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Design and Printing Resources

Here are some tips, tricks and links to design and printing resources that you may find useful. Contact Technical Support if you have any questions or call 604.683.6991 for immediate assistance.

 

Blog Articles

How paper affects colours

The paper you choose for your print job plays a vital role in colour reproduction.

Trade Show Success – How to make the most out of your trade show

We are going to show you how to get the most from your trade show experience. Being prepared can make a big difference to the success of your show!

Ink know-how: How to subdue Reflex Blue blues?

Reflex Blue is one of the most commonly used spot colours and it is one of the most problematic inks to use on press.

Everything you need to know about envelopes!

Ordering envelopes can be confusing as there are so many styles, sizes, flaps and seams to choose from. We'll tell you everything you need to know about envelopes and give you some printing tips as well.

What is Thermography Printing?

Thermography is a cost-effective alternative to achieve a raised effect similar to engraving and embossing. This specialized printing process is widely regarded as an appealing and preferred printing method that adds prestige to any printed piece.

What is Perfect Binding?

Perfect Binding is a popular method for binding books, magazines, catalogues, directories and periodicals. Books bound this way are also called soft covers and paperbacks. The bound book has a square spine with a wraparound cover, making it attractive, and professional.

Digital Printing vs Offset Printing

What is the difference between Digital Printing and Offset Printing? How do you decide which technology is right for your print job?

 

Sites we like

Printing

10 Pre-Press Tips for Perfect Print Publishing – Smashing Magazine suggests working in RGB colour mode

The Print Guide – Technical blog with information for printers and print buyers

How Offset Printing Works – Let HowStuffWorks explain

Margie's Print Tips – Tips for Print Buyers

How does thermography work? – See how thermography is done

 

Graphic Design

Designers Toolbox – Tools and templates for printing

Adobe Color – Explore, create and share colour themes

Graphics.com – Shared resource for creative design

Layers Magazine – The how-to magazine for everything Adobe

InDesign Sercets – Adobe InDesign tips and tricks

Graphic Design Forum – Exchange ideas with fellow designers

 

Typography & Fonts

Font Squirrel – Quality free fonts licensed for commercial work

MyFonts – World's largest collection of fonts

 

Stock Photos

freeimages – Free stock photos

MorgueFile – Free images for commercial use

iStockPhoto – Royalty free stock images

 

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