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Are These 18 Presentation Folder Mistakes Costing You Money?

Are These 18 Presentation Folder Mistakes Costing You Money?

When you make one mistake while designing and printing presentation folders, you're likely actually making over 500 mistakes—because the error will show up on every folder you print. To save yourself the cost of an entirely new print job, be sure to avoid these common design mistakes and printing pitfalls to produce the best folder possible. Creating a Design 1. Using two PMS colors when one will do If your PMS design uses different tones of the same color, you'll save money by using a … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Free Custom Brochures and Business Cards

Giveaway: Free Custom Brochures and Business Cards

[Update] Congratulations to Lori H., the winner of March's free custom brochures and business cards giveaway! Company Folders is giving away 500 custom 3-panel brochures and 500 standard business cards—a $310 value that you have a chance to win for free! To enter our giveaway, simply use the widget below by March 31st, 2013. Choose more than one method of entry to multiply your chances to win! Our lucky winner will be chosen on April 1 using Random.org to guarantee fairness. This … [Read more...]

20+ Die Cut Design Ideas for Print (With Examples)

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It's easy to find inspiration in a unique color, font or logo when creating print marketing collateral–but the shape of your media is one aspect of design and branding that is often overlooked when brainstorming for ideas. Need some examples? Consider the green soda bottle in the image to the right. Any idea what brand it is? You could certainly tell if it were labeled, but there's nothing about the shape itself that tells us anything about the brand. Meanwhile, the Coca-Cola bottle is … [Read more...]

21 Tips for Working With Your Folder Printer

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For first-time buyers, the process of ordering custom presentation folders can be a bit confusing. Choosing the wrong option or neglecting a crucial design element can increase production time and cost for your folders and leave you with an inferior product. Your folder printer should be able to walk you through any aspect you're unfamiliar with, but your best bet for the perfect product is to know how to best work with your printer beforehand. Using a Template Make sure you understand … [Read more...]

What to Look for in a Folder Printer

What to Look for in a Folder Printer

When you hire a babysitter for the first time, you never choose them at random. You evaluate them on specific criteria: experience, personality, recommendations from others, and so on. It's important to take these things into account because you're trusting another person with something precious: the well-being of a child. On some level, choosing a printer for your business's presentation folders is based on a similar principle. Your company's image and reputation are of vital importance, and … [Read more...]

How to Create a Dazzling Custom Photography Portfolio

How to Create a Dazzling Custom Photography Portfolio

Looks matter in a creative field like photography because potential clients gauge your worth by how good your previous work looks. This means the design of your custom photography portfolio also has to look as good as the pictures inside, especially when you consider that the cover is a client's first look at your work. To make the best impression possible, there are a number of factors to consider in your design. Select Your Portfolio Type The design process starts with selecting the type … [Read more...]

5 Design Ideas for Window Report Covers

5 Design Ideas for Window Report Covers

Under normal circumstances, having a hole in something would ruin the product. However, a report cover window is the kind of hole that people go out of their way to include. Die-cut windows draw in readers by creating a sense of intrigue and by visually pulling the reader's attention directly to the first page of your report. They also provide you with a number of different design options to consider. Utilize Different Windows There are a variety of different window sizes and locations … [Read more...]

How to Show Off Photography or Art with Custom Binders

How to Show Off Photography or Art with Custom Binders

When you work in a creative field like photography, art or design, you need to be able to easily show off your talent to prospective clients and customers. Art presentation binders can be easily customized to fit your artistic sensibilities and allow you to present and distribute your work in an attractive, organized way. Here are just a few different ways artists can use presentation binders to get their work noticed. Decorate Binders with Art If you want clients and customers to thumb … [Read more...]

How to Make an Excellent Cover Page for a Business Report

How to Make an Excellent Cover Page for a Business Report

Without a cover page, your report is just a random assortment of papers, liable to get lost in the shuffle. A business report is your company's chance to show off its accomplishments and get people excited about new directions and opportunities; it deserves to be presented in an effective way. The best way to make your report shine is to give it a little design flair with a report cover that helps to grab the reader's attention and establish a tone. Create a stunning cover page by keeping the … [Read more...]

7 Tips for Creating Cool Report Covers

7 Tips for Creating Cool Report Covers

There's sometimes an unfair association between report covers and boring, drab, stark designs. You can have creative report covers and still maintain your professionalism, as long as you stay true to the message you're trying to deliver in your report. An interesting design will also allow you to stand out above the crowd and create a stronger brand identity. Use 4-Color Printing The 4-color printing process uses a combination of cyan, magenta, yellow and black to create a bevy of … [Read more...]