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Meet Leigh our newest employee at Creative Printing! Leigh has been in the printing business for over 20 years, since she was in high school! She says she has done it all from working in the dark room (back in the day), running the press, running score machine, cutters and everything in between!

Last Spring Leigh, her husband Butch and youngest daughter Alicia moved from Tennessee to Panama City. Leigh says her and her family really enjoy being in Northwest Florida and love spending time enjoying our beautiful beaches.

Leigh is a great addition to our Creative Printing team with her abundance of knowledge in the printing business. With her southern charm Leigh works as a customer service representative, she also run’s the mail room, as well as many other tasks around the shop. We are so happy she has become a part of our team and look forward to her future here.

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A lot of advanced technology and professional expertise are required to produce the product you expect. And that’s particularly true when you desire an archival-quality canvas print. At Creative Printing, we start and finish your canvas here in the print shop to ensure the highest quality.

However, before we get into the critical details, you should know that all of the products we use on our canvas prints meet the archival standards set by the Fine Art Trade Guild. Now, here is how we assure a product you’re pleased with.

First, to produce your canvas print with ultra-high-quality imaging, we use a state-of-the-art wide format printer.

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Corporate Gift Ideas - USB - Creative Printing of Bay County - Panama City, FLChristmas is 7 weeks away! This year is definitely flying by. Are you looking for Christmas gifts for your employees? Promotional items always make great gifts, and they help get your logo and brand out there. We want to share several Christmas gift ideas in which are unique, but you can also incorporate your logo, company name, etc.

When you are ready to Get Creative, come on by our print shop and we can help you. Our friendly staff is always ready to help you get the most “bang for your buck.” Don’t procrastinate any longer, because Christmas will be here before you know it. Happy Shopping!

 

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Graphic Designer - Questions to Ask - Creative Printing of Bay County - Panama City, FLDo you have a design idea in mind and are not sure how to create it? Are you starting your own business and need a logo? You know that you need a graphic designer to create your vision. Hold on a minute before running out and just using any designer! It is important to do your “homework” and find a graphic designer that knows what they are doing. We have customers come in all the time with graphics that needs to be re-designed in order for them to print properly or the designer they originally went to did not get the design right. Our Panama City Print Shop wants to help you get quality work without incurring extra costs. Take a look at these 6 questions to ask a graphic designer before hiring.

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Permanent Vinyl Adhesive - Creative Printing of Bay County - Panama City, FLOur permanent vinyl adhesive is perfect for indoor use and can even be used outdoors temporarily. It has a matte finish that renders beautiful results when combined with our state of the art, wide format printer. Our vinyl adhesive is water resistant and durable enough to be used for many applications, including outdoor advertising. Keep in mind it has a permanent adhesive and can be very difficult to remove from some surfaces once applied. We do not recommend applying this vinyl adhesive over textured surfaces. For the best results we recommend only applying to smooth, flat surfaces. We can also laminate the vinyl adhesive for extra protection or to add a gloss finish.

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Did you know our graphics department can restore your old photos? That’s right, we can make your Photo Restoration - Couple - Printed and Framed - Creative Printing - Panama City, FLphoto look new again. If you do not have a digital copy, that is just fine, we can scan your photo and then restore it from there, creating a photo that looks just like the original.

We can repair photos that have any of the following damage:

  • Water damage
  • Torn
  • Molded
  • Faded or discolored
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Steve, Sheila and the Creative Team are honored to be a part of a wonderful local event here in Panama City, Florida. The Warrior Beach Retreat Fall 2013 will be held Tuesday, September 17 through Tuesday, September 24 2013.   Wounded Warrior Beach Retreat - Book Cover - Panama City Beach, FL

Message from:

WARRIOR BEACH RETREAT, INC

We became a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation on September 03, 2009 to provide a forum for combat wounded warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan war and their families to bring honor and respect to those who have served our great nation. Wounded warriors and their families from all across our country are brought to Panama City Beach twice a year to enjoy a week long retreat sponsored by local businesses. These retreats are made possible by the many generous donations from the Northwest Florida community.

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Here at Creative Printing we have many customers that like to create their own artwork or design and email it to us for printing. This is a great way to save you money; however, it is important for the print job to be production ready, meaning the file has to be appropriately set up in order to print.

Our goal is to prevent problems that may delay your production schedule, incur additional expense or produce an unexpected product. To see our full guide to setting up your own print job, take a look at “Submitting Print Ready Artwork.”

