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RIP, VHS

Last year (June 2016) Japan based Funai announced that it would no longer manufacture VHS based Players.

So If your old vhs player no longer works now is the time to get your vhs tapes converted to DVD.

Mention this post and for the next 30 days (from 6/15/17 – 7/15/17) if you bring in 5 or more VHS tapes for conversion we are offering a 10% discount on our conversion service.

The small print is that the tapes may only contain home movies not commercially copy written materials.


Color Envelopes

Creative Printing is proud to announce that we now have a new state of the art printer that can print your small batches of envelopes in either single color or full color and it even supports variable data. For more information please call or email us.


3D Printing Information

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Below are some useful links about 3D Printing:

film A Dog’s Purpose 2017 online


3D Printing

Creative Printing and Internet Services, LLC. of Boone NC is proud to annouce that we are the first print shop in the High Country of North Carolina to offer commercial 3D printing services. With this new technology, we can now offer our customers, including designers, hobbyists, architects and artists, a variety of new products.  School projects, artistic pieces, and scaled projects are now available as 3D prints at Creative Printing and Internet Services, LLC.

3D printing uses an additive process to create 3D models. Starting from an STL file, the 3D printer reproduces a digital model by adding materials in layers until the final product is achieved. Use of the technology can assist with the creation of jewelry, landscaping, home design models, engineering products, or any prototype of your choice.  Our new 3D printer prints with recyclable ABS plastic or compostable PLA plastic.  Our customers can choose from a variety of colors including glow-in-the-dark.

We provide the High Country with outstanding print, sign, multimedia and web services.  Stop by our office, located on the 1738 NC Highway 105 Bypass, Boone, NC or email us, to learn more about what we have to offer including our new 3D printer.


Creating Your Own Business Card

When creating your own business card you want to keep a few things in mind. Organization, simplicity, visual appeal, and a clear professional statement are key elements of a good card design. This can be done easily. When laying out your card make sure your text is organized. Try to organize your text in groups such as contact info or address. Emphasize things like your business name, your name and phone number. Use no more than three fonts. Try to use nothing bigger than 12 point font on everything but a name or the company name. Nothing smaller than 7 or 8 on any text. Use a picture or graphic that is simple and interesting to display. (For example: a hammer for a handy man to get the point across quickly.)

We have templates you can download to make this process easy. First download the Business Card Template. Lay out your business card within the dotted lines. A standard business card is 2" x 3.5" including a space for the margins. Leave at least 3/16" around all 4 sides. This is why you should lay out all text inside the dotted line. Any images or background colors can go out to the edge if you want them to. This is called a bleed edge.

Once you have your card the way you want it and you are ready to print. Download the Sheet of Business Cards with Crop Marks to lay your cards out on a sheet of 8.5" x 11" so you can put 10 cards on a sheet. The crop marks are there to help you when you trim your cards. Lay your cards over the outlined boxes.

You can now print these yourself or take them to your local printer and have them printed and save you some money.

There are three templates to chose from.

*We recommend Illustrator over photoshop.


– Cards with a bleed (images that go to the edge) use a different template. That will be available in the future.


CAN-SPAM Act of 2003

In 2003 the US Congress passed the CAN-SPAM Act (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography And Marketing Act of 2003). Most of our clients are not aware of Law, and may be placing their businesses in violation of it. For each and every violation of the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, a business or person engaging in commercial emailings can be fined up to $11,000. That means for every email you send that is considered marketing you may be fined $11,000 which adds up fast.

Below are several links about this act:

Federal rules require the following for commercial email's or text messages sent to your mobile phone:

  • Identification – The email must be clearly identified as a solicitation or advertisement for products or services.

  • Opt-Out – The email must provide easily-accessible, legitimate, and free ways for you to reject future messages from that sender.

  • Return Address – The email must contain legitimate return email addresses, as well as the sender’s postal address.


The easiest way to be compliant is to not send emails from you computer but rather set up a mass email program like PHPList. which runs as part of your web site. We can help set this up for you, show you how to use it, and help create a template that is in compliance with the CAN-Spam Act of 2003.

 

If you have any questions or would like help implementing a mass-email marketing solution please contact our web department by clicking here.


Making a QR Code

Creative QR CodeQR codes are easy to make and a great way to engage your audience. You may be wondering what are QR codes. QR codes are images that you scan with a smartphone app and it takes you to a URL (a website) that is in the image. They are basically a visual link that your phone can scan (infact the one at the left will take you to our home page). Think of it as almost a barcode, the URL is in the image using a serials of squares. So why use QR codes? They are a quick and easy image to make and are great way to engage your audience. The image tells the audience nothing. This peaks the curiosity and person scans the image and is taken to the URL to find out more.

QR codes are very easy to make and actually very customizable. Most of the time when you see a QR code they are just black and white. This is because the camera uses the contrast between the black and white to read the image. This also allows for you to do other combinations, like black and yellow. The yellow is light enough so it still works as white. The black can be any dark color. You can have multiple colors for the black or the white. In the end you just have to have that contrast between the colors like before. We'll go over more of coloration towards the end.

The first step you need to do when making a QR code is go to a website and make your QR code.
Here are a few sites you could use.

http://goqr.me/
Paste your URL in the field and drag the slider to the size you want and click download.

http://www.qrstuff.com/
Paste the URL you want to take your audience to. Then if you want just one color you can use this site to change the foreground color to what you like. Once you have your QR code the way you want click the link under the code to download it or drag the code (image) to your desktop.

http://www.visualead.com/
This site allows you to put an image behind your QR code. This isn't fully recommended since it makes the image very complex and you may have to pay for the code.

When picking a site you should know that you can make QR codes for free so don't pay for one. Make sure they work, you can scan the image on the screen to make sure they work.

Next thing you probably want to do is get on your smart phone and download a scanner app. All you need to do is get on your phone's store such as the App Store or Google Play and search for QR reader. There are several out there so just pick one with good ratings and looks easy to use. I use QRReader for iPhone. There are a couple that also create QR codes which you may want to consider. The free apps work just fine. You should not have to pay for a QR reader app.

After making your QR code and downloading the app to test the QR code we can move on to the final steps. When you download the QR code it is just an image. This means you cannot make it bigger than what it is because it will stretch it. This is why I recommend using the first website because it allows you to make different sizes easily. You can always start out big and make it small but you can never make something small big. The smallest you can make a code and it be scanned is 1/2" by 1/2". That is the actual square of color not the white border around the image as a whole. Once you get it to the size you want, you can use it on various things. Just keep in mind that if the URL was for something specific like a sale or an event and it isn't just to your home page that you may want to make QR code just for that event and use it in special areas. You don't want to lead your audience to the wrong place.

Places you can put QR codes:
Business cards
Promo Products
Ads
Banners
Anything printed.

 


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