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A beginners guide to getting your documents professionally printed

A beginners guide to getting your documents professionally printed

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Blog

 Have you ever created a document that you’d like to get professionally printed, but not known how to go about it?  Maybe you’ve always printed your company newsletter on your desktop printer but love the idea of having it printed on thicker paper stock and coated with a touchy-feely velvet lamination to grab your customers attention? Here is my quick run-down on printing basics to help you on your way. (I’m keeping this list short and sweet because there are so many print options out there. If you want spot varnishes, fancy folds or die-cuts, you’re best off employing a professional graphic designer.)   Document creation Firstly, it’s worth noting that not all software is set up for professional printing. Microsoft Word, Publisher or PowerPoint documents may print out ok on your desktop printer, but they’re not really compatible for commercial printing. Files created with Adobe products such as InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop are preferable.   Bleed This is not nearly as scary as it sounds! If your artwork includes a block of colour, photo or whatever that you would like to go right up to the edge of the page (with no white border) you need to include a ‘bleed’, which is where your artwork runs over the edge of the page. This is because the page is printed on a large sheet and then trimmed down to the required size. The trimming process is not always 100% accurate, so if you don’t allow for a bleed your artwork might end up with a white gap. Printers usually ask for 3mm on each edge.   Crop marks These are little lines on the edge of your print-ready artwork which indicate where you would like the page to be trimmed. You can add these on when you export your artwork to PDF.   Resolution Print files require a higher resolution (dots per inch, or dpi) than screen files. Print quality is 300dpi, whereas screens require only 72dpi. What appears on your computer screen will not necessarily look the same as what will be printed. If you print a screen-quality file it is likely to look pixelated and poor quality....

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LTL Enterprise Primary School Challenge awards

LTL Enterprise Primary School Challenge awards

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Blog

  It was a real honour to be one of the judges at the LTL Enterprise Challenge finals day at Tankersley Manor in Barnsley, South Yorkshire on Monday. Around 2,000 children from years 4, 5 and 6 across Barnsley Primary schools were involved in the challenge and 20 schools took part on the finals day. The scheme is run by the amazing team at Louder Than Life Enterprise and the contest was hosted by Ashleigh Porter-Exley, who won the BBC’s Young Apprentice in 2012, and is passionate about young people. This event is a seriously big deal! Each school was asked to produce designs for a product so that children can play music together outside. They had to come up with a name, look at their perfect customer, budgets, financial forecasts etc, just as if it was a real business. The judging groups were in 3 separate rooms, and throughout the morning the teams of school children came in to deliver their presentations to us. Every group had a different take on it, which was really interesting to see. Some came in chanting, some came with music, some came with models of their designs, but absolutely all of them came with enthusiasm! After they presented we had a few minutes to ask them some questions (like Dragons Den, but hopefully less intimidating!) and then we scored each team on different criteria. When totted up, these scores revealed our room winner. After lunch we gathered in the hall and the children have the opportunity to ask a panel of young professional business people some questions. Then came the awards ceremony! There were many different categories including: most enterprising girl, most enterprising boy, most enterprising teacher, most enterprising school, most enterprising team, the enterprise challenge awards (three trophies – one for each of the rooms of judges), the Vortex enterprise award, the Rotary of Stainborough award, the Premiere Personnel award and the LTL Enterprise Challenge winners. I has the great fortune to present one of the Enterprise Challenge awards, alongside with my friend Laura Hawkins from CopyCat Party Company, to our winners The Dramatic Drummers from Joseph Locke Primary School. As you can...

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Top ten tips to make a difference – World Kindness Day 2017

Top ten tips to make a difference – World Kindness Day 2017

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Blog

    I wrote a list “Ten ways to make a difference without really trying” a couple of years ago, which I feel compelled to share with you again especially for World Kindness Day 2017. I’m pleased to say that almost everything I wrote back then still stands, the only change being that Diabetes UK no longer collect plastic bottle tops, so I’ve updated that point. “As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person.” Paul Shane Spear I used to believe that one person couldn’t change anything and that to make a difference I’d need to join an army of like-minded people to transform the negatives of the world in to positives. That was until the kindness of others changed things for me. I was feeling a bit lost and overwhelmed by life. Lots of stuff had landed on my plate and I found that my plate simply wasn’t big enough to carry it all. But after having a little help, being offered a friendly ear, a cup of tea when things got too much, some help at home and good advice, I no longer felt that I was alone in the world. I began to think “I can do this”. And I did. Those people who reached out to be there for me helped me get my life back. To pass it on, I now try to help others whenever I can, which is why I use my graphic design and marketing skills with charities, why I give my time to the Crafty Business community and it’s also why I’m often stood at the school gates long after the kids have gone in, chatting to stressed Mums. I love to see the ripples that kindness can make as it’s passed from person to person to person making them happier. It’s a beautiful and thrilling thing. You see, you don’t need to be rich or famous to make a difference. If we all make a small effort then things will change. Not sure where to start? Here’s a list of small things that can start the ripples. In no particular...

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Gonna party like it’s my birthday!

Gonna party like it’s my birthday!

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Blog

  Hooray, hooray! Black Bee Creative is 3 years old today! So much has happened since I registered Black Bee Creative as a company and I started my quest to make the world a better place by helping positive businesses and organisations to make their voices heard and have more impact. This has changed from a job doing graphic design and illustration, to a way of life and I’m quite proud of what I’ve achieved so far. Thanks to all my friends, clients and comrades for their support along the way. I feel very lucky to be in the position that many of you who started as clients have become friends, and many friends have become clients. Long may the ripples of positivity...

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World Intellectual Property Day

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Blog

As it’s World Intellectual Property day today I thought I’d revisit a piece that I wrote that briefly sums up a workshop all about IP by the brilliant Liz Paton of Tarnished Studios at Crafty Business last October. In the workshop she clarified what IP is and gave us a series of scenarios to look at to help us get a better understanding of how it can be used and what we should look out for so we don’t fall into any IP traps! Sound good? Have a read of Do you know your IP from your elbow?...

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Active Consulting

Active Consulting

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Blog

I’m working on quite a few branding jobs at the moment, one of which is for a training company called Active Consulting. Director Nathan Akers asked me to help create a more professional, identifiable and consistent image across all of their branded material. This image is of their existing logo which I don’t think represents who they are and what they do. I have started working on their new logo, which will communicate more about the business. Once this is finalised we will move on to looking at designing business cards, letterhead, workbook cover, certificates and so much more. What this space for their updated brand!...

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