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  1. Call Your Printer First - All printers have different production ready requirements, so call before you start.
  2. Resolution - Always use high quality images and graphics. Image resolution should be no less than 300 dpi, and re-sampling does not count!
  3. Bleed - If your final artwork has an image that goes to the edge of the paper, you will need to have bleed around the final piece.
  4. Color - If your job is printing offset all colors should be converted to CMYK.
  5. File Type - Submitting a high quality PDF with fonts embedded or converted to outlines is the best way to submit your artwork.

If you have any question regarding this checklist please call or email us. Our goal here at Creative Printing of Bay County is to help you submit your own files and have them print perfectly!

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Do you have a sweet tooth, but are trying to eat more healthy? You are in luck! This month we share another small business spotlight,  our very own local Sweet Frog of Panama City. They serve premium frozen yogurt and other sweet treats sure to entice anyone with a sweet tooth! They are located at 748 West 23rd street in the Stanford Station Shopping Center.

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Are you looking for a local print shop that provides copy services for an upcoming event or the new Copies - Paper Stack - Creative Printing of Bay Countyschool year? Here at Creative Printing of Bay County we offer copy services for a wide variety of items.

Copies and Documents

Our print shop offers a wide variety of paper choices, colors and more. Worried about your budget? Don’t be, we have a solution for any budget.

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It’s that time of year, as summer slowly comes to an end and fall begins, event planning is in motion for many businesses, schools and organizations. Many events take several months of preparation that is why it is important to begin now, especially if you have an event coming up in October.

Here at Creative Printing of Bay County, we are a One Stop Shop for all of your printing needs. We can help you prepare for any event or occasion. Below we share several items and products to help you prepare for your next event and provide tips in which to get started. Enjoy!Keep Calm and Get Creative - Panama City, FL

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Fall is just around the corner and many “brides to be” are busy preparing for the wedding of their dreams. Sometimes wedding themes and color schemes are hard to choose from, that is why Creative Printing of Bay County would like to help. Here we will share several new fall wedding trends and colors.

Pantone has recently shared their new fall colors and they would make wonderful wedding themes. What do you think? Our favorite is Emerald.

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Are you in need of banners for an upcoming event? Do you want to catch the attention of those passing by? Creative Printing has you covered! We offer a wide variety of banners for any occasion and the best part is, we offer custom design. Banners are perfect for advertising or announcing events.

 

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Summer is finally here! Do you have your promotional items ready to hand out? If not, now is a great time to get your name/brand out into the public. With vacationers here on Panama City Beach, you can hand out promo items big or small quite easily.

Here are several unique promotional items that can help you get your name out into the community.

1. Beach Spike Cup Holders

  • Whether you’re headed to the world’s most beautiful beaches (Panama City Beach)  or any beach for that matter, these spike cup holders will come in quite handy. Simply lay out your blanket and stick your cup holder in the sand. That’s it, no more sandy cups, cans or sunscreen for that matter! Have your logo and contact information printed on the side and these unique promo items are ready to hand out.

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Did you know that font actually has a psychology of its own? When working on a project, whether it is for the web or print, the fonts need to be legible. Some fonts tend to be more legible on the web rather than printed, therefore it is important for designers and local print shops to know which font is best.

For instance, Verdana is a clean font used more for conferences or seminars, where Eurostyle is more fashionable and used for private events. Remember, fonts have a psychological side and should be chosen carefully and wisely.

When preparing for your next event contact us here at Creative Printing and we will gladly assist you. Our designers will work closely with you to ensure you have the right font.

Below is a graphic to help you decide which font to use for your website or event and why.

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Do you have a special little one having a birthday soon? Are you having trouble deciding what kind of birthday party theme to help make the day “extra” special? You’re in luck, over the next couple of months we are going to share several creative, fun birthday party themes. Here at Creative Printing we just LOVE getting creative. This month we are sharing 2 birthday party themes one of our wonderful team members has used. These are just adorable!

Remember here at Creative we offer custom birthday party invitations, posters and banners that can be designed to match any theme. Give us a call or stop by and our friendly team will gladly help you get started. Don’t you feel like getting creative?  

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Who doesn’t just adore this sweet story? This theme is a great way to incorporate reading and bring the story to life! For an added touch serve food from the story.

