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The Way I See It
 

Stop Waiting

We convince ourselves that life will be better after getting married, having a baby, and then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough and think we’ll be more content when they are. After that, we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets their act together, when we get a nicer car, when we can go on a nice vacation, or when we retire.

The truth is there’s no better time to be happy than right now. So, stop waiting…

Until your car or home is paid off.
Until your kids leave the house.
Until you go back to school.
Until you finish school.
Until you lose weight.
Until you get married.
Until you have kids.
Until you retire.
Until summer.
Until spring.
Until winter.
Until fall.
Until you die.

Here’s the way I see it: Time waits for no one. There is no better time than right now to be happy.

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Idea of the Week
Four Gorgeous Color Schemes for Your Next Design
COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES

Imagine a world without color.

It’s nearly impossible to visualize. Color lights our days and alters our moods. As the first thing you notice and the last thing you forget, color is a visual cue that engages our eye and connects us with the things we love.

When you want to add zest to your next design, taking a spin on the color wheel can bring inspiration to kickstart a new concept. Here are four ways to combine color in attractive, appealing ways.

Monochromatic

Monochromatic color schemes use only one color in varying tints, tones, and shades.

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This scheme emphasizes a very specific color family (think blush, rose, fire engine red, and maroon), making it very effective for capturing the psychological impact of one hue. Monochromatic schemes can be dramatic in special settings, such as costuming a stage or making a design seem more spacious.

Monochrome color schemes have a calming effect, exuding a clean, timeless, elegant appearance.

Analagous

Because of their proximity on the color wheel, neighboring (or analogous) hues please the eye and bring harmony to the mix.

To use analogous colors, choose a primary, secondary, and tertiary combination from the same quarter of the color wheel. Or add flair by reaching just a bit outside of the compact triad and grabbing another adjoining color to bring contrast and intensity.

Complementary

Complementary colors are hues that lie directly across the color wheel from each other, and these colors complete each other in a visually satisfying way (like a lime green leaf on a ruby red strawberry).

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Coupled complementary colors exhibit natural balances, like warm and cool, neutral and dynamic, or calm and bold. When these colors are placed together, they appear more intense, sophisticated, or vibrant.

Triads

A scheme of triads uses three equidistant hues on the wheel.

Try primary combos (such as red, blue, and yellow) or secondary tones (orange, green, and purple) to create an arresting focal point in your design. Lighten or gray triad tones to create graceful or unusual combinations like fuchsia, terra cotta, and deep lichen green.

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Tetrads

Tetrads utilize four equidistant hues from the color wheel (or two sets of complementary colors) to produce an exceptional result.

In brighter versions, a lively paisley teardrop might take shape. In more subtle variations, a pastel floral quilt or a rich jewel-toned poster can bring motion and depth.

Color Outside the Lines

Color is an absolute powerhouse for print marketing, so don’t rush past the color selection process!

Climb out of your comfort zone and color outside the lines as you play with the possibilities.

 

 

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Marketing Tip
Free Image Sources
FREE IMAGE RESOURCES TO CONSIDER

While it is recommended to use original, unique images rather than generic stock photos (especially on your website, since stock images can often negatively affect your search visibility), sometimes that isn’t possible, or you need imagery for non-website uses. Here are a few free image resources to consider:

  • Unsplash features two million free high-resolution images brought to you by the world’s most generous community of photographers.

  • Burst is a free stock photo platform that is powered by Shopify. Their image library includes thousands of high-resolution, royalty-free images taken by their global community of photographers.

  • Pixabay features copyright-free images, videos, and music that are safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist - even for commercial purposes.

  • Kaboom Pics not only provides free images, but it allows you to search by color, and images also include a complementary color palette with corresponding HEX colors.

  • Gratisography offers a unique, quirky collection of high-resolution free stock images, comprised of creative pictures you won’t find anywhere else.

  • Getty Images allows you to embed free images on non-commercial websites and blogs. When you embed an image, it keeps its own frame, share buttons, and branding.

If you need help choosing the perfect images for your print marketing materials, our creative team is here to help. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Uncommon Product
Box Sleeves
A CREATIVE AND AFFORDABLE WAY TO TAILOR YOUR PRODUCT PACKAGING

Custom printed box sleeves are a creative and affordable way to tailor your product packaging.

Box sleeves offer unlimited creativity since nearly every aspect can be customized. They can be used over existing packaging as a way to grab attention or embellish your product packaging, or as a partial sleeve to draw attention to new products or customize packaging for holidays, anniversaries, or other celebrations.

Box sleeves can be designed in an endless variety of shapes, colors, and papers. They can also be customized with finishing touches, such as spot UV printing, foil stamping, embossing or debossing, as well as matte or glossy coating. Another popular option is die-cut windows, which offer a glimpse of the product without removing the sleeve. You may choose from many closure options, including peel and seal, glue, double-sided tape, or a customized label, such as a corporate anniversary seal.

If you’d like help creating the perfect box sleeve that will ensure your product demands attention, stop by or give us a call today!

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Adding a Signature in Google Docs
PERSONALIZE A GOOGLE DOCS FILE WITH YOUR SIGNATURE

If you’d like to personalize a Google Docs file with your signature, here is a quick and easy solution using Google Docs built-in drawing tools.

First, open the Google document you want to insert a signature into. Click Insert at the top menu, and then click Drawing.

A drawing canvas will pop up, with the option to add lines, arrows, shapes, text, or import an image. To add your signature, click on the dropdown for the Line tool and choose Scribble. The Scribble tool allows you to draw in freeform, including signing your name.

When you start drawing, a series of tools will appear at the top right, enabling you to change the size, color, and line weight. Once you are satisfied with your signature, click Save and Close to insert your signature into your document.

If you’d like tips that will save you save you time on your next important printing project, we’d love to help! Give us a call today.

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