Free Stock Image! Every week!

January 20, 2010

iStockPhoto’s Free Image of the Week

As a graphic designer, it’s very important that you have an arsenal of stock photography/graphics. Even though you might have the equipment to take your own photo, or the ability to create your own graphic, it’s always nice to have something to fall back on in case you don’t have time.

Now, I read a GDUSA magazine that said over 95% of graphic designers out there use stock images. I was wondering how that number isn’t 100%. To me, stock imagery is important for every designer to have because you never know what your next project is and what kind of imagery you’ll need for it.

So if you’re a new graphic designer, start collecting all the stock images you can (REMEMBER! Read the copyright on all the imagery. Some people who hold the rights to the image won’t allow resale without being paid royalties). Start off by collecting iStockphoto’s free images every week.

Don’t be afraid to use stock imagery. All designers do it, and you should too!

Some of my favorite sites to go to for imagery:

Stock Exchange

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Jot it below.

Run Run



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!

Create an Effective Self Mailer

January 14, 2010

How To Create An Effective Self-Mailer

I just keep stumbling across great marketing information.

If you don’t know what a self mailer is, they are things sent through the mail that don’t require an envelopes. Postcards, booklets, brochures, pamphlets, etc. The main point of a self mailer is to eliminate one of the biggest problems with mail…opening the envelope. That is one of the biggest things on why people just toss it in the trash is because they do not want to waste time opening up mail they are just going to throw away anyways.

Try it out.

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7 Great Techniques in Creating Effective Custom Envelopes For Marketing

January 14, 2010

Earlier, I had posted some effective ways to get direct mail to work for you. Today, I found another article that also shows how to effectively get the consumer to open the envelope and send a reply.

7 Great Techniques for Direct Mail

Keep this things in your head when designing because failing to incorporate a lot of these elements could prove to be unsuccessful. @ Kaboodle

January 13, 2010

Kaboodle is a neat little place to show off what you want and what you got. Definitely good if you dig style. But we’ve got some style for you to show off because where you get your envelopes, letterheads, business cards, flyers, etc. printed at matters!

Our Kaboodle!

Don’t ruin your style by shopping around multiple online printstores trying to find someone to print your envelope all while using someone else to print your flyers. Here at, we are a one-stop shop for all of your printing needs.

So don’t ruin your style wandering to different printshops all promising different ship dates. Get it done right the first time. Go to

Graphic Design Lesson: Flat Converted Envelopes

January 5, 2010

A lot of people believe that you can print a full bleed on an envelope and it should be easy peasy. Not so fast, Flash Gordon. In order to print a full bleed on any type of envelope, it has to go through a process called “Flat Convert”. What that means is that the envelope is laid down flat unassembled before it gets in the printing press. So let’s say, for instance, you have a #12 envelope, which measures 4.75″ x 11″ and you needed color to bleed of the sides to fill the whole front side so every spot on the front is covered with ink. The envelope MUST run through not put together. No adhesives, no nothing on it.

For a more detailed look on this matter, a compatriot of mine wrote an article about this here:

We’ve Got a Bleed (Envelopes with Bleeds)

Check it out! Knowledge is power. The more you know, the brighter you glow. Only me and my bros know.

If you’re looking somewhere to get your envelopes with bleeds printed, we also do it here at So head on over and start printing today! Remember, we also do commercial printing (i.e. Letterheads, business cards, presentation folders, calenders, etc.).

Vun Vun the Purple Hued One

Design Resource: Custom Envelope Templates

December 30, 2009

It’s custom printed envelopes time! In the graphic design world, you’ll need templates, and a very common one you should have in your repertoire of templates are envelope templates. Ranging from the common #10 standard envelope to the dreaded #9 remittance envelope, you’ll need them all. More than likely, if you’re doing a re-branding job for someone, you’re DEFINITELY going to need to print envelopes.

Another important thing is to have is a good online printer. Here at, we can print whatever may need under one roof. Ranging from all the custom envelopes you just designed to presentation folders and brochures. The last thing you need to do is go from site to site trying to find out who does what and when you’ll get them. We even save your uploaded art to our server so if you need to quickly reprint an envelope, you may do so with ease.

Supplied below are templates you can download straight to your computer. Keep them around because they will come in handy for your re-brand or whatever else you might be doing. All the supplied files are ZIPPED. But inside the ZIP files are Photoshop, Illustrator, and inDesign files, as well as JPEG.

Envelope Templates:

#6-3/4 Regular Envelope
#6-3/4 Window Envelope Template
#7-3/4 Regular Envelope Template
#7-3/4 Window Envelope Template
#9 Regular Envelope Template
#10 Envelope Template
#10 Window Envelope Template
6 x 9 Booklet Envelope Template
6 x 9 Catalog Envelope Template
9 x 12 Booklet Envelope Template
9 x 12 Catalog Template
9.5 x 12.5 Catalog Envelope Template
9.5 x 12.625 Booklet Envelope Template
10 x 13 Booklet Envelope Template
10 x 13 Catalog Envelope Template
6-3/4 Remittance Envelope Template
9 Remittance Envelope Template

When you’re through designing them, come get your envelope designs printed at! If you don’t see a price for what you need to print. Go into the store and send us a custom quote so you can get the ball rolling. We’ll give you a quote within 24 hours.

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Vun Bun – The Purple Monkey