Julin Resource Center

Julin resources consists of our blog post library, design templates & various other PDF resources.

What the FONT?

Pairing fonts is a crucial aspect of design that can greatly influence the overall aesthetic and readability of a piece. When selecting fonts, it’s important to consider their compatibility in terms of style, mood, and function. One effective approach is to choose fonts that contrast yet complement each other. For instance, pairing a decorative, elaborate…

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Design for Impact

Designing for Impact: The Power of Visual Communication Humans process unfathomable quantities of information through sight alone. Consider this crazy statistic: The human brain processes images in just 13 milliseconds, with the eyes shifting gaze three times per second. People can recognize and comprehend dozens of pictures in a fraction of a second! This pace…

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DIY Designing and Printing : TIPS

When creating your designs for printing, there are several important factors to keep in mind to ensure a flawless finished product. Here are some key points to remember: 1. Planning: Start by creating a clear vision for your design. Consider the purpose, target audience, and desired look. Develop a rough sketch or digital mock-up before…

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Working in Canva

There are a number of popular sources to produce your own print designs:  Adobe Indesign and Express, Canva as well as numerous free online sites.  Canva is one of the most popular for the Do-It-Yourself print designer. Setting up your Canva document for printing is an essential step to ensure that your job meets your…

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BE FLEXIBLE

BE FLEXIBLE.  It’s the new motto for 2022. Every industry is currently feeling the effects of supply chain constraints and boy, can it be painful.  The best advice I can offer to our customers is to be prepared, plan in advance, and be flexible. Some industries have been feeling the pressure of the supply chain…

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Printing PANDEMIC Challenges

The challenges we face in printing during the Covid -19 Pandemic It is becoming important, maybe now more than ever, to consult with your printer before starting a print project. The old phrase “times have changed”, could not be truer this year!   As we step back into “normal,” there are new things to consider when…

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Paper Weight Conversion Chart

Compare weights of text, covers, bonds and other types of paper by consulting the Paper Weight Conversion chart below.  Contact your Julin Printing Representative if you have any questions! Click here for the PDF version. For more printing resources, click here!  Our Resources page offers free downloadable templates, an envelope size chart and numerous posts…

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Wait, there is more than one color of black?

Why are there so many different colors of black and when should I use them?  Most commonly in printing and design you will Black, Rich Black and Registration Black.  Let’s break down these 3 colors and when to use them. Black. This is 100% Black with no other colors added.  Most commonly used as text, small…

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It’s back. (Did it ever leave?)

I guess “they” were right.  Print isn’t dead.  Print advertising has made a big come back.  Here are a few tips to consider when designing your next print project!   Your print materials should instantly be recognized as yours.   Consistency is key.  Your brand colors, fonts, wording, images, “tone of voice” of your online campaigns…

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A Follow Up! Design. I am newish at this.

A follow-up. Last year I told you I was teaching myself InDesign. To reiterate, I am not a designer, but sometimes I want to design things. It can be a frustrating process at times. I am sharing because a lot of my customers are not designers either, but they are required to design things from…

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Print Statistics: From the Pile

I admitted it, I am a hoarder.  A hoarder of massive piles of industry magazines and printed blog posts.  It’s time I put them to use.   Here is a compilation of my favorite statistics from the pile! First up from SmallBizTrends.  9 of 10 consumers agree there will always be need for print.  Small business owners…

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What is Rich Black and when should I use it?

What is “Rich Black” and when should I use it? We produce print using the CMYK or 4-color process model.  As each color in the process (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black)  is laid down over the previous color it creates the images and colors you see in your design. Today we focus only on the…

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DESIGN. I am new at this.

Fun fact:  I started teaching myself how to use InDesign about a year ago.  I have always considered myself a creative person and feel like after years of working with Designers and print, I have a good eye for good design, but I couldn’t design anything myself! Knowing good design and being a good designer…

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Back to Basics. What is CMYK?

Most people don’t know that almost the entire spectrum of colors can be recreated using just 4 colors.  If you don’t have experience with graphics, CMYK or 4 color process can be confusing!  Why?  Because you want to print all of the colors, not just 4!  Here is what you need to know about CMYK.…

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Converting to CMYK

Converting to CMYK CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) is the color model used by commercial printing presses. RGB (Red, Green, Blue) is the color model used by computer monitors and most domestic printers. Many colors you create on your monitor (RGB) are not achievable using standard four-color process inks (CMYK). If you submit your…

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Common Errors When Submitting Files

COMMON ERRORS WHEN SUBMITTING FILES Here are five of the most common errors we see when receiving files at Julin Printing.  Checking these items when sending files can save time and money in production delays and rework. Incorrect Color Mode RGB color mode (red, green, blue) must be converted to CMYK color mode (cyan, magenta,…

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The Power of Touch

The Power of Touch “Touch—it’s one of the five senses that dictates how we perceive the world around us. It’s also one of the most important. Touch is a crucial part of the sensory experience.  It influences emotion and decision making, and as such, establishing this sense as critical to any brand experience.  Brands that…

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Efficient Page Counts Save Money

One of the best ways to save money on your print project is utilize paper efficiently. What can I do to save money on printing is one of our most frequently asked questions.  One of the easiest ways is to create documents that utilize the press sheets efficiently. Before we explain, let’s first define a…

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Coated or Uncoated Stock?

At Julin we can print on a wide variety of coated and uncoated stocks but how do you decide what will work best for you project? Read on for a brief explanation of the difference between the two types of stock. Uncoated papers have a rough, more natural feel to them. Examples of uncoated stock…

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Print Specs

What are PRINT SPECS?  This is the information you need to provide to obtain an accurate print estimate, and in turn, a printed piece that meets your exact requirements. Here are the print specs you need to provide to receive an accurate estimate: What is the project?  Invitations?  Postcards?  Newsletter?  Is it a brochure?  Booklet? …

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What does CMYK stand for?

CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key (Black). It is a color model used in color printing, otherwise known as four-color process. In this model, colors are created by mixing different percentages of these four ink colors. By varying the percentages of these four ink colors and overlaying them in different combinations, a wide…

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What are bleeds?

A “bleed” printing refers to the area of a printed document that extends beyond the final trim size. Printers use bleeds to ensure that the printed image or color extends to the edge of the paper after trimming. Bleeds are important in printing because the cutting process can result in slight variations in the final…

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Crop Marks. Why do we need them?

Crop marks : What are they?  Why do we need them? Crop marks, also known as trim marks or registration marks, are small lines or markers placed at the corners of a printed document. They serve important purposes in the printing process. 1. Trim Marks: Crop marks indicate where the printed document should be trimmed…

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