29 colorful calendar samples

Here's an interesting article and excerpt by Uprinting blog. To read entire article, go to their blog site.

Since the new year is coming in a few months, I thought of showcasing calendars you can use as inspiration. The calendars featured in today’s post come in bold and bright colors which give off a very happy and positive feel —perfect to start the new year.

You can either mix the designers’ signature style with your own or combine different styles from the examples below to come up with creatively unique prints.

Colorful Calendar Samples - Calendar 2008

Colorful Calendar Samples - 2008 Calendar

Colorful Calendar Samples - iHow Calendar

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Is Your Artwork Ready For Print?

Here's an interesting article and excerpt by echo enduring blog. To read entire article, go to their blog site.

Proper Resolution

When you’re designing for web, your images are usually 72 dpi (Dots Per Inch), which is standard for screen resolution. For most print projects, you’re going to need more than 4 times that resolution: 300 dpi. If you try and print your files at 72 dpi you will end up with blurry, fuzzy pictures, and you want the highest quality for your clients, right?

Bleed, Trim and Safety Lines

Whenever I’m setting up a file for print, the first thing I do is create three important areas on the document:

Bleed: Whenever your artwork extends to the edge of a document, you must set up a bleed area so that when your work is being printed it doesn’t get cut-off irregularly at the edges and leave ugly white lines.

Trim: The trim line is simply the line that shows where your document is going to be cut, and is usually 1/8″ after the bleed. So if your page is going to be 8.5 x 11″ when it’s done, the trim line would make an 8.5 x 11″ box inside your document.

Safety: The safety line is an additional 1/8″ inside the trim line. All of your artwork and text should be inside this box to ensure that it is not cut-off when the page is cut.

Trim, Bleed and Safety

RGB, CMYK, 100K Black & Rich Black

As a print designer, your work must be created in CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) format. This is because most printers have Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black inks that they use to reproduce your artwork. If you convert a vivid RGB image to CMYK you can see that a lot of the colours become muted and washed out. CMYK doesn’t quite have the same reach in the colour spectrum as RGB.

Print Formats & Fonts

I have yet to come across a printer that doesn’t accept PDF files (vector and raster). That being said, you should be sensitive to the needs of your printer.

Building a good working relationship with your printer is important (especially if they are local). They might not have the same fonts that you do on their machines. Whenever possible, you should create outlines of your text or embed fonts (packaging the fonts with the files also works, make sure you have proper permissions). Not following this step might lead into possible delays or the issue might get missed altogether. Article Continued...

Advantages of a Handmade Card Business Part 8: Card & Gift in one

People are willing to pay more money for a card that is both a gift and a card combined. There are many handmade cards on the market today that have removable gifts, such as pins, tea bags, charms and even condoms!

Because of this card-and-gift-in-one idea, more people are paying attention to handmade cards as gift items. A "gift" card can save time and can easily be tossed in the mail with a short note. Whenever I receive cards like these, I am always touched by their beauty and I am reminded of the kindness of the sender. Also, I rarely throw away hand-crafted cards, as I would a commercial card.

See Other Advantages of a Handmade Card Business:

Handmade Card Business Part 1: Financial Investment

Handmade Card Business Part 2: You Change Designs Quickly

Handmade Card Business Part 3: Financial Investment

Handmade Card Business Part 4: More Designs & High Quality

Handmade Card Business Part 5: Higher Retail Price

Handmade Card Business Part 6: Homebased

Handmade Card Business Part 7: Easier for Beginners

Handmade Card Business Part 8: Card & Gift in one

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