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Printing invitations at home just took a huge leap forward with our new version 7.0 personal edition software! Whether you are getting a new Windows 8 computer, looking for the best design features, or admiring our 7.0 design templates, our PrintingPress, Platinum and Extreme 7.0 software apps are bright and shiny new. In addition to fabulous new features we’ve included a brand new artwork collection with thousands of sophisticated images, borders, backgrounds and patterns built-in. Our new upgrade pricing makes it easier and more affordable to upgrade from previous versions of our software. Visit our updated comparison and online tour pages to learn which version is right for you!
Due to new features and changes to the file format, new newsletter projects can only be opened in version 7.0 of PrintingPress, PrintingPress Platinum and PrintingPress Extreme. If you try to open these projects with earlier versions of PrintingPress, you will see a message that says, “An error occurred while trying to import a project from the selected file…”
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As we feel the nip in the air and see the sun setting earlier and earlier, we are reminded that autumn has begun! So when you pull those sweaters out of storage, go on and grab your Halloween decorations as well! We’ve got fabulous new invitation designs for you to throw a ghoulish cocktail bash – no kiddies allowed!
Love the biker chic look? Check out our PrintingPress 7.0 design. We started by adding a winged skull to the center of a Cinnamon Square card. Next, we added the invitation text in red and black using the Georgia font that is included with Windows. After printing, we used a corner punch to round the corners of the cards. We used the new Set Text Case feature to make all of the text on the invitation and on the envelope (even the addresses!) use all uppercase letters. We added a solid black version of the winged skull to the back of the Deep Red envelopes and added Black liners.
Our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 design sets the perfect ghoulish tone for a Halloween fete. We started by adding a skull flourish border image to a Natural Cotton A