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Tod Todson
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Baluk,

Since Magic0fOddysey said your card is in the Top Ten, might I/we see a picture of it?

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Tod, If you would like some examples of logos and or business cards, just let me know. I can try and share some with you that I have done for others. my pleasure to do so.

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Hi Tod.

I think he was refering to the quality of the cards rather than the design. But I will post it up soon.
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Mark,

I would like to see it to if you do not mind sharing. I may have to post some of my designs as well when I find the time. I would be happy to.

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Kyle:
What type of file do the card companys want to make a card from? I use pagemaker and do a 12 card pasteup on 8.5 x 11 in landscape. Should I pdf that or just pdf a single card for them? Thanks.

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Jim:

It really differs from online printer to printer. However, you should be able to obtain all of this information by going directly to their website. Most of them have an area called uploading files or it may also be in an area under Q and A or even under file set up. If you can not locate this information, it is best to give them a call directly and talk to them in regards to the set-up and the way they want to receive your files.

In most of the various printers I have done business with for my design clients, they usually do not want you "ganging" up your card design. Usually they want your file at 100% of size and with probably at least 1/8th inch bleed around the entire card. Usually their live print area is about 1/8th to 1/4 inches inside the trim zone. This live print area is an area where they like you to keep all text inside of. The reason for it is that when the cards are trimmed, if your copy is to close to the edge, it can get cut off. Just something to look into.

In regards to what file formats most online printers will except these days, that also varies a lot. Most run their digital presses in a CMYK process. You will want your card to be set up in CMYK at 300DPI. Usually they can except multiple file formats but a lot of what I have seen want them as hi-res .jpg files.

Once again your best bet is to check out the various printer sites and look for their uploading anf file transmission information. They all have them posted but some are easier to find then others.

If you have a printer you are looking at going with or if anyone has any questions on how to set up their cards, please let me know. I would be more then happy to help anyone out to ensure your card is set up properly to give you the best print results. My Pleasure.

Hope this information was of help to you.

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Tanks, Kyle. I knew you were the guy to ask.

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You are most welcome. My pleasure. Let me know if you or anyone else has any other questions I can address for you. I would be happy to answer them as best as I can.

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Mark,

Nice card from a design perspective. The only things I would do, just froma graphic designer's stand point are these (only suggestions mind you):

- The body text font is a bit childish and cartoony. Nothing wrong with it but it really goes against and does not play as well with the nice font and sophistication of the logo text. Also having a screen or gradiaition within texct makes for very hgard readability. To remedy this, perhaps you go with a more standard or simplifed font for the text that will read better and also not go across your image. the image is a strong one and the text going across it makes for an awkward design feel.

- The photo looks really good and I like the energy creating with it being tilted. I just have a hard time seeing what is in your hands. Perhaps in your next BC version you repalce the coin with a jumbo coin or just something that says magic but is a bit more visual so when the reader sees it, they nio immediately you do magic without reading any text at all.

- The background and colors look really good and nicely done.

- In regards to the back of the card, it looks great. I would only change the font again to match the new font on the front.

Thanks for sharing this with us. I do appreciate it greatly as I know it is not always easy to place something of yours on here for the world to see. I honestly think you did a great job as this card is much better then most I have seen or have had to work on.

I think these few very simple and easy tweeks would push your card even that much farther to really working and branding you successfully. I hope my suggestions are of some help. My pleasure.

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On 2006-04-22 23:08, jlibby wrote:
How's free? Is free a good price?

I'm sure many of you know that you can get free business cards from Vistaprint. All you pay is postage and handling.

One real advantage of this is you can try out business cards for a variety of different marketing campaigns without spending a fortune. I've gotten very good service from the good Vistaprint folks.

Check 'em out: http://www.vistaprint.com/frf?frf=956250315595



I have a friend who uses these. I looked into them and decided against them. The Vista Print website and info is printed on the back of your card. I didn't feel that it was appropriate to have another businesses info on my card. I'd rather pay to print for a more professional look. But it depends what your needs are and what your style is!
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I have used VistaPrint for some of my clients at their request. However everything I have had VistPrint do was custom designed cards and logos I created for my clients and NOT anything from their free templates.

I understand they offer FREE cards but in order to get a free card you do indeed have to pick from a template and it does have their advertising information on the bakc of it. I would much rather prefer creating a customized and branded card with logo and identity that sets me apart from the rest in the markets that I perform in.

For myself, it is just better for me to pay some extra money up front to have a well branded card that will work and function better for me as a "business" card should.

Just my 2 cents.

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On 2006-12-27 13:14, magic4u02 wrote:

- The body text font is a bit childish and cartoony. Nothing wrong with it but it really goes against and does not play as well with the nice font and sophistication of the logo text. Also having a screen or gradiaition within texct makes for very hgard readability. To remedy this, perhaps you go with a more standard or simplifed font for the text that will read better and also not go across your image. the image is a strong one and the text going across it makes for an awkward design feel.

- The photo looks really good and I like the energy creating with it being tilted. I just have a hard time seeing what is in your hands. Perhaps in your next BC version you repalce the coin with a jumbo coin or just something that says magic but is a bit more visual so when the reader sees it, they nio immediately you do magic without reading any text at all.


Thanks Kyle,

I agree with the text. When printed, it does in fact looks less "childish". However, I definitely agree with you on it. And the gradient, I have learned once I got em. In low light, or from a distance, its hard to read.

And for my next card, I guess I will have a picture with my one of my birdies. And I'll smile.

Cheers.
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Mark:

You are most welcome. I did not mind the not smiling part as I have seen some not smile to convey a sort of sense of mystery. That really is up to you the performer in regards to the image and character you are trying to portray.

I think the birds or anything larger will work better for the person receiving the card to know instantly you are a magician without even reading it. I think it will be better visually and really add a bit more to the card.

But I do want to stress that the card is a lot better then most and you certainly did a fine job on it. I think these little adjustments made to your next card will make the card that much stronger.

Thanks again Mark for showing and sharing them with us. I do appreciate you doing that. Thanks and I wish you much success. If I can ever be of any help or offer any suggestions, please just let me know.

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Thanks for the comments Kyle.
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Anytime Mark. My pleasure. Good luck with the cards and much success in 2007. =)

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Contact

johnb@ifixphotos.com

he is a great designer and he works for a discount printer in fla.

tell him that Michael sent you , and he'll take good care of you
Magically,


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Just make sure as with any printer you want to use, that you also handle designers the same way. That means asking them questions upfront and seeking samples from them ahead of time. This way you can be sure that his or her style is what you are looking for and can guage whether or not you feel the designer best meets your needs.

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