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Topics: Design Print

How To Design a Magazine in InDesign (Free Template!)

Brian Coale

Let's face it, magazine design can be time-consuming and expensive. When start-up magazines first open their doors, money is tight, and keeping the budget skinny is important. Although you may not have the in-house staff to completely produce your magazine, understanding the process and being able to do some edits on your own can be a life saver. Even if you do have the in-house staff, it might be a challenge getting properly formatted files to the printer on-time and on-budget.

If this is you, and you have a Creative Cloud subscription (usually starting at about $70/mo for businesses), you can rein in expenses and creative control by building your own template. To help you with this challenge, I've put together this step by step tutorial.

How to Design a Brochure: 10 Pro Tips and Free Templates

Brian Coale

In a world where digital marketing and advertising have become increasingly popular, brochures have managed to sustain their importance as a printed marketing channel. Portable, versatile and economical, brochures are an excellent way to convey company or product information.

Topics: Design Tips

What Are the Different Kinds of Brochures?

Brian Coale

Brochures are one of the most versatile and prolific marketing media in print today, but often times when we go about creating a brochure for our product our thinking can be a bit limited. Many of us tend to jump immediately to the popular Letter Fold (Tri-Fold) format. Although this is a great format, there are many others that may just be a better fit for your message. So what are the different kinds of brochures? Let's have a look.

Topics: Design Tips Free Template Download

How to Create a Trifold Brochure in Word Online

Brian Coale

Ever need to nail something in with the flat side of a wrench? Word Online is definitely not the recommended tool for doing high-level graphic design, but sometimes we need to work with the tools (and the budget) that we have. So to help you with that, I'm going to show you how to create a trifold brochure using Microsoft's free Word Online tool. If you have the Adobe Creative Suite, I recommend you have a look at our InDesign tutorial.

Topics: Design Tips Print

5 Tips for Designing on Newsprint

Brian Coale

Newsprint is a highly-economical non-archival paper that best-known for its widespread use by news publishers, high-frequency magazines, classified publications, handbooks, phone books, textbooks, journals, guides, manuals and a variety of other common print products. Despite the recent decline in print publishers, newsprint is still widely used in many modern print applications.

Topics: Design Tips Free Template Download

How to Create a Z-Fold Brochure in Illustrator CC (Free Template)

Brian Coale

There's no doubt that the tri-fold or letter-fold brochure is one of the most popular brochure formats we see being used today, but one format that tends to get overlooked is the z-fold brochure. In this tutorial, we'll be looking at the basics of how to create a z-fold brochure in Adobe Illustrator CC. But first:

Topics: business cards

What is the History of Business Cards?

Ryan Casey

The Business Card

The cornerstone of business stationary is the business card. Where did it come from, and why does it matter?

Which Companies Buy the Most Printing (The Answer Will Surprise You!)

Rich Casey

Does Anyone Buy Print Anymore?

What's the History of Paper?

Ryan Casey

Who Invented Paper?

There are many theories as to who and when paper was invented, but the general concensus is that a Chinese gentleman named T'sai Lun was responsible, sometime around 105AD. He was rumored to have been inspired by bees weaving fibers together, which caused him to experiment on his own. Although he was not the first to create a fiberous substrate, he is credited with creating a documented meathod to the art of papermaking.

How is Paper Made?

Ryan Casey

How is Paper Made?

Paper is made in two steps:

  1. Cellulose fibers are extracted from a variety of sources and converted to pulp.
  2. Pulp is combined with water and placed on a paper making machine where it is flattened, dried, and cut into sheets and rolls.