3 Resources for Commercial Use Fonts

Commercial Use Fonts

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.

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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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Google Customer Reviews: Why It’s Safe to Shop at Primo Print

Google Customer Reviews for Primo Print

The convenience of online shopping has caused a substantial shift from retail shopping to e-commerce over the past few years. According to a 2016 Fortune article, “consumers are now buying more things online than in stores.”

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The convenience of online shopping has caused a substantial shift from retail shopping to e-commerce over the past few years. According to a 2016 Fortune article, “consumers are now buying more things online than in stores.”

According to the poll, shoppers now make 51% of their purchases online, an uptick from the 48% percent in 2015 and 47% in 2014.

Although shopping in the online marketplace is becoming the norm, there can still be some hesitation in hitting the “Buy Now” or “Submit Order” button. At Primo Print, we take pride in offering a secure shopping experience, and we are dedicated to ensuring every product printed is high quality and exceeds your expectations.

However, programs such as the Google Customer Reviews program work to assuage any fears or doubts that customers may have when purchasing services or goods online and instills confidence that the company will provide exceptional customer service and a quality product.

We partnered with Google as one of its Google Trusted Stores in 2015. Now, called Google Customer Reviews, the program assists shoppers with identifying online merchants that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service. When visiting our website, shoppers will see a Google Customer Reviews badge displaying the current Star Ranking and can click on it to read customers reviews.

Primoprint Google Customer Reviews

How it Works

Customers who have made a purchase on primoprint.com now have the option to receive an email which requests feedback from Google about their experience they had with the store. The optional Google Customer Review is a brief questionnaire where they rate their online purchasing experience with us.

Through this program, customers can be confident that their printed product and overall experience will exceed their expectations, and that we are able to attract new customers and differentiate ourselves by showing off our excellent service via the badge on our website. With over hundreds of reviews and a 4.8/5 rating, we are sure to impress.

About Us: Since our inception in 2006, we continue our dedication to ensuring every product we print exceeds our client’s expectations.

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What is Bleed & Why do Print Files Require it?

File Bleed is required for offset printing. This blog explains why.

To bleed or not to bleed – that is the question. When it comes to print, the answer is to bleed. So what exactly is bleed, and why is it required to be included in your print files?

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To bleed or not to bleed – that is the question. When it comes to print, the answer is to bleed. So what exactly is bleed, and why is it required to be included in your print files?

Bleed is the extra area included in a print file that allows ink and finishes to be printed all the way to the edge of the printed piece. Bleeds extend further than the cut line to ensure that a white edge does not remain after the cutting process. If the incorrect amount of bleed or no bleed is included in the print file then any shift when cutting would lead to a small amount of white area remaining on the product.

All of our file setup templates include a bleed area so that you can be sure your artwork contains the correct amount of bleed. The background of your design should extend past the trim line to the edge of the file. We require all files to be submitted with bleed. The area between the red and gray lines in our templates is the bleed area. This is the area that your artwork is required to extend to.

Business Card File Template

The majority of our standard print products like business cards require a bleed of 0.0625″ on all sides. Your bleed can be larger than this just keep in mind that you may get a warning when you upload your files.  As long as the previews look good, you should be all set.

Check File Bleed with Uploader Feature

Large format products such as banners and H-stake signs do not require any bleed. If you any questions regarding bleed or the setup of your print files please contact one of our awesome customer service representatives. They will be happy to review your files.

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7 Essential Tips for Designing Business Cards

Business Card Design Tips

As a designer, I’m constantly having customers tell me that they want a card that “pops.” Some people may think that means they want a card that is a bright neon color and that jumps out at you. But I have come to understand that people, in general, want a card that stands out from […]

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As a designer, I’m constantly having customers tell me that they want a card that “pops.” Some people may think that means they want a card that is a bright neon color and that jumps out at you. But I have come to understand that people, in general, want a card that stands out from the crowd. And how you achieve that, is not always the way one might think.

If you want your business card to really “pop”, there are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind.

1. First and Most Important, Keep it Simple

The more information you have on a card, the harder it is to 1. Find what you are looking for and 2. Figure out the best way to reach you.

SEE ALSO: Details on How to Create a Business Card

2. Limit Your Phone Numbers

Phone numbers, for example, are one way to simplify your card. How do you want your customer to call you? The main office? Your receptionist? Your cell phone? Why not direct all of your calls to one place? It’s a lot easier to determine where to call when you only give them one option. And how often do you use your fax machine? If very few of your customers actually fax you something, maybe consider leaving that off too. If they need it, they’ll ask for it.

3. Your Physical Address

Do you have a business where you want people dropping in? If not, maybe it’s best to leave that off as well. At Primo Print, all of our business is done online, with companies all over the world. Very seldom do we have people who come into our physical offices. So there is no need for us to include our mailing address on our business cards. 

4. Social Media

Social media has created a whole new world for communicating with customers. Letting people know which sites you are on can be important, but consider using the sites logo icon, rather than spelling out your entire handle. These sites have made it really simple for people to type in your name and find you.

Simplified Business Card Design Comparison

5. High-Resolution Logo

Sell yourself right with a high-resolution version of your logo. I’ve seen companies that appear to cut and paste their logo from a scan and then try to use it on their cards. Unfortunately, that will not print well and doesn’t make your company look very professional. If you don’t have a high-res file, consider hiring a graphic designer to recreate it for you. Most of the time this is a simple process and will be a lot cheaper than designing a new one from scratch.

6. Smile!

If you want to use a photo on your card, I recommend hiring a professional photographer to take it. Selfies are great for Facebook, not so much for your business card. Put yourself in the best light with a nice photo, that was taken at a high resolution, by someone who knows how to make you look good!

Use Professional Photos on Business Cards

7. Check Your Fonts

There are a million “cool” fonts out there. In every style you can possibly image. When designing a business card, try to keep your fonts very basic. These are easier to read. It should compliment your logo, but not have a strong stylistic feel to them. And make sure your font is set large enough for people to read. Small type always looks better, but depending on your clientele you may need to keep it a little larger.

As with any design, the look of your business card is very personal and subjective. What I like, you may not. And what works for my business may not work for yours. So find other cards that you like and figure out what it is about those cards that make it successful. And if you need help, don’t be afraid to ask. The designers here at Primo Print would love to help you out!

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