Jen Johnson

Jen is the Brand Manager at Primo Print. She's responsible for our brand development and strategy as well executing marketing campaigns. She's an avid fan of the Carolina Panthers, craft beer, yoga, and good design.

New! Adobe Illustrator CC Print Design Templates

New! Adobe Illustrator Print Templates

Adobe Illustrator CC has been a powerful design tool for quite some time, and the folks at Adobe continue to impress me with each new update that is released. One of my favorite new features from Adobe Creative Cloud is the ability to design faster with print templates for business cards, brochures and flyers, postcards, invites, […]

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Adobe Illustrator CC has been a powerful design tool for quite some time, and the folks at Adobe continue to impress me with each new update that is released. One of my favorite new features from Adobe Creative Cloud is the ability to design faster with print templates for business cards, brochures and flyers, postcards, invites, posters, letterhead and more. In this blog, I’m going to feature some of my favorite designs currently included for free use with your Adobe CC membership. You can access these design files by opening the most current version of Adobe Illustrator CC and clicking on “Print” in the new document window.

Business Cards

This 2″ x 3.5″ “Simple Business Card” template designed by Owen Jones offers a clean design with 4 accent pattern swatches available. Various business card templates are available, but this one stood out as one of my favorites.

This 2″ x 3.5″ “Simple Business Card” template designed by Owen Jones offers a clean design with 4 accent pattern swatches available.

Flyers

This 8″ x 11.5″ “Record Player Flyer” template designed by Guuver has fully editable vector graphics as well as editable text. A variety of flyer design templates are available, but this one really impressed me.

This 8″ x 11.5″ “Record Player Flyer” template designed by Guuver has fully editable vector graphics as well as editable text.

Postcards

The “Bold Postcards Set” by Hands-On offers 4″ x 6″ postcard layouts with bleed. There are 4 available front designs and 4 available back designs to choose from. The “Bold Postcards Set” by Hands-On offers 4″ x 6″ postcard layouts with bleed.

One of the awesome features of these templates is that they come with easy-to-understand instructions and the files are already set up to meet print requirements. The fonts used in the designs can all be synced from Typekit. The files are set up in CMYK color mode, and the artwork is at 300dpi and that includes bleed. The bleed for each file varies, but you can adjust the bleed to 0.0625″ on all four sides by clicking on file > document setup > bleed. So, you just need to fill in the information you would like to have printed in the provided fields and save for printing.

Check out the above designs and all the other available free templates by opening the latest version of Adobe Illustrator CC and clicking on “Print” in the new document window.

 

 

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Announcing 3 New Painted Edge Colors

3 New Painted Edge Colors

We are excited to announce that three new Painted Edge Business Card colors are now available on our super thick 32PT uncoated stock!  Standard Red Want to make a striking first impression? The standard red painted edges add a sense of confidence and strength to your design. It’s both bold and beautiful and is sure to make a lasting impression. […]

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We are excited to announce that three new Painted Edge Business Card colors are now available on our super thick 32PT uncoated stock! 

Standard Red

Want to make a striking first impression? The standard red painted edges add a sense of confidence and strength to your design. It’s both bold and beautiful and is sure to make a lasting impression.

Pearlescent Yellow

The pearlescent yellow edge adds energy to any design. The pop of yellow makes these cards stand out. From freelancers to start-ups to corporate companies, this pearlescent yellow edge is sure to make your business cards look fresh and modern.

Pearlescent Orange

“Orange is the happiest color,” according to Frank Sinatra. We would have to agree. Adding a pearlescent orange edge to your business cards adds a sense of creativity and an overall upbeat feel.
Painted Edge Business Cards. Now Offering new exciting colors: Pearlescent Orange, Pearlescent Yellow and Flat Red.

Our painted edge business cards offer a pop of color, creating a fresh and captivating look. At this time, painted edge business cards are 2”x 3.5” with standard corners and come in quantities of 250 and 500.

Find out more information about our 32PT Uncoated Painted Edge business cards

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How to Set Up Mask Files for Printing

How to Set Up Mask Files for Printing

Products including special features like Spot UV, Raised Spot UV, Stamped Foil, Inline Foil, or White Ink all require for the feature layer to be set up as a mask file. When placing an order for a product that requires a mask file, you must include a 100%K (Black) template file along with your regular print file. […]

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Products including special features like Spot UV, Raised Spot UV, Stamped Foil, Inline Foil, or White Ink all require for the feature layer to be set up as a mask file.

When placing an order for a product that requires a mask file, you must include a 100%K (Black) template file along with your regular print file.  This mask file is used as a template to show where the feature will be printed on the product. White areas of the mask file indicate that the feature should not be printed on that area. For the best results, we recommend submitting your mask file as a vector file.

The above example shows a 100%K mask file, print file, and an image of the printed cards. These cards feature the Honey Hive logo in black stamped foil. The logo is set up in a separate mask file from the print file. This indicates to the printer that part of the cards should be printed in black stamped foil instead of ink. The placement of the logo in the center of the mask file, lets the printer know the exact location in which the stamped foil should be printed.

If you have any questions when setting up your mask file please contact our amazing customer service team. They are always happy to assist! You can also watch out tutorial walking you through the process on how to set up your mask file.

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3 Resources for Commercial Use Fonts

Commercial Use Fonts for Print

Typefaces have the power to make or break a design. From dearly beloved Helvetica to “did they really use Comic Sans?” the strength of a design and how it is perceived can weigh heavily on typography. Free fonts seem to be everywhere these days, but good free fonts can be a bit of a struggle to find. […]

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Typefaces have the power to make or break a design. From dearly beloved Helvetica to “did they really use Comic Sans?” the strength of a design and how it is perceived can weigh heavily on typography.

Free fonts seem to be everywhere these days, but good free fonts can be a bit of a struggle to find. Below are three sites that have an awesome variety of free fonts available for download. Check them out and share your go-to sites for free fonts by tweeting @Primoprint.

Creative Bloq

Creative Bloq offers a large selection of free fonts, and many of them are available to be used for personal or commercial use. Check out their list of the 50 best free fonts for designers.

Font Squirrel

What’s so awesome about Font Squirrel? They understand how hard it can be to find fonts with free commercial licenses, so they’ve handled the hard work. Font Squirrel presents free commercial use fonts in easy to use formats. Check out their wide selection here: fontsquirrel.com

Google Fonts

Google Fonts is the one stop shop for open source fonts, meaning the fonts available at fonts.google.com can be modified and/or used for commercial use. Web versions of the fonts are also available and can be added directly to your website.

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