PDF's, Typography, Vector Art

graphic design preparations

Camera Ready Art – step-by-step procedure to make a camera-ready art file
Creating PDF Files – how to make a PDF file with crop marks and bleeds
PDF Advantages – why PDF's are preferred by commercial printers
Typography Tips – proper font usage and tips
Vector Artwork – vector file advantages and corporate logos

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Color Accuracy in Commercial Printing
Fundamentals of Color in Commercial Printing

Color Accuracy – basics of achieving predictable color
Monitor Color – can you trust your monitor's color accuracy?
Color Spaces – CMYK color space vs. RGB and color gamma
Ink Colors – solid vs. process pantone ink colors explained

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Printing and Paper
Printing Papers, Coatings, Folding, Embossing & Foil Stamping

Printing Papers – thicknesses and types of printing papers
Paper Coatings – types of coating used in commercial printing
Folding Types – brochures and paper folding options
Foil & Embossing – blind embossing, foil stamping and foil embossing

paper sizes

Specifications & Templates
Standard Envelope Sizes, Postcard Specs and Printing Templates

Envelope Sizes & Specs – standard envelope sizes and measurements
Postcard Sizes & Postage – postcard sizes and USPS postage rates
Paper Sizes – common printing form measurements & no-waste sizes
Templates – artwork templates for common printing projects

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Graphic Design & Printing Dictionary

Glossary of Terms – definitions of printing & graphic design terms explained in everyday layman's language

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