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The Way I See It
 

The Train Ride

I read a story about a boy that took a train trip with his family to visit his grandma every day.

One day, he asked his parents, “Can I ride the train to grandma’s alone?” After a brief discussion, his parents agreed. The next day as the boy got on the train alone, his father tucked a note in his pocket and said, “If you ever feel insecure or need help, this is for you.”

At first, the boy was enjoying his freedom and was admiring the landscape out the window. But he quickly became more uneasy with every minute that passed. He looked around at the strangers on the train and became sad and scared, and then remembered the note that his father had given him. He opened the note, which said, “Son, I’m in the next train car.”

Here’s the way I see it: There are two gifts we should give our children. One is roots, and the other is wings.

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4 Illustrator Hacks You Didn't Know You Needed
EASY-PEASY DESIGN TRICKS

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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To Open or Not to Open In a New Tab
THE SAME TAB OR A NEW TAB?

Whether or not you prefer links to open in a new tab or the same tab, the final decision should be based on user experience or how a reader interacts with your site.

When links are changed to open in new tabs or windows, it can cause information clutter, which requires more effort to manage. In addition, many users may become disoriented and may not realize that a new tab has opened.

One common exception is when using links that take users to a different website. In this case, it often makes sense to open links to a new tab or a new window. When choosing to direct links to a new tab or window, you may consider including the words “opens in new tab” as part of the link. You can also provide an icon that shows the link will open in a new window.

If users want to open links in a new tab manually, it is very easy: Simply hold down the ctrl/cmd button when you click a link, and it will open in a new tab. They can also right-click and choose to open in a new tab (or window). Or, on mobile/touch screen devices, users can long-press a link and choose to open it in a new tab.

If you’re looking for best practice suggestions for your next important printing project, we’re here to help! Give us a call or stop by today.

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Uncommon Product
Pyramid Table Tents
ENSURE YOUR MESSAGING GETS NOTICED

When most people think about table tents, they think of the traditional A-frame design. If you’re looking for a unique way to stand apart from the competition and ensure your messaging gets noticed, you may want to consider pyramid table tents!

You only have one chance to make a first impression, and pyramid table tents can help make sure that it’s a great one. Not only does the unique 3D shape of pyramid tents grab attention, but they also offer additional space for advertisements and messaging.

While pyramid table tents already have a unique look, you can enhance them with custom die cutting or creative finishing touches, such as foil stamping, embossing, or metallic inks.

Table tents can be used in a wide variety of ways, such as point of sale displays, tradeshow displays, corporate messaging, and promotional marketing at banks, salons, hotels, coffee shops, gyms, restaurants, bars, and much more!

If you’d like help creating the perfect pyramid table tent to help you spread the word, our creative team is here to help! And remember, other printers may be nearby, but nobody comes close.

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Enhanced Protection in Chrome
INCREASE SAFETY ON THE WEB AGAINST DANGEROUS DOWNLOADS AND WEBSITES

If you are a Google Chrome user, did you know that you can easily turn on Chrome’s “enhanced protection” security feature, which increases safety on the web against dangerous downloads and websites?

Chrome’s enhanced protection offers faster, proactive protection against dangerous websites and downloads. It also helps you choose safer extensions before installing them on your device and automatically warns about password breaches. If Safe Browsing can’t confirm that a download is safe, Chrome warns you that the file may be dangerous, and you have the option to send the file to Google to be scanned.

In comparison, Chrome’s “standard protection” offers warnings about potential risk sites, extensions, and downloads. You may also choose if you’d like to receive warnings if passwords are exposed in a data breach.

Google Chrome Enhanced Protection is available on desktop computers, as well as Android and iOS phones and tablets.

  • To enable Chrome’s enhanced protection on a PC or Android device, open a Chrome browser, click the three dots in the upper right corner, click Settings > Privacy and Security, and choose Security.

  • To enable it on an iOS device, go to More > Settings and then tap Sync and Google Services. Enable Safe Browsing and then select Done.

If you are looking for a printer you can trust to handle highly confidential documents, look no further. We provide secure printing for all types of confidential and sensitive materials. Remember, other printers may be nearby, but nobody comes close.

 

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