Catalog and Booklet Envelopes: What You Need To Know!

January 25, 2010

So what is the main difference between the two? Well, there is a huge difference.

You can find both catalog and booklet styles on a 9×12 envelope, as they would be perfect for mailing out larger style of documents. But booklets are perfect for general mailing. If you’re shipping booklets, this is the perfect mailer for you. Also, booklet style envelopes have a distinct flap as it is on the the long side.

For 9×12 catalog envelopes, their flap is on the short side. These are used for very thick and heavy style catalogs.

That’s about it. All of these envelopes can be printed with full bleed and flat convert here at PurpleMonkeyPrinting.com and we can also print all of your other envelopes and sheetfed prints.

So come on down to PurpleMonkeyPrinting.com and start printing today.

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Graphic Design Resource: 2 Pocket and 1 Pocket Presentation Folders

January 22, 2010

Presentation Folders, I believe, often go overlooked by many businesses out there for their stationery designs. Even though your customers will enjoy that they’re getting professionally printed letterheads and business cards in your professionally printed envelopes, but for your catalogs, brochures, sales packets, etc. What do you present those in?

Well, that’s why they call them presentation folders and that is their purpose. It’s always nice to hand a collaboration of all of your business materials right in one folder to a client/employee. That’s really it.

Presentation folders are apart of a visual identity. But most people don’t really know where to start on designing one because they don’t have the proper template. You could probably make your own and specify the die cuts, but I will supply the templates you need to get the ball rolling:

Presentation Folder 2 Pocket 9″x12″ Template
Presentation Folder 1 Pocket 9″x12″ Template

Remember, that this is one aspect in a visual identity that get’s overlooked when people are hired to create one. So take these templates, and create something stellar.

Then when you’re done, you can submit your artwork and have it printed online at www.PurpleMonkeyPrinting.com. We’ll also print whole identities on your custom envelopes, bleeding letterhead, and business card. Do it to it.

Your friend,
LorLor

PS. Vikings vs. Saints this weekend. Go Vikes!


Let’s Settle This: Mac VS PC

January 22, 2010

I see this debate everywhere. Gaming threads, Engadget, the awesome 4chan forums, your neighbor and even you have probably thought of it.

Now, I’ve been using both PC and Mac for many years now so I find myself to be an unbiased and credible source when it comes to this debate. To prove it, let’s list the computer’s I’ve owned in chronological order:

Macintosh 6200CD
Windows ME Pentium 2 Compaq Presario
Windows XP Pentium 4 Self Built
Apple iBook
Mac G3
Windows Vista Core 2 Duo Self Built
Macbook Pro Core 2 Duo
Windows 7 Q9550 Quad Self Built

So let the comparisons begin.

Today, I use Snow Leopard and Windows 7 at work and home every single day. I work at a printing/graphic design firm, and because of this, I will prefer a Mac in this setting any day. Why?

For one, using a Mac in any Adobe program is awesome. I do use Adobe Products on both but prefer it on a Mac for the sheer simplicity that the Mac OS does for you. One of the biggest reasons why this is is because of the Spotlight Help feature. If you need to find a tool quickly, type it in there, and it’ll point you right to it. Easy peasy.

But the biggest reason why we use Macs is because of a lesser chance of getting a virus. Viruses in the workplace is a big downer and has potential of bringing down all your files with it. When you’re working with thousands of artwork files and a virus corrupts all of them, your going to have to spend a lot of time and money to recover them all. Yes, it CAN happen on a Mac, but the chances are slimmer.

As for the PC:

I use it for gaming and customizing. Sheer powerhouse computers.

Windows is the gamer’s computer, by far. I love gaming and that’s what I use it for. But I have a design story to go along with this…

I had Adobe CS installed on my old Pentium 4 and working for a client, I was required to produce a logo for him, a visual identity package including #10 envelopes, custom letterhead, matching business cards for each worker, several tri-fold brochures and a 9″ x 12″ envelope were in queue to be produced. A very elaborate project. I was excited. As I started working on this, I didn’t realize that I had a virus on my computer and it was embedding themselves into my save files for .AI, .PSD, .PDF, as well as a host of other types. I’m not sure what happened but the artwork infected some computers at the business when I sent them over, and I had to reformat because the anti-virus didn’t know what to do with it and I was also left with one disgruntled customer.

After that, I work on Mac’s and play on PC’s.

And for those of you who think Mac’s are overpriced, the OS Experience is worth it to many people. You might be clever enough to setup a home network through Windows Vista, but Joe Plumber might not know how to do it and the extra few bones he has to spend might be worth it to him to save the headache.

Remember, not everyone is super x-core computer gamer system builder like we are. Companies cater to their audience.

So who wants to game some WoW?

Or who wants to print all of their custom envelopes. We do everything from custom envelopes to commercial printing which does make us your one-stop shop for all of you online printing needs. PurpleMonkeyPrinting.com. Use us.

From the Deathecus Realm PvP Server,
LorLor


Off Topic: Conan O’Brien

January 22, 2010

We here at PurpleMonkeyPrinting.com will miss him dearly. Tonight will be the last episode they will be airing on NBC. We’ll be anticipating the expensive skits (The Bugatti Veyron Mouse: Awesome).


You: Voice Your Opinion

January 21, 2010

Custom Designed Envelopes

What type of things relating to graphic design or design in general annoys you? Certain fonts? Certain styles? The dreaded drop shadow?

Feel free to voice your opinion on the bottom!

Posting and reading other posts will probably make you more aware of bad design, too!

…And keep it clean. 🙂


SALE @ PurpleMonkeyPrinting.com

January 19, 2010

$299.99 for 1000 Full Bleed, Four Color Envelopes and Letterheads.

This sale runs until February 30th, 2010.

What a great deal! You’ll get 1000 Full-Bleed Envelopes and 1000 Full-Bleed Letterheads (which are all in 4-color, as well) for only $299.99 which is a savings of $132.06. It’s a phenomenal deal if you’re trying to print a visual identity for a client or even if you just need a replenishment of business stationery products.

So come check out PurpleMonkeyPrinting.comand start saving today!


Graphic Design Lesson: #9 Remittance Envelopes

January 18, 2010

Now, you might be thinking, “What the heck is a remittance envelopes?”. They’re those envelopes in the mail that have a HUGE flap that you can write information on the inside and then just simply send it back when the customer fills one out.

What they are mainly used for is when a company or organization is seeking a donation or just sending an order form. They have a pocket big enough for cash and checks as well as a spot to write in their credit card information. They are a great way to get a response back from customers/people/whomever. So this brings up an idea. If you’re looking for a response from a customer, why not go with a #9 remittance envelope.

If you’re simply just looking for donation, selling a product, or even trying to get people interested in a service your offering and need a response from them, try a remit envelopes. With the convenience of the remit envelope, it gives your customer all the materials they need (minus a writing instrument) on just one sheet of paper.

But I do see a large down fall when it comes to remit envelopes….

Since people write their credit card information or insert a check into them, a lot of companies fail to make if see through proof by putting some sort of tint design on them. It’s up to the designer to make sure that the security of the information of this information isn’t stolen by anyone so I suggest you consider using tints in your design.

I think that covers it. If you’ve got some other tips, questions, answers, and whatever? Just comment on the bottom.

And if you need a place to get your custom printed envelopes printed, come to PurpleMonkeyPrinting.com. We’re your one-stop shop for all of your online printing needs.

Tootles,
VV