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Recently we had to honor of printing a couple posters for Master Sergeant (MSgt) Aguilera’s  room dedication at Tyndall Air Force Base  Panama City, Florida.  MSgt Aguilera is “amazed” to have this room dedicated to him.

Creative Printing of Bay County worked with Mr. Wolf to help finalize and print this project. Mr. Scott Wolf owner of Wolf Designs, designed the posters and did a magnificent job.

We want to wish you all a Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all the military, past, present and future that have served to protect the United States of America.

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Do you recognize Apple, Nike, Pepsi, and McDonalds logos every time you see them? Why is that? A lot of time and work are put into the logo design process to get it just right so it makes a big impact on consumers. Logos need to be distinctive and stand out among the others. Branding your company begins with the development of your company logo.

So what goes into the Logo Design Process? Below the process is explained and you can visually see how much work it takes to get the logo desired for your business. From client meetings, to sketches, editing and digital design, this is a tedious process.

Here at Creative Printing our graphic designers work closely with you to get the logo that you envisioned and help your brand stand out. Call or stop by to get started and we will gladly assist you throughout the entire process. Remember, here at Creative, we are a one stop shop, for all of your printing needs.

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Our Print Shop in Panama City, Florida sees a lot of customers, many of which do not know or understand the difference between digital and offset printing. We want to share the difference and help you better understand so that you can decide along with your local print shop which is best for your print project.

Digital Printing – Is a toner based printing method using high-speed copiers. Copied Type Printing has had some major advancement since it was introduced in the early 80’s. The image quality from our modern machines is as good as offset printing.

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Graduation is right around the corner! Do you have a special senior in your life? Are you looking for custom graduation invitations that will stand out from the other classmates? Here at Creative Printing of Bay County we offer custom, affordable graduation invitations. Custom invitations are a great way to display your graduate’s senior portrait, creating a unique style. In need of name cards as well? You’re in luck, we design custom name cards to match your custom graduation invitations.

Here are a few of our newest designs to get your creative juices flowing.

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Graphic Design is everywhere! We see it on street signs, billboards, television, online, in restaurant menus, business cards, books, and many other places. Graphic design combines text and images in a creative manner in order to reach a particular audience visually. They make things “look pretty” in order to grab the target audiences’ attention.

A logo is not just something that is visually appealing it is creating a brand and communicating what a company is/does without much needed explanation. The first stages do not involve much designing at all, but more so research.

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Wedding Season is quickly approaching and "many brides to be" are busy planning the wedding of their dreams. At Creative Printing, our designers stay on top of the latest design and color trends so we can create your custom designed wedding invitations and RSVP cards. With all of our designs you can change anything from colors to fonts, or we can create a unique design to meet your theme and budget. The possibilities are truly endless! Why worry about going through store after store to find a wedding invitation you “might” like, when you can have them designed to match your wedding perfectly!

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By the Sea

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Arranging a funeral or a memorial service for a loved one can be an emotional and overwhelming task. There are so many details to consider before your final goodbyes. Here at Creative Printing we can help ease this difficult time by helping you create programs, large prints or collages, book marks, prayer cards or any other mementoes can be personalized to remember your loved one. You can choose to turn this time into a celebration of life and recall all the good times through the use of these keepsakes that will honour the memory of your loved one.

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Several months ago, we shared a 2 part series regarding How Color Makes You Feel. Now we would like to share what brand colors say about your business. As we all know branding is crucial for your business and how customers/clients recognize you.  Did you know that color is the most noticed and remembered part of your business? It is important to have a matching color scheme across the board, from your logo, website, business cards and more.  Here at Creative Printing we have a wonderful graphics department that will help you develop your brand and have a matching scheme from online to print. Contact us for more information. Feel free to comment below to share how your brand color has helped your business.

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Are you preparing a shower for a special “Mommy-to-be?” Are you trying to decide on the perfect theme to shower her in love? We want to help you get creative by sharing several unique and creative baby shower ideas.

Rubber Ducky Theme

At one point or another, you have all most likely played with a rubber duck in the bathtub as a child or with your children. Why not take this cute little toy and have an adorable, fun baby shower. Then the baby will have plenty of bath toys!

 Creative Printing of Bay County - Panama City, Florida - Rubber Duck Baby Shower Theme

 

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Creative Printing is celebrating a special birthday this month. We would like to wish Stephen (aka Papa), owner of Creative, a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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VIVO Spa Salon is located in Rosemary Beach, Florida. They are a great example of a customer creating their own artwork and then having us print it for them.

