-------------------- Breaking News --------------------
We are excited to announce the release of PrintingPress Extreme 8.0, Personal Edition, our next-generation software for home invitation printing. New 8.0 features include supercharged envelope addressing, advanced image cropping, multiple alternate fonts, pinning images to addresses, importing and exporting PDFs, Windows 10 support, and hundreds of new sample projects, images, borders, backgrounds and patterns. Please note that due to new features and changes to the file format, new 8.0 newsletter projects can only be opened in version 8.0 PrintingPress Extreme. For more information, see our Newsletter
-------------------- Holiday Cheer --------------------
With Thanksgiving just weeks away, it seems that the holidays are nearly upon us! While we can’t help you roast a turkey, we can help you kick off the holiday season with a fabulous bash! We’ve created festive new designs that will work for anything from a casual gathering to a refined soirée.
Feeling cheeky? Check out our PrintingPress 7.0 Gingerbread Cocktails Holiday Party design. An adorable gingerbread couple stands at the top of a Natural Cotton A7 card, toasting each other with tiny gingerbread martinis. We wrote the invitation text in grey with a pop of red using the Courier font that is included with Windows. After printing, we rounded the corners of the cards using a corner punch. Paired with Cinnamon envelopes lined in Deep Red, this invitation radiates holiday spirit.
Our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 Elegant Stripes Holiday Party design is perfect if you’re planning a more formal affair. We started by adding a new elegant stripes border to a Natural Cotton A7 card. Next, we added the invitation text in black using the Georgia font that is included with Windows in all uppercase. We added a bit of character spacing for an elegant look. We used floating text boxes to add the words “Holiday Celebration” using the Alyssa font and the Alyssa Black Tie font from Fonts & Graphics for Weddings. We used the Sample Color tool to match the text color to the gold in the border and rotated the text boxes for added flourish. We used additional rotated text boxes in a smaller point size to add the couple’s names at the bottom of the invitation. Since the stripes run all the way to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature to print the cards and then used a corner punch to round the corners. To amp up the elegance, we used Metallic Vintage envelopes lined in Black.
Are the holidays all about the tree for you? Try our PrintingPress Extreme 8.0 Xmas Tree Silhouette Holiday Party design. We added a gorgeous Douglas fir tree as a background image to a Natural Cotton A7 card. We used the Colorize feature to make the tree the most perfect green you’ve ever seen. We added the invitation text in red and white using the Georgia font in both all uppercase and all lowercase letters, with a bit of italics thrown in for fun. To get the tree ready for the fête, we added a few ornaments and used the Colorize tool to make them red. We rounded the corners of the cards using a corner punch and lined the White envelopes in Deep Red. We used the new supercharged addressing features to glam up the address on the front of the envelope, and placed a tiny tree behind the return address on the back of the envelope. For tips on using the new supercharged addressing features, see this month’s Extreme Tip.
-------------------- Wedding Bells --------------------
If the New Year brings your wedding day onto the horizon, then you’ll want to take a look at our new wedding invitation designs. We’ve made fun, modern, budget-friendly invitations that you can easily customize to suit your color scheme.
Our PrintingPress 7.0 Rustic Charm Wedding Invitations are sweet and charming and perfect for an outdoor or bucolic setting. We started by adding the bride and groom’s names at the top of a Cinnamon A7 card using the Jackson Sans font that is included with PrintingPress. We surrounded the names with boxwood branches and let an arrow pierce the “and” joining the names. We added the invitation text beneath the wreath and printed the design in white using the amazing OKI C711WT digital color printer with white toner. If you’d like to find a professional in your area who can print in white for you, let us know. If not, print it in black on an inkjet or laser printer and it looks amazing! We repeated the wreath and arrow design on the Cinnamon 4-Bar response card and on the Cinnamon envelopes, which we lined in Black. After printing, we used a corner punch to round the corners of all of the cards.
Looking for something modern and chic? Our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 Geometric Heart Wedding Invitations are just right for you. We started by adding a gorgeous geometric heart to the top of a Natural Cotton A7 card and used the Colorize feature to make it matte gold. Next, we added the invitation text using the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows in both all uppercase and all lowercase letters. We made most of the text grey but made the couple’s names and the wedding venue the same gold as the heart. We used an inverted version of the heart on the Natural Cotton 4-Bar response card and rounded the corners of the cards using a corner punch after printing. We lined the White envelopes in Metallic Brass for additional luxury.
