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November 28th, 2015 | By: Karen Saunders

How to Produce a Marketing Piece Efficiently

Before you produce a marketing piece you may want to consider the following steps to save time and money. For over 25 years I have been helping solopreneurs and small businesses with brochures, postcards and campaigns. We guide our clients through these steps to produce stunning designs with compelling content in a timely fashion within their budgets. Here’s how we do it: Produce a Marketing Piece by Starting at the End! Ask yourself, “What is the final format that I need?” Is it printed piece, a slide show, postcard, e-mail blast, etc.? Consider the time frame for each phase of the job. How much…

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August 28th, 2012 | By: Karen Saunders

Proper Graphics File Formats for Internet, eBook, Print

Using the proper graphics file formats and resolution for the job can mean the difference between a professional-looking document and one that looks blurry or is missing graphics. Graphic file formats for the Internet and professional printing are totally different animals. Do not interchange them! Proper Graphics File Formats for the Internet Low-resolution raster graphics are used on the Internet. These graphics are made up of thousands of pixels (squares of color). Internet browsers will read JPG, PING and GIF graphics, which are best scanned at or saved to 72 PPI (pixels per inch). Because of the limits of screen…

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October 25th, 2011 | By: Karen Saunders

Common Acronyms Used in Self-Publishing, Printing and Design

Are you stumped by new acronyms that have suddenly popped up and become part of the current lexicon in the publishing, marketing or advertising arenas? I’ve notice new acronyms are born whenever there is a new leap in technology, such as the emerging field of ebook publishing. Here are definitions of some and newly coined and common acronyms used in self-publishing, printing and graphic design. AI — Adobe Illustrator A vector-based graphic file format developed by Adobe. BMP — Bitmap A raster-based file format. CMYK— Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Black A four-ink color system used by printers to print full color images. This is…

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July 27th, 2011 | By: Karen Saunders

Convert a Printed Book into an eBook and Upload Files to Amazon DPT

As an author and independent publisher I’m always looking for ways to leverage my work and the material in my printed book, Turn Eye Appeal into Buy Appeal. Turning my intellectual property into various products is a pretty obvious solution. The emerging popularity of Kindle, iPad and Nook ereaders convinced me now was the time to convert a printed book into an ebook. Many Ways to Sell and Distribute eBooks I discovered there are several routes I could take to sell and distribute my ebooks, depending on how much time and effort I wanted to put into the distribution process. I…

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May 31st, 2011 | By: Karen Saunders

Transform a Book into an ebook: What to Watch Out For

Hi readers, this article is written by Helena Mariposa who is a member of my production team. She offers some nice insights into converting manuscripts and book layouts into ebook formats. Many of my authors have asked me to transform their books into a ebooks now due to the popularity of the Kindle, ipad and Nook. Helena is my go-to gal for this service. Here is her advice: Authors and self-publishers are proud of the work they have done to make their books read and look as well as they do. Now they have heard there is another way to make their book readily accessible to…

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May 31st, 2010 | By: Karen Saunders

Use the Proper File Formats for Internet and Print

Using the proper file formats for internet and print can mean the difference between a having a professional-looking printed document and one that looks blurry or is missing graphics. Graphic file formats for the Internet and offset printing are totally different animals. Do not interchange them! Graphics for the Internet Low-resolution raster graphics are used on the Internet. These graphics are made up of thousands of pixels (squares of color). Internet browsers will read JPG and GIF graphics, which are best scanned or sized at 72 PPI (pixels per inch). Because of the limits of screen resolution, anything greater will…

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October 28th, 2006 | By: Karen Saunders

How to Define RGB and CMYK Color Models

Are you confused by what these letters mean? Can you define RGB and CMYK? Do you know how they affect your desktop publishing and website files? These letters represent two different color models or systems, (which are types of color definitions). RGB stands for Red, Green and Blue, with the first letter of each word represented in the acronym. RGB is an “additive color” system. Red, green and blue beams of light create the colorful images on your computer monitor. Where red and green light overlaps, you see yellow (see diagram at left). When red, green and blue mix together, you…

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