Hi guys,

     " I got your message, thanks for knocking out the menus for me so quickly. That’s why you guys are the best!! I would love it if you could mail them to me."

 

Thanks!

Michael J.

 

 

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As you can see, it is fine to create your own artwork and send it in to be printed here at Creative Printing of Bay County. It is important to make sure the files are set up properly and then there is little design expense, if any. If you have any artwork you would like printed, feel free to contact us and our friendly staff will assist you.   

 

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Graphic designers create visual materials that effectively communicate information for advertising, publications, movies, posters, signs, websites and many more. They use a creative process that combines art and technology to efficiently communicate ideas. The designer works with a variety of communication tools in order to express a message from a client to a particular audience.

In today’s technology driven world, a Graphic Designer is a “must have” for a business. Most people do not use the phone book to look up your number or address anymore. They go straight to Google via their phone, tablet or computer. Graphic designers help your brand stand out; whether it is on paper or online.

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To our friends and customers,

Warm wishes for a Joy-filled Christmas Season and a Peaceful and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas from our fantastic team at Creative Printing!

 

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We are looking forward to 2013 and getting CREATIVE!
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As we all know, our first impression are often the last impression. This is why it is extremely important to have a professional, yet creative letterhead that will make a huge impact. Letterheads and envelopes are important for sending letters, invoices, receipts, and much more. These are essentials for any business, no matter the size. You want to make sure that your stationary matches and are of professional quality.

So what do you include on your letterhead and envelopes?

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Receiving mail, that is not a bill, is always exciting! Why not bring a smile to your family, friends, and co-workers faces by sending them custom Christmas cards? It’s not too late to get them out before Christmas.

Take a look at these custom samples to get your creative juices flowing!

 

 

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We are very excited to be Celebrating 30 Years!!! 

We would be honored for you to share this special day with us here at
Creative Printing of Bay County.

Save the Date Wednesday, September 19th!  

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So the love of your life has finally popped the question! You’re both thrilled to actually tie the knot. What do you do next? 
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Of course you tell everyone! Then set a date and now it’s time to start planning. In the midst of preparation there is one important item you need to remember, your wedding invitations. Your wedding invitations are a very important part of planning your wedding. They are often the first contact made between the bride, groom and their guests. It is important to make sure all the necessary items are included on your invitations.


Take a look at 6 things NOT to forget on your wedding invitations.

1)    Name of Bride & Groom 

    This may not be forgotten very often, but we wanted to make sure you don’t forget to proudly announce who the special couple is that is getting married!


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2)    Day & Date

 Believe it or not people have forgotten to include this on their invitations before. You get so busy and overlook the important details. Guest need to know when   the wedding is being held. If you forget this important detail; you spent all that money on invitations only to have people calling for the information. If you have a good printer, they will catch this critical detail. 
 
 
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3)    Time

Yes, the time of the wedding is very important. You want your guests to all be there promptly, right?  Of course, the bride can be a little late, that always helps spice things up a little.

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4)    Location

Oh, the location is very critical. Guests need to know where you will be having this special occasion. Be sure the address in included. Directions or a small map can even be inserted with the invitation if you feel it is necessary. In today’s technological world many guests will have a GPS, but several may not.

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5)    Reception

You can’t forget the information about the reception! This is the FUN part! Include details if it is at a different location than the ceremony or at a later time. Basically this would be the location, time and directions to the reception site. This information doesn’t necessarily have to all be on the invitation; it can be inserted into the envelope separately. We do suggest that you do include that there will be a reception to follow on the wedding invitation though.

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6.    Forgetting to Include RSVP Date


Your invitations or response cards should clearly state the deadline for a response from your guests.This date is usually two to three weeks ahead of the wedding. Most people will respond by this time.
But what if you forgot to put the RSVP date on the invitation or response card? Don't worry. Many invited guests will automatically send you their response. For those who have not responded, it is perfectly fine to call them and ask for a response to your wedding invitation.

