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Design a Business Card: Standard Template

Whether you are a designer or a beginner who needs a visual reference, we have templates to help you design your own print ready business card. Today we are featuring a standard 3.5″ x 2″ business card template that can be used for single or double-sided cards. We allow an exterior of 1/8″ where any elements will “bleed” off the page including background colors or textures and non-essential designs. We also include an 1/8″ interior “safety margin” that essential design and text should not extend beyond. Use the following template to see the dimensions for yourself! Standard Business Card Template [...]

July 18th, 2017|

What is a bleed, and why is it so important?

In printing, bleed is printing that goes beyond the edge of where the sheet will be trimmed. In other words, the bleed is the area that extends passed the edge of your final piece and will be trimmed off. Having a bleed gives the printer a small amount of space to account for movement of the paper, and design inconsistencies. Artwork and background colors can extend into the bleed area. After trimming, the bleed ensures that your piece will have no unprinted edges allowing background colors or secondary design elements to meet your edges flawlessly. Check out the difference a simple bleed makes in [...]

June 23rd, 2017|

Designing A Brochure: Gate Fold

So you want to design your own brochure. Great! You've already read https://buffalocopy.com/designing-brochure-start/ but that standard trifold brochure doesn't feel right for you. We've got solutions! Check out the following Gate Fold Brochure: This unique yet simple design is a three-panel print that invites customers to open two cover panels from the center point revealing a full 8.5"x11" landscape interior. Utilizing a full bleed with standard .125" safety area from the edge of the piece, the Gate Fold allows for plenty of legible real estate. Whether you need to include wide infographics in your piece or you want to entice customers and lead them through [...]

June 6th, 2017|

Designing a Brochure: Where to Start

You already know "why" from our previous blog post, found here: https://buffalocopy.com/why-a-brochure/ Now let's get into the "how" of setting up a brochure file for print. Whether you are a designer creating print ready artwork or a beginner who needs a visual reference, we have templates to help. Today we are featuring a standard 8.5"x11" double-sided brochure. We allow an exterior of 1/8" where any elements will "bleed" off of the page including background colors or textures and non-essential designs. We also include an 1/8" interior "safety margin" that essential design and text should not extend past. Use the following template [...]

May 2nd, 2017|

Here’s What You Need For a Quick Print Quote!

Going back and forth with a printer about specs is an awesome experience.  That's not true at all!  It's the worst.  So don't put yourself in that position.    Here's what you need to know to help make the quote process fast, painless, and accurate! Quantity - How many pieces to order? Ink - Color or black and white? - Single-sided or double-sided? - Bleed or no bleed? Size - Finished size? - Flat Size? - Multi-page? Stock - Matte or gloss finish? - Cover weight (heavier)? Or Text weight (lighter)? Time Schedule -In-hand delivery date? Special Requests

Finishing Work! What’s That Mean?

If you’re reading this, then you’ve likely ordered some type of print at some point in your professional career. However even for those who order print on a daily basis finishing work is often times underestimated. Simply put, once the ink is laid down, the paper has to be manipulated in some way to produce the desired outcome. Consider these finishing steps below when ordering your next piece. Cutting – If a piece is any other size than 8.5” x 11” then it likely needs to be cut. Not a long process, but it does add some production work to [...]

December 10th, 2015|