-------------------- Introducing Cartographics Map Art --------------------
We're very excited to announce our new Cartographics Map Art Collection, an exciting new collection of sophisticated and accurate map images for creating fabulous save the date cards, destination wedding invitations and more. This unique collection of high-resolution artwork is designed for use with PrintingPress software and adds over 17,000 300dpi PNG images in a palette of 31 colors to the Insert Image window. Map images include silhouettes, outlines and two striped versions for the United States, Canada, the British Isles, Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean. Map accessory images include banners, pins, flags, compass roses, airplanes and more. All images are easily colorizable to any color when used with PrintingPress Platinum or higher, and easily filled with any pattern with PrintingPress Extreme or higher. Designed specifically for invitations by professional graphic artists.
-------------------- Letters from Camp --------------------
If you’re packing boxes, bags and trunks to send your kids off to camp, make sure to slip in some stationery (and stamps!) so that you get some letters home. We’ve created cute new designs that will work for any camper, and we made both A7 flat card and full letter sheet versions of each design to suit your writer’s style. For the full letter sheets, your camper just needs to fold the letter twice and use the coordinating A2 envelope.
If your child will be paddling their way through the summer, check out our PrintingPress 7.0 design. A pink canoe with a pair of wooden paddles sits at the bottom right corner of a White A7 card. We typed the words “news from anastasia” in all lowercase letters using the Charlotte font from Fonts & Graphics 3 and tucked it below the canoe. We repeated the same design in the bottom right corner of the full letter sheet. We added a pair of crossed paddles to the back of the Magenta envelopes and lined them in Blush.
Our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 design is perfect for little dudes heading off into the woods. We added a black & grey camouflage pup tent to the bottom right corner of a White A7 card. Next we added a white skull & crossbones as a floating image and placed it onto the text. Finally, we used a floating text box to write the camper’s first name in white using the Georgia font that is included with Windows. We rotated the text box so that the name flows across the bottom of the tent. We repeated the same design in the bottom right corner of the full letter sheet. We added a black version of the skull and crossbones on the back of the envelope above the camper’s return address. We lined the Pewter envelopes in Black.
Looking for something a bit more sophisticated? Try our PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 design featuring images from our new Cartographics Map Art collection. We started by adding a striped silhouette of the state of Maine to the upper left corner of a White A7 card. We colorized the state image to light green and added a pennant image from the collection and used the Selective Color feature to change the color of the pennant to teal. We used a floating text box to add the name of the camp to the pennant. Next, we used another floating text box to add the words “news from sabrina" in teal using the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2. We added a 0.75 pt outline to the text and set the Skew to 60 to straighten out the script text. We set the text box’s Text Shape to Inverted Wave and adjusted the Curve Height to make the text gently curve up along the northern border of Maine. We added the same design to the top left corner of the full letter sheet and added the pennant to the return address on the back of the White envelopes, which we lined in Avocado.
-------------------- Taking the Plunge --------------------
If you’ve recently gotten engaged, it’s a good time to start thinking about your save the date cards! They are pretty standard these days to make sure that your guests plan ahead and keep the day (or weekend) of your wedding free and make travel arrangements ahead of time. We have fabulous new save the date card designs for you this month featuring our luxurious Natural Cotton stock to make sure your guests save the date!
Our PrintingPress 7.0 design has a Great Gatsby, art deco feel. We started by adding minimalist silhouettes of a man and woman onto a Natural Cotton 4-Bar card. The silhouettes give just enough detail to hint at a man and woman from the roaring twenties, complete with bold red lips for the woman. Next, we added the wedding date at the bottom of the card in a caramel color using the Georgia font. We added the rest of the save the date text on the back of the card in black and caramel using the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows. We added art deco flourishes surrounding the couple’s names for a sophisticated touch. We rounded the corners of the card with a corner punch. We added a similar flourish above the return address on the Metallic Vintage envelopes, which are lined in Black.
Want something with more color? Our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 design featuring images from our new Cartographics Map Art collection is perfect for you. We started by adding a striped silhouette of the state of Alabama to a Natural Cotton A7 card. We used the Colorize feature to make the state aqua and floated it behind the main text area of the card. Next, we added the words “sweet home wedding” at the top of the state and the wedding date at the bottom using the Georgia font in white. We wrote “SAVE THE DATE” and the couple's names below the state in grey and magenta. We added a berry pink pennant image from the collection and used it to indicate the location of the wedding. We used the Sample Color tool to write the future bride and groom’s names in the same berry pink. After printing, we used a corner punch to round the corners of the card. We placed the pennant beside the return address on the back of the White envelopes, which we lined in Magenta for a splash of color.
Our PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 design featuring images from our new Cartographics Map Art collection is the perfect combination of elegance and fun. We started by using a floating text box to add the words “SAVE THE DATE” in dark grey using the Georgia font at the top of a Natural Cotton A7 card. We added a Double Shadow (Down) shadow to the text and set the Text Shape to Bend Up. Next, we added a silhouette of the state of Rhode Island and used the Colorize feature to change it to light blue. Want to fill a state from the collection with your own pattern? See this month’s Extreme Tip. We added a heart image from the collection to mark the wedding location and colorized it to magenta. We added the rest of the save the date text in dark grey and blue using a combination of the Georgia font, The Trebuchet font and the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2. We typed some of the text directly into the main text area of the card and used floating text boxes for the rest. We used a corner punch to round the corners of the card and lined the White envelopes in Powder Blue.
-------------------- Selective fill with a pattern --------------------
PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 lets you use the Selective Color feature to fill just part of an image (or the entire image) with a pattern as well as any color. In our example here, we’ll show you how to fill the entire state of Rhode Island with a the scribble pattern from the May 2012 issue of the Mountaincow Newsletter. First we start with the black version of the image.
Now we’ll use the controls in the Adjust palette to fill the image with a pattern. First, click on the image to select it and then click on the Selective Color button in the Adjust palette to enable the Selective Color feature for the selected image. Next, click on the Choose Selective Color button and select the pattern that you would like to use. Make sure you choose the pattern in the color you want, or else click the Adjust tab in the Choose Pattern window to Colorize the pattern and set the pattern scale before you click OK. Once you select a pattern, the Choose Selective Color button will be filled with your pattern. You can use this swatch for reference for the size and color of the pattern. To fill the entire state, make sure that the Contiguous setting is disabled.
Finally, click on the Apply Selective Color button and then click on the image, and… Voilà! The state is filled with your pattern.
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