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As you can see, there are really only 6 basic important things to remember to include on your wedding invitations. Here at Creative Printing, we offer CUSTOM wedding invitations. That means, we will design them the way you want! Creative is a one stop shop, so if you’re needing RSVP cards, printed napkins, wine glasses or other items for your wedding we can help you out. Come on in today and let us help you CREATE the WEDDING of your DREAMS!
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Although it is our recommendation to seek a professional graphic artist like ours here at Creative Printing we understand the desire to save money on set-up cost. Below you will find some tips to help you insure your files are production ready.

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Summer is the top season for births in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control. In August 2010, 362,798 babies were born. That is a lot of babies!  
There is not a more precious moment than when your baby is born. You want to share this special moment with our family and friends. That’s why birth announcements are so wonderful!  You can choose your background, color, use pictures, choose the wording, and the perfect font to show off your little miracle.

Examples of Custom Creative Birth Announcements:

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At Creative Printing we offer Custom birth announcements! Let our design team help you share this special moment with your family and friends. Contact us today so we can help you spread the joy of your little one or little ones!
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Did you know that May is MADE IN AMERICA month? Let’s join together and help build our economy! By purchasing made in the USA products and shopping local we are supporting our COUNTRY and our COMMUNITY!
 
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Downtown Panama City has many locally owned shops. Come on down and visit Creative Printing and all the local stores this month!
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Creative Printing of Bay County - how color makes you feelDo you ever wonder why you feel calmer in a brown room? On a cloudy, rainy day, do you want to wear comfortable pants and a sweatshirt? Gloomy days tend to make us want to lie around and not be motivated. Could this be due to the color?
 
As we previously discussed there is psychology behind color and how it makes you feel. Let’s take a look at a variety of different colors and find out how they make you feel.
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Did you know that here at Creative Printing we offer Mailing Services? That’s right, if you need to mail mass quantities of presorted mail that is at least 150 pieces or more, we can mail it for you. For instance, NAJU Boarding & Grooming has 7,000 post cards printed; labels added and mailed every month. In return they are getting an average of 200 new customers per month.  We take care of everything so they have more time to do what they love, spend with the pets at their facility.
 
Now let us explain what is meant by Presorted Standard Mail.

Presorted Standard Mail typically includes sales flyers, form letters, or other printed pieces that are identical in content. Each piece must weigh less than one pound. Presorted Standard Mail refers to mailing at least 150-200 addressed pieces (or 50 pounds) of mail sorted and arranged according to postal standards. Presorted standard Mail is a job-sharing program; Creative Printing and the Postal Service share the work of processing the mail. When businesses do some of the preparation and organization, it saves the Postal Service time and money. They pass these savings on to the business through postage discounts. Due to it being geared toward business mail, Standard Mail rates do not apply to correspondence such as personal letters and these other types of mail.

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But is direct mail marketing effective for your business? According to DMA (Direct Mail Association) statistics, "15% of all consumers receiving at least a catalog and 12% receiving at least a letter, postcard and/or flyer from a company made a purchase on a company's website." NAJU, along with many of our other clients have seen great success come from using mailing services to market their business.
 
So if you’re thinking about marketing your business with direct mail and printing and mailing large quantities, but don’t want to have to worry about stuffing your envelopes or pay full price for stamps, come on into Creative and let us take care of it for you. We are a One Stop Shop and We Understand Budgets and Deadlines.
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Have you seen the NAJU Boarding & Grooming Shuttle around town?
 
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If so, you have probably been curious and want to know more. NAJU is a local business that is family owned and operated. This thriving business was originally started on the property of Biff Hunt’s parents in the 60’s and 70’s where they were breeding American Foxhounds and show dogs. The property was an old dairy farm which still had the runs and covered facilities out back. This was used for the dogs. People loved their setup and how clean and consistent the facility was. This then led to the conversion to a public facility in 1975.
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Do you ever wonder what type of paper you should use for your CREATIVE PRINT PROJECTS? Often people do not realize how many choices they have available. Then when it is time to choose, the many varieties of paper can be overwhelming. What color? What finish? What style? Paper selection can make a huge impact on your print project whether it is for yourself, your family, or your business.
 
 
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At some time or another many of us have used signs. We see them all over the place, from yard sales, to baby showers, political signs and even for real estate. There are so many uses for yard signs such as, parties, now hiring, now enrolling, sales, special events, schools and sports. The choices are endless. Yard signs are a great way to grab people's attention and it’s important to learn how to use them in your business. 

Do you ever wonder why you should use yard signs? Where they should be placed to grab attention? How about what information to include?