Our PrintingPress Extreme 8.0 Mason Jar Wedding Invitations combine playful type styling with a sophisticated aqua and slate color scheme. First, we added an image of a mason jar with an embossed heart to a Natural Cotton A7 card. We used the Colorize feature to make the jar aqua and then used a LOT of floating text boxes to sculpt the invitation text within the jar’s heart. We used a combination of the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2 and the Comic Sans MS font that is included with Windows. We filled in some of the gaps within the text with tiny heart images. We used a smaller version of the jar on the Natural Cotton 4-Bar response card and added a few lines beside the jar for the names of the guests who will be attending. We used the supercharged addressing features to create stunning addressed envelopes. For tips on using the new supercharged addressing features, see this month’s Extreme Tip. After printing, we used a corner punch to round the corners of all of the cards and lined the Slate envelopes in Aqua.
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We are so excited to show you our favorite new feature of PrintingPress Extreme 8.0 – supercharged envelope addressing! The new features allow you to choose multiple alternate fonts, place address elements on their own line, rotate the label name within the address, bend the label name into shapes, replace commas with images, separate the zip code digits with characters or images, pin images to specific address elements, mirror images around the address, and enlarge the house number to span the full address height. Any combination of features can be used at the same time, so the possibilities are truly endless! When it’s time to print your envelopes, PrintingPress Extreme 8.0 pulls the names and addresses from your project’s Mailing List and automatically formats the text into the styled layout.
For this example we’ll demonstrate how we created the addressed envelopes for the Mason Jar Wedding Invitation design. First, we changed the font for the placeholder address on the front of the envelope to use the Comic Sans MS font, set the Outline to 0.25 pt, set the Character Spacing to 3, and set the Vertical Stretch to 40.
Next, we clicked on the Alternate Font Options button in the Character palette in the Text palette group and selected label name in the popup menu that appeared to add an alternate font for the label name.
We set the label name’s font to the Isabelle font and set the Skew to 40. We set the Line Spacing to -30 to bring the main text up closer to the label name as shown below. The label name runs off the edge of the envelope, but we’ll adjust for that later.
Next, we double-clicked on the placeholder address to use some of the automatic text modifications. We checked the Spell North, South, Etc., Spell complete state names, and Spell Street, Apartment, #, etc. checkboxes. We checked the Print “&” or “and” as checkbox and selected and in the combo box. We checked the Split #s in zip with checkbox and left the default value of Bullet selected in the combo box. Finally, we checked last name and zip code in the Put on its own line control to place the last name and zip code each on their own line.
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The placeholder address has now been updated to show the enabled automatic text modifications. The & in the label name has been replaced with the word and. The last name has been moved to its own line. The abbreviations N and St. in the address have been replaced with North and Street. The zip code has been moved to its own line and the digits have been separated with bullets.
We added an alternate font for the last name to use the same font as the main font but at a larger point size.
Next we added alternate fonts for both the city and state.
Once an address contains multiple alternate fonts, the Main/Alternate Font combo lets you switch which font you are modifying with the controls in the Character palette.
Next, we added a heart image to the left of the last name.
With the image still selected, we clicked on the Pin To Address button in the Align palette in the Design palette group and selected multiple options in the popup menu that appeared. We selected Pin to Left or Right to make the heart move horizontally to adjust to the different widths of the addresses in the Mailing List. We selected Pair With Address Element and then selected last name in the sub menu to always keep the heart lined up with the street address. We selected Pin To Top or Bottom so that the heart will move vertically if the street address has multiple lines and so the entire address becomes taller. We selected Mirror Left & Right to create an exact mirrored copy of the heart on the right side of the last name.
Here you can see the mirrored heart. The heart image that we added on the left has drag handles indicating that it can be dragged or resized. The mirrored copy does not have drag handles.
To finish the supercharged address, we added a floating text box with its Text Shape set to Bend Up to add the words “KINDLY DELIVER TO” above the address.
Below are a few names from the project’s Mailing List to demonstrate how different names and addresses are automatically formatted.
This address includes a second line in the street address.
This last name is quite long, and the hearts are moved accordingly.
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