Community Printing Service October 3, 2017


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The Way I See It

The Story of a Chicken

One day, a meat counter clerk who had an amazing day clearing out his inventory proudly flipped his last chicken on a scale and weighed it. “That will be $7,” he told the customer. “Hmmm…” the customer hesitated. “That really is a little too small. Do you have anything larger?” the customer asked. Hesitating, but thinking fast, the clerk returned the chicken to the refrigerator, paused a moment, then took the same one out again. “This one,” he said faintly, “will be $8.” The woman paused for a moment, then said with a big smile, “I’ll take both of them!”

Here’s the way I see it: As Bo Bennett once said, “For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth.” If you’re looking for a printer who will give it to you straight every time, give us a call today.



Idea of the Week
4 Illustrator Hacks You Didn't Know You Needed

Whether you've been using Adobe Illustrator for years or are just getting started with it, you might not know about these often overlooked functions that can help take hours off of any given project.

Check out these four Adobe Illustrator hacks to make your next project a breeze, while allowing you to still get that good spot for your five o'clock exercise class.

Copy & Paste & Paste & Paste & Paste & Paste & Paste

Let's say you've created a selection that you want to paste repeatedly in multiple areas of your project. Yes, we all know about > Command-C and > Command-V...But really, how fun is it to keep scrolling back to the same content to copy.... and then scrolling back to your new spot to paste? Pretty much less fun than visiting the emergency room after showing your co-workers your side plank on top of that exercise ball you use as your desk chair.

Next time you want to copy and paste the same content repeatedly, choose Select > Save Selection. Name your selection something clever so that you can reselect it at any time from the Select Menu, and conveniently paste that selection into as many parts of your project as you need to, without losing your data.

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Erasing In A Straight Line

Your newest project involves some majestic free-form design work. It's got some rough edges, though, and your scheme requires some clean lines. You're ready to start erasing using the free-form eraser tool, but quickly realize you forgot your morning triple shot cappuccino and you've got the shakes.

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Before you reach for that can (or cup) of liquid fuel, here's an option that won't jar your nervous system. You can easily erase in a straight line in Illustrator by pressing and holding the Shift Key before you start dragging with the eraser. Problem solved.

Creating Color Harmonies

You may not be able to create harmony amongst your family or rival sports fans, but you can do your part to promote world harmony through your designs. Check out this little hack to make them think you spent an entire afternoon contemplating complimentary hues.

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To create an instant color harmony based on a single color, choose color harmonies from the Color Guide Panel. What may have taken hours before, you can now accomplish in 37 seconds.

Converting Text to Outlines

If you've been in the business long enough, you've likely run into this situation: you've just finished your design work and sent it off at 4:50 p.m. At 5:05 p.m., you get a call to let you know they don't have the font you used, but you're on your exercise mat, leg warmers on. You don't get the message until the next day and you now can't meet your deadline.

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You can easily avoid this situation in the future by converting text to outlines by right clicking the selected text and choosing Convert to Outlines for press-ready artwork. By converting text to outlines, it eliminates the need to send font files along with the Illustrator file when sharing with others. Before getting too hasty with this neat hack, though, keep in mind that converting to outlines is a one-way street. This means you'll be unable to go back to regular fonts after converting. Make sure you're working from a COPY of your document so that you can easily get the original text back if necessary.

Save yourself some time and frustration - don't work harder, work smarter with these easy-peasy design tricks.



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Marketing Tip
Present Like a Pro


Larry Hagner once said, “The best speakers in the world are the best story tellers.” Here are a few ways to organize your presentation to ensure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening:

  • Start strong and captivate your audience in the first few seconds. The beginning of your presentation is crucial – start by entertaining them. For example, tell a story that leads to a cliffhanger… then use your conclusion of your presentation to reveal the ending.

  • Establish credibility. If you were introduced, don’t repeat your bio, rather find creative ways to mix your background experience into your introduction.

  • Remember the 10-20-30 slideshow rule from Guy Kawasaki (from Apple). Limit your presentation to 10 slides, 20 minutes, and use a font size of at least 30 point.

  • Engage your audience and try to make it a conversation, and less of a presentation. Strive to have a couple of points where you interact with the audience and ask questions.

  • Use your voice and body language. Vary the speed, pitch, and volume when talking, and make your gestures open and confident, and move naturally in the space you’re given.

  • Smile and make eye contact with your audience to help build rapport. It also helps you to feel less nervous because you are talking to individuals, not to a great mass of unknown people.

  • Offer hand-outs that highlight key points and helpful resources you discussed. Also, include your contact information for future inquiries.

If you’d like help designing the perfect handouts for your next presentation, or promotions materials to promote the event, we’d love to help. Visit us online or give us a call today!



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Uncommon Product
Event Tents


Event schedule table tents are an excellent way to spread the word about various happenings at industry events, such as conferences and trade shows. For example, trade shows may offer an expo timeline, different speaker tracks, meals, social events, and much more.

Event tents are a convenient way to keep everyone informed and also encourage social collaboration visiting with other attendees about upcoming events.

Table tents can easily be displayed on counter tops, social gathering areas, bar tables, registration areas, presentation conference rooms, and much more. When placed in hard to miss locations, table tents are sure to get noticed and read. And, because event tents are so affordable, they can easily be changed daily to keep up with busy schedules and keep your messaging fresh.

If you’d like help creating the perfect table tent for your upcoming event, give us a call today!



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Tech Tip
Solar Charging Tips


Solar charging can be a great solution for powering your cell phones and other mobile devices when on the go. The angle of the panel toward the sun, cloud cover, and time of year all affect the quality of the sunlight that reaches the panel. Here are a few tips to maximize your charge:

  • Bright sunlight at a 90-degree angle to the panel will convert the most light into electricity and charge devices the quickest.

  • Keep your phone cool and in the shade. If your phone is in the direct sunlight, it can overheat and be difficult to charge.

  • Windows may affect your charge. For example, energy efficient windows block sunlight.

  • Charge when the sun is strong for best results. Heavy cloud overcast may not provide enough sunlight to create a strong charge.

  • Avoid moving around when charging. If your screen turns on and off again, it could drain your battery quickly.

  • Check the wattage rating to see which devices you can effectively charge. For example, a small handheld charger may not be powerful enough to charge a laptop.

If you need help ensuring print materials are powering at full strength, our creative team is here to help! Give us a call today.



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