We want to provide you with some tips to make the most of your Yard Signs.

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Do you ever look at a sign going down the road and think, “That is too much”? The key to designing signs, business cards, etc. is to make them stand out and not look too busy.

The less you use in designing the better. You want people to read your signs and cards.
 
Let's take a look at some Tips to show how less is more in Graphic Design.
 
  1. Often people think that every area of white space has to be filled. This is not the case. White space is okay!
  2. Don’t use too many effects. This will take away from the message you are trying to give.
  3. Avoid using more than 3 fonts per design. This will make your design look unprofessional and busy.
  4. Don’t choose a font just because you think it is cool. Be sure it goes with the theme and is the right height so that it is visible.

     

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  5. Avoid using too much information. If there is too much, potential customers will skip it all together. The less that is on your card or sign the more it attracts attention to your main points.
  6. When using graphics or pictures, make sure they look professional and only use one or two. Too many will make your design too busy.
  7. It’s important to have a focal point, something that draws your eye and then everything should flow out from there. You want your eyes to move to all parts of your design.
  8. When aligning your text, don’t feel like it has to be centered. Left or right justified looks more professional.
  9. Remember when choosing your colors, that different colors affect the way you feel.
  10. The best way to ensure that your text will be clear at a long distance is to use a high contrast color, such as White on Black.  Blue on Green is more difficult to see from a distance.

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     11.   When choosing colors for your company logo or any design project, it's important to look at the color wheel. You don't want to choose colors that are beside each other. Choose colors that are across from one another, so that they stand out and better.


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     12.    One more important tip to remember is to trust your graphic designer! Their skills and experience will bring your images to reality. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
 
As you see there are many factors to consider when designing your company logo, business cards, signs and more.
 
At Creative Printing our friendly design team is here to help you! So when you’re ready to begin your design, come on in and let us help you Get Creative.

 

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Ever wonder why you feel cheerful at Christmas? Could it be all the red and green lights?  Have you ever felt tired in a blue room or full of energy in a red room? Colors can change our mood, make us motivated or feel tired – – the colors that surround you may be the reason for your lack of productivity or lower creativity!  The human eye sees about 7,000,000 colors. That’s an incredible amount of color!

Artists and interior designers have long understood how color can intensely affect moods, feelings and emotions. According to about.com, color is a powerful communication tool and can be used to signal action, influence mood and cause physiological reactions. Certain colors can raise blood pressure, increase metabolism or cause eyestrain.

Let’s find out how different colors make you feel. 


Red

  • (Think passion) stimulates, arouses, increases awareness.
  • Elevates a room’s energy level. It’s a good choice when you want to stir up excitement.
  • Pumps the adrenaline.
  • Draws people together and stimulates conversation.
  • Love.
  • Has been shown to raise blood pressure, speed respiration and heart rate.
  • It is usually considered too stimulating for bedrooms or classrooms.
  • May trigger feelings of anger in some people.
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Company Newsletters are important to keep in touch and create loyal relationships with your customers. Plus, it’s a cost effective and simple way of marketing. You can’t beat that! 

What to include in your newsletter … a great, catchy name. To get your customers attention, focus on quality content. For instance, you want articles to be relevant and informative. Try not to focus solely on your business and sales goals. By this we mean, remember the 80/20 rule: 80% education and entertainment and 20% sales. Use your customers and include testimonials. Including a call to action is important.  So remember to link to your website and social media sites! Don't forget your contact information like your address, phone number and website. Believe it or not, many businesses often leave their contact information out.

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If there's one thing we know how to do at Creative Printing (besides, you know, creative printing), it's get down and spooky for Halloween! For years, we've been dressing up as our favorite monsters and villains, ghosts and ghouls, and just having fun.

We wish you a safe and happy Halloween this year and invite you to take a sneak peak at some of our favorite Halloween photos from over the years!

 

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Is there a high school senior in your life? 

Chances are, they've already been given information about ordering expensive graduation announcements through their school. They might have a few options to choose from but one thing is certain: those announcements will look an awful lot like the announcements all their classmates will be sending out.

Why not make your senior's graduation truly special and get them a completely custom graduation announcement that not only shares the news of their graduation, but also includes their photo?

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It's been a busy summer around the office at Creative Printing. Of course, we've been busy printing your business cards, letterhead, postcards and party invitations, but there's more! We've been busy implementing a ton of exciting new equipment with the help of our technology partner Garner IT Consulting. We're so excited about it that we couldn't wait any longer to share the changes with you! 
 
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Creative Printing of Bay County - Panama City - Florida - Proof Print Jobs - ProofreadingYou've worked on a design with your graphic artist. You've decided whether your business cards should be matte or glossy. You've settled on the quantity of new brochures to order for your small business.
 
What's left?

Once the design and layout of your print job are finalized, you'll be asked to review a proof. A proof is a document or image that will show you exactly what your item will look like when it's printed. This is your last opportunity to change your mind about design elements and to check all the details to ensure there are no mistakes.
 
Here is what to look for when you review a printing proof:

  1. Check the colors. Make sure the colors you see are what you expected. Do the font and background colors coordinate with your company logo?
  2. Check the graphics. Make sure the correct, current version of your company logo is being used. If you've been thinking about redesigning your logo, consider doing that before ordering new print supplies that will soon be outdated.
  3. Check the text--including phone numbers and addresses. Your print professionals can help with colors and graphics, but they might not realize that your office phone number ends in 2354 rather than 2345. Check and double-check these important details.
  4. Take a step back and review the overall print job. Is it generally pleasing to the eye, interesting, and easy to read? Remember, this is your last chance to make any changes, so if you have reservations, now is the time to speak up.
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What happens if there is an error or change needed on your printing proof?

Don't worry! We'll make the changes and create a new proof for your review. You'll have to sign off on all the changes and approve the proof before we proceed with the print job, giving you final control over what we print.

We understand budgets and deadlines. A careful review of your printing proof can save you both money and time, important resources for any small business.

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Custom party invitations are growing in popularity and they're a great, easy way to add personal touches to your special event or celebration.
 
It's no mystery that a lot of folks are scheduling special events later this year on a noteworthy date. November 11, 2011 -- aka 11/11/11 -- will be a memorable day for many. If you're planning an 11/11/11 event, now's the time to start thinking about making your event even more special with custom invitations.
 
No matter when your event date lands on the calendar, you don't have to be a design whiz to get custom invitations, or even know exactly what you want. We can build custom invitations around your event's theme and help you choose a design that represents you. We know what questions to ask, and we understand how to listen to your answers, work with your goals and budget, and develop a solution that meets all your needs.
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Business cards are the most important marketing tool that your company uses. They are often the first representative of your business and easily the one that sticks around the longest. How can you make sure that your business cards are doing everything they can to promote your business in a positive way?
 
Here's what you need to know:

1. Go with the pros. Running a small business on a budget--or starting a new business from scratch--might require some creative financial planning, but don't skimp on business cards. DIY cards look cheap and make your potential clients think you don't care about the details. Hire a professional printing company to print your business cards, and show your clients that you're serious about your business.

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2. Short and sweet. Don't try to write a novel on your business cards. Only include the information that is actually pertinent, such as company name, your name, basic contact information including your e-mail address and website.
 
3. Don't be cute. Every small business owner wants their business cards to be memorable, to stand out from the crowd. Don't try to do this by being cutesy with your business cards. This means no knock-knock jokes and no cartoon characters (unless you happen to be in the cartoon business). Instead, stand out by using a sharp design and textured paper. Or, if you're really feeling adventurous, consider something really out-of-the-box like a structural aspect, like this business card with tear-tabs: 
 
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Or these clear plastic business cards: 
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4. Use a smart design. The design of your business cards should be appropriate for your business. If you run a landscaping business, don't put wine glasses on your business cards. Choose graphics and layouts because they represent your business, not because they're your favorite color or because they remind you of your favorite vacation spot.
 
5. Catch the typos. Handing out typo-ridden business cards is a death sentence for your marketing efforts. Be sure to check and double-check spelling of names and especially addresses and phone numbers. And if you get a new number or your website URL changes, it's time to get new cardsand toss your old ones in the recycling bin.
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In our first blog post (of many!), we didn't want to start off with the same old boring marketing lingo. We're not here to toot our own horn, push our services on you or anything like that.
 
We just want to get to know our neighbors.
 
We're also ridiculously excited to start this blog and to get connected with more of you in internet-land. As a matter of introduction, we thought we'd invite you to take a stroll through our print production facility. We're located in Bay County, Florida, and we love working on print jobs for small businesses as well as individuals.
 
Come on in!
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Carol at the front desk    
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