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On Fridays, I like to display samples of my products. Here is a sample card by Leanin' Tree.

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Android Apps for Artists

Article Worth Reading. Here is an excerpt. To read complete article go to original blog post at Graphicmania.

The Android marketplace offers a great range of both free and paid Android apps. But, what makes the difference? Are your existing apps proficient enough for a designer? What are you expecting from an app for Graphic Designers? If such questions are bubbling up in your mind, read on!

When you search for an Android App, it is often better to check out the user ratings and reviews so that you can reach a conclusion easily. Here are some of the best Android Apps that cater to your interests around Graphic Design and Art.

Color Pal (Free App)

Unbeatable Android Apps for Graphics Designers

Confused about choosing color palette? Color Pal is one of the best apps available in the Android market and a true color palette tool for your device. You can readily expand the palette options by selecting a specific color on the palette. Different color values like RGB, Hexadecimal and CMYK are conveniently and perfectly located below each color.


  • The color palettes can be easily saved to your favorites or you can email it to your client or friend.
  • Easy swipe through features to check out related palettes.

Photobucket Mobile (Free App)

Unbeatable Android Apps for Graphics Designers

You can take your Photobucket everywhere with your Android smartphone by accessing your Photobucket account using the Photobucket Mobile apps. It is perhaps the necessity of every Web Developer or Graphic Designer to access their accounts so that capture, download or upload photos with ease.


  • Manage Photobucket albums and can browse different categories.
  • Can copy URL links of images from your account and post on web. This Android app is completely free to download and use.

Adobe Photoshop Express (Free App)

Unbeatable Android Apps for Graphics Designers

Looking for the best photo edit app? You can toggle the exposure or contrast of your photo or you can quickly crop out the out of focus details from your photo using the Photoshop Express app. It comes with well-packed image processing functions so that you can enjoy the benefits of Photoshop from your android device. While comparing to its desktop counterpart, it showcases limited functionality but, offers basic functions of the standard Photoshop software.


  • Color-correct and touch features with just a finger touch.
  • One-touch effects Vignette and Warm vintage. Photoshop Express recharges your Android phone with specialized features. This app is completely free!

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Exhibiting at Surtex and the Stationery Show


Stationery Show Tips: The Booth

Stationery Show Tips: For First Timers

Stationery Show Tips: Behind the Scenes

Stationery Show Tips: Nuts & Bolts

Stationery Show Tips: Preparation

Experience the Stationery Show by Video

Sample Booths at the Stationery Show


On Using an ipad in your Surtex Booth

Tips from a First Time Surtex Exhibitor

Should "walkers" be on the Surtex floor?

An Artist's Thought's on Surtex: Jen Goode

An Artist's Thought's on Surtex: Jane Sarah Staffier

Doing Surtex: An Artist's Experience

See Surtex by Video

Tips on Exhibiting at Tradeshows for Art Licensing


10 Things I learned at the CHA show

How to Set Up a Tradeshow Booth

Trade Show Marketing Tips

The Future of Trade Shows

BOOKS: Tradeshows and Booth Design

How to Design a "Wow!" Trade Show Booth Without Spending a Fortune
Simple tips for your first tradeshow booth.

Tips and Tales from the Booth
Avoiding Trade Show Mistakes

Build a Better Trade Show Image
Professional recommendations for doing a tradeshow. Advice to take before you attempt one.

Greeting Card Designer Booklets on Amazon

You can support this blog by ordering e-Booklets that are a compilation of different articles on this blog starting at only .99 cents! They can be read on your kindle, ipad, ipod, cellphone, or your computer. Free samples and lending options available.


Booklet on 20 Steps to Art Licensing that is a list of suggested steps to to take for getting into art licensing. How to license your art to companies that publish greeting cards, and manufacture coffee mugs, magnets, wall hangings, kitchen items, and dozens of other gift items. This booklet covers 20 basic steps from how to prepare your art, to what companies to contact. It includes topics on: How to find agents, classes and what trade shows to attend. There are extensive resources on social media, licensing community groups, and lists of interviews with professional designers (5,200 words).


Get Your Greeting Cards Into Stores. A If you already make your own greeting cards, this book explains how to get your cards into stores and sell them sell nationwide. Included are guidelines on: how to price your cards for a profit, how to get professional feedback, where to find a sales representative and and what industry standards you should follow. All the information is also applicable to gift items, such as magnets, journals, calendars, collectibles, etc.


Booklet on 7 Mistakes Greeting Card Writers Make A list of 7 things to avoid when submitting greeting card verse to publishers.

Includes a list of card publishers and their guidelines, links to writer interviews, articles, card samples and other current resources. 20-page booklet and 2,300 words and 8 Pages of Card Samples.


Booklet on Unusual Ways To Market Greeting Cards, and 22 places to get your designs featured. A 20 page booklet on how to get your cards noticed in non-traditional ways. Everything from why you should send cards to your dentist, to how to get special features in national publications. Great tips for designers who are starting out and want to get their cards into the hands of people beyond friends and family. Special Section: Submissions guidelines and contacts for 22 Gift Industry publications and professional gift industry blogs that seek out new greeting card designs to feature for free. (5,000 Words and 17 greeting card images included)

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Art Licensing Resource: Using Vinyl Banners for Booths

Check out this article on Joan Beiriger's Art Licensing Blog. This is only an read entire article go to her blog post.

There are many ways to display art at licensing shows such as with posters and banners on the walls of a booth. View the Surtex 2010 video above to see a variety of booths and how surface designers, artists and art licensing agents display art.

Placing individual posters on the walls tend to be time intensive so more and more artists and art licensing agents are using banners to shorten the time in booth set-up. Vinyl banners rolled and placed into a shipping tube are light weight and easy to transport to a show. Note: Long paper posters can also be used. The artists that I exhibited with at the 2010 Atlanta Gift show used 2' by 5' posters printed by They were printed on Epson enhanced matte paper and were "dropped-dead gorgeous." The only draw back was that the paper curled even with weighs placed on the bottom edge of the posters. read entire article go to her blog post.