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PRINTING IS OUR PASSION.
WELCOME TO TEN MINUTES OF GOOD NEWS AND FUN STUFF FROM YOUR FAVORITE PRINTER!
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A Message from Greg Wolf
The Way I See It
 

The Rescue

I came across this inspirational story written by Janine Allen that offers a thoughtful twist on pet adoption from a dog’s perspective.

I Rescued a Human Today

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor, peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel, I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy, and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card, I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek, and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened, and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.

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Idea of the Week
Spot, Heal, Clone: The Perfect Combination
FROM FLAWED TO FLAWLESS

You've just taken what you're sure is the absolute best photo you've ever captured, only to get back to your computer to find that disaster has struck. Right in the middle of your beautiful composition is a blemish that just can't be unseen. Instead of heading back out to try and capture the moment again, modern technology has a better option: the blemish removal tools in Photoshop.

Removing Blemishes in Photoshop: The Basics

If you're stuck with a blemish on a photo that you want to get rid of, Photoshop has two great options for you: the Spot Healing Brush and the Clone Stamp Tool.

The type of blemish you're dealing with will determine which tool is best suited for the job. If you're dealing with something minuscule like a spot of dirt on an otherwise clean wall, you can use the Spot Healing Brush. To do so, use the bracket keys to make the brush size larger than the spot of dirt. Next, click the spot of dirt once, and presto - an entirely, clean wall. If only it worked that way in real life, right?

Spot Healing

If you're talking about a blemish a little bigger than just a speck of dust on the wall, you can use a similar technique. Instead of clicking on the spot, however, simply paint a crack like you would paint a brush stroke and soon, the crack will be no more.

Healing vs. Cloning: What Are My Options?

The Healing Brushes are ideal for completely removing something from an image. If your finger just happens to cover an otherwise perfect picture of a bright, blue sky, the Healing Brushes are perfect for zapping that unwanted finger and getting the finished product exactly where you want it.

If the object you want to remove happens to be touching something you want to keep around, you'll need to turn to our old friend, the Clone Stamp Tool. Instead of erasing something from an image, the Clone Stamp Tool is great for essentially covering over it by repeating visual information from somewhere else in the image.

Let's say you took a picture of a wall in your home but you didn't like a poster that happens to be hanging in the frame. With the Clone Stamp Tool, you can sample a bit of the wallpaper from the wall by holding the ALT button and then clicking on a portion of the wallpaper. You can then use that sample to paint over the poster like it was never there at all.

Stamp Tool

For best results, you'll want to use a combination of both of these tools for that polished look you're after. You can use the Healing Brushes to remove the item in question and the Clone Stamp Tool to put the finishing touches on it. With these two tools in your toolkit, no one will be able to tell there were ever any blemishes in your images to begin with.

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Online Giveaway Tools
MAKE YOUR NEXT ONLINE GIVEAWAY EASIER AND MORE EFFICIENT

Online giveaways are a great way to increase social media followers, boost website traffic, grow your email list, and generate more leads. Here are a couple of examples of tools that can help make your next online giveaway easier and more efficient:

  • Gleam is a marketing platform that helps you run campaigns that help users engage and promote your business. Unlike other platforms, Gleam verifies entries to social networks (where allowed), which reduces the number of steps required to enter, saves you time, and drives higher quality entries into your campaign.

  • Easypromos is a simple, customizable promotion platform that enables users to create 30 different types of promotions, including giveaways, contests, quizzes, surveys, and loyalty programs across all social media tools and devices.

  • RafflePress is a user-friendly WordPress contest and giveaway plugin that features pre-built templates and a drag and drop builder to get your giveaway up and running quickly.

  • OptinMonster helps promote your contest and boost engagement by showing popups, floating bars, and slide-in scroll boxes to target your campaigns to the right people, in the right places, and at just the right time in their customer journey.

  • ShortStack is a customizable all-in-one contest software that allows users to create landing pages, run contests, send emails, and analyze results. You can embed landing pages on your website or use your own domain for standalone landing pages.

We have lots of great supplemental ideas for promoting a giveaway or contest in print, such as postcards, statement stuffers, stickers, table tents, and more. Contact us today for a custom quote or to request samples.

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Uncommon Product
QR Code Business Card
GAIN A COMPETITIVE EDGE IN THE BUSINESS AND MARKETING WORLD

If you’re looking for a creative way to gain a competitive edge in the business and marketing world, you may want to consider a dynamic QR code business card.

By featuring a dynamic QR code on your business card, you can update or change the content behind your QR code and redirect the existing QR code content to various URLs without having to re-print cards every time you want to focus on a new promotion or update content.

This allows you to easily promote various products, provide customers and prospects with new and updated coupons, provide easy access to subscribe to your YouTube channel or connect to your website, LinkedIn page, and other social channels easily.

If you’d like help creating the perfect QR code business card to boost your sales, stop by or give us a call today.

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Awesome Amazon Features
FEATURES AVAILABLE WITH YOUR AMAZON PRIME SUBSCRIPTION

Here are a few lesser-known features available with your Amazon Prime subscription, as well as a few ways to get the most out of your Prime shopping experience.

  • Amazon Family is a free service for Prime members that gives exclusive benefits and services to families, such as saving on diapers, laundry detergent, granola bars, and other everyday essentials.

  • Ship donations to charities for free using the empty box your Amazon order came in. Choose an organization you want to donate your stuff to and print a free shipping label at Give Back Box. Drop off your package or schedule a free USPS pickup.

  • Amazon Smile enables you to donate .5% of purchases (without paying anything extra) to the charity of your choice.

  • Pre-order new movies, books, games, and more, and get them instantly once released. Shipped items should arrive by 9 p.m. on the day of their release.

  • You can get Amazon credits by selecting no-rush shipping on orders that you’re not in a hurry to receive. You can also get Amazon credit with Amazon Trade-In for used movies, books, tablets, gaming equipment, Amazon devices (such as Fire tablets, Echo dot, or Echo Show), and other gadgets.

  • Use the Amazon app to price match items while shopping. Many stores will match Amazon’s price, including Target, Best Buy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Lowes, JOANN, JCPenney, Buy Buy Baby, and more.

  • Amazon Household allows you to share Amazon Prime with other members of your house, while still keeping accounts separate and private.

  • Prime Photos is included with a paid Prime account, offering unlimited photo storage. Use the free Amazon Photos app to upload and backup photos from your device.

  • Amazon Prime Student offers a free 6-month trial, plus a half-price subscription for college students for up to four years or until your listed graduation date, whichever comes first.

Looking for ways to save on your next print project? Give us a call today! We’re full of helpful suggestions.

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