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How Offset Printing Works Infographic

Posted Monday, February 10th, 2014 by .

How Offset Printing Works Infographic Lead In Graphic

Ever wonder how your favorite magazine is made and how so many are mass produced? We have all heard the term “offset printing,” but do you actually know what goes into that particular printing process? Find out more about how so many publications are produced before they get into your hands. Continue reading “How Offset Printing Works Infographic” »

Letterpress: The Forerunner of Modern Printing & Its Recent Revival

Posted Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by .

If you spend any time at all in the art, design or technology worlds, chances are at some point you have heard the term “letterpress” used and didn’t understand what it meant. You might not have known that it is actually the oldest form of printing. According to The Happy Dragons’ Press, letterpress is when “ink is applied to the surface of metal type (which has a raised surface with a reverse image, like a rubber stamp) and the type is pressed against paper to make an ‘impression’.” This slight indentation where the type pressed against the paper, coupled with a thick layer of ink, should give the finished piece a noticeably tactile quality.

Letterpress Printing Tools
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Office Hacks To Organize Your Life

Posted Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 by .

One of the best things about the Internet is discovering things other people do to make life easier. According to Wikipedia, “Life hacking refers to … anything that solves an everyday problem of a person in a clever or non-obvious way.” We’re most excited about how to make things run more smoothly around the office.

Keep Cords Organized

Office Hack Organize Cords with Binder Clips
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Keeping Resolutions with Printable Lists

Posted Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 by .

A new year is here with the opportunity to make a fresh start. Did you resolve to stay hydrated? Save money? Organize the house? Get your taxes done early? Track your progress and stay organized with these printable lists.

Master To-Do List

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You Can’t Kill Off an Entire Forest

Posted Wednesday, December 25th, 2013 by .

Since our society is increasingly finding ways to be sustainable, the moment we waste, we worry. Wasteful worry happens with the simplest of daily activities. Teachers, students, and business associates alike spend a good portion of time at the printer. The moment the printer begins, we wait for someone to comment. As soon as we print out more sheets of paper than we are comfortable with, we feel the need to placate the situation. A typical phrase is, “I didn’t mean to kill off an entire forest!”

A Forest of Paper

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The Currency Printing Process [Infographic]

Posted Friday, December 20th, 2013 by .

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Printing U.S. currency is an interesting process. Every part of a single bill is made up of specific inks, paper, and symbols that give it a beautiful and intricate look. This level of detail also makes it difficult to counterfeit. Learn more about the money printing process and how it began by viewing the following infographic.

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The Chemistry of Color

Posted Monday, October 28th, 2013 by .

Chemistry of ColorHave you ever wondered where color comes from? In items like cosmetics, textiles, paints and medicine, there is a complex chemistry that makes up the colorants we use in almost everything. From the consistency of printing ink to dyes derived from natural resources, tap into your inner scientist and learn just how the colorful world around us is made possible. Continue reading “The Chemistry of Color” »

5 Ways to Save Time in Photoshop

Posted Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 by .

Photoshop Time

Adobe Photoshop is an incredible application that has branched out from its initial photo-editing beginnings to be a full-fledged design tool for many users. Still, it can be a big challenge for new users to create great designs quickly, and you may often find yourself doing repetitive tasks over and over. Wouldn’t it be great if you could save yourself a bit of time and create better photos and designs at the same time? These 5 tips can help.

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Dress Up Your Documents with Better Fonts

Posted Thursday, August 1st, 2013 by .

Fonts

There is a long-standing joke among designers that Comic Sans is the most overused and misused font among Windows users, and is often a default choice when inexperienced users are looking to make a document or flyer a little more “fun”. If you are looking to dress up your documents, letterhead, presentations, flyers, and other creative projects, you don’t just have to settle for the fonts currently installed on your system, and you certainly don’t have to fall prey to the lure of Comic Sans! There are a number of great websites devoted to helping you find great fonts from talented designers. Some are free, and some have a cost, but most of them are a better option than the system fonts available on Windows and Mac computers.

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Fun Lesson Plans: Teach Children About Art & Printing With Glowing Ink

Posted Monday, June 17th, 2013 by .

Teachers and parents can turn this fun project into an educational activity.

Glow SticksNow that we have officially entered the summer season and many kids are out of school on vacation, parents and teachers all across the country are looking for fun ways that they can keep kids active with stimulating activities, while also keeping them entertained during the long summer afternoons.

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