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PRINT SOURCE CORPORATION PRESENTS
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PRINTING IS OUR PASSION.
WELCOME TO TEN MINUTES OF GOOD NEWS AND FUN STUFF FROM YOUR FAVORITE PRINTER!
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A Message from Wayne Steffen
The Way I See It
 

Today I feel we would all do well to remember a few words spoken by Abraham Lincoln.

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”

“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.”

“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.”

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

“There are no bad pictures; that's just how your face looks sometimes.”

“I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.”

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”

“If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?”

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”

“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all.”

Enjoy your day!

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Idea of the Week
Is a Bleed Right For Your Print Project?
OVER THE EDGE PRINT

The way you set up your print project can make all the difference in the final look and feel of your marketing piece. One of the most effective, yet simplest ways to change things up is by using a bleed in your design.

If you’re unsure what exactly a bleed is, how and when you should use it, and the potential challenges with adding a bleed to your project, keep reading. We’ll dig into the bleed concept and provide some best practices to make your print project look amazing every time.

What is a Bleed in Print?

A bleed is a printing technique where your design is printed bigger than the final product’s finished size and then cut down to size. It eliminates any unwanted white space or borders around the edge of your design.

Bleed, No Bleed

To put it another way, have you ever seen a printed marketing piece where what’s printed runs all the way to the edges, while other printed pieces may have a white border where the printing stops? That’s a bleed.

The Pros and Cons of Bleeds in Print

Now that you understand what a bleed is, there are times that you may or may not want to go in this direction.

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Here are some things to keep in mind when considering a bleed:

  • Bleeds work well if your design has a full-colored background.
  • If you have letters or images that you want to run right to the edge of your piece without the risk of being cut off, a bleed allows for that freedom.
  • A bleed can be slightly more expensive depending on the sheet size. (Remember, the image is printed larger and cut down to your desired finished size.)
  • If you’re printing a booklet or something that is going to be folded, you almost certainly want bleeds along interior borders, so it doesn’t look as though the project is unfinished. You want it to flow cleanly from one page to the next, and having the colors “meet in the middle” of the folded area is the best way to do that.
  • Bleeds are also great if you’re going to cut your project down to a smaller size, while you may want to skip the bleed if you’re creating a project with an exact border.

Understanding the Bleed Marks on Your Proof


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Once you’ve decided to use bleeds in your print job, you’ll want to understand the markings on your proof when you receive it. The trim marks are generally seen as corner line markings just inside the printed content and ensure that when your pages are trimmed, you will see the full image on the page with no white border. Fold marks are generally dashed lines indicating where you fold an 11" x 17" sheet in half, for instance.

Fortunately, using the default values within your graphic design software often provides the best option. It is still helpful to understand how bleeds, trims and folds work to create the most professional print project possible.

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Uncommon Product
QR Code Stickers
AN INSTANT CONNECTION TO MORE INFORMATION

QR code stickers are a quick and easy way to make a big impact on your marketing efforts by offering an instant connection to more information.

The options are endless when it comes to the power of QR codes. With a simple click of a smartphone camera, your brand can interact dynamically with your audience by connecting them to more in-depth information about your products, about your company, how-to videos, tips and tricks, and so much more. QR codes can also be used to boost social media followers, provide access to exclusive discounts or coupons, or encourage visitors to sign up for a contest or leave a review.

QR code stickers can be stuck to anything, ranging from in-store displays, product packaging, store receipts, direct mail campaigns, business cards, and more. They can not only provide more information while customers are looking at your product in-store, but they are also a great way to enhance the customer experience and build brand loyalty after a purchase. For example, QR codes can link customers directly to your online support, resources, and communities.

If you want to create the perfect QR code stickers for your business, let us help. And remember, other printers may be nearby, but nobody comes close.

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Tech Tip
Cropping YouTube Videos
EASILY TRIM VIDEOS IN YOUTUBE

Did you know that you can easily trim videos that you upload to YouTube (without having to re-upload the video)?

Log into YouTube Video Studio, and then select Videos from the navigation panel on the left. Click the video you would like to edit. After your video is selected, click Editor from the new navigation options on the left.

To trim the beginning or end of your video, select Trim. When a blue box appears in the editor, you can click and drag the sides to the portion of the video you’d like to keep. If you prefer, you may also manually type in specific times in the box next to the Trim button. Anything not in the box will be removed from the video. Preview your video edits and save.

You may also remove a specific section within the video. Once again, select Trim. Click in the blue box at the beginning of the section you’d like to remove, and then click Split. Drag the line to the end of the section you’d like to remove. Preview your video edits and save.If you’d like helpful tips to save time on your next printing project, give us a call or drop us an email anytime.

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