Category Archives: Print

How to Prepare Screen Captures for Print

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If you’re creating software documentation for print, or you want to show an image of a Web page in your project, you may need to include screen captures of software interface components such as menus or panels in your page layouts. Screen captures are easy to make using a system utility or dedicated screen-capture software, but they require some special handling to print clearly. When they’re part of software documentation or instructional materials, it’s important that the details are as sharply rendered as possible.

You should understand this about screen captures: Whether you take them by using your system’s built-in screen-capture functionality or a third-party screen-capture application, you are merely intercepting information that eventually becomes pixels on your monitor. Regardless of your current monitor resolution, there is a one-to-one relationship between the fixed number of pixels that an application (and your system) uses to render panels and menus and the number of pixels you see on your screen, even if you use a zoom utility. Of course, the size of the overall image you see is a function of your current monitor resolution, but the pixel dimensions of panels, menus, and tools will be identical, regardless of resolution. (Figure 1)

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Doing Your Own Giclée Prints

epson stylus pro

Doing Your Own Giclée Prints by Heather Ackley (VAD Graphic Design Alumnus)

Those of you who are focusing heavily on your art and will be doing festivals may want to consider buying your own printer rather than outsource. It’s a personal preference. There are many options out there, and even some good $300 printers. However, the Epson 3880 Stylus Pro does archival prints with archival inks, and can print up to 17×22″ or 17x___ if you get a roll. I needed extreme color accuracy and quality, so I went for the gold.

I have compiled all the info you may need to invest in this type if printer, if the time comes. I had to come to the realization that I needed to spend money to make money, and this printer has more than paid for itself in the last 9 months.

So here you go…

• The printer I have (cheapest way to get it is Amazon) …I recommend getting a Prime account if you don’t have one. You can have paper overnighted to you in a bind for $4 shipping.
• I recommend getting the dust cover. You do not want dust getting inside of it.
• The paper I use is the Epson Velvet Fine Art, in 13×19, but it is available in many sizes. I buy it from PictureLine mostly, local. But sometimes from Amazon. It’s about $6 more from PictureLine.
Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper 13"x19" (20)
• It will come with enough ink to do quite a few prints. At least a hundred or two hundred. But when one of the cartridges does run out, this is what you’ll need: (there are 9 cartridges total, I’ve only had to replace about 5 so far and I print a ton).


There are also usually rebates from Epson for $200-250 at any given time.
• It will come with the drivers you need and is easy to install.I print directly from Photoshop.
• It is best to run the printer lightly and frequently, rather than running 50 prints every two months. One 13×19 sheet takes about 7 minutes to run through.
• I then cut them using a healing mat and sharp Xacto, using a metal ruler as the straight edge/guide.
• I buy my cello bags from GTbags, in various sizes. They last quite a while and are super cheap.

I hope this is of some help to you all! Oh, and I just use a simple cheap 8 year old Epson scanner to scan small pieces, and it works great.


PAPER: Fun with Paper



paper sculpture

Books pull you into a new world, while art lets you see it, so in a way it makes sense that these two mediums should come together in Jodi Harvey-Brown’s work. Her book sculptures are …

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Paper Sculpture

EIRIAN chapman

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Well-designed brochure is an important marketing tool for the majority of businesses. Brochures offer a great opportunity to go into detail about your product or service. So here in this post you can see 45 Interesting Brochure Designs. They would serve you as an inspiration to design your own. Enjoy !

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XPEDX Paper School: Nov 7th 9:30am-2:30pm


Paper 101

Paper Knowledge is Power
Thursday, November 7th /  9:30 – 2:30pm

Learn everything you want to know about paper in a day, not a semester. In just a few hours, you will be paper literate with our Paper Seminar and Paper 101.

You’ll learn all about paper – how it’s made, the difference in papers, the right papers for the job and just about everything else you can image, plus some things you can’t.

Get the newest swatch books and printed promos.  Discover the latest trends and what’s happening in the paper industry.

What are you waiting for?  Reserve your seat.  Space is limited.

It is fully sponsored by xpedx.  It costs you nothing but a little time.

Breakfast and Lunch will be served! Free food! Free paper! What more could you ask for?

RSVP Gina Girardi, by Tuesday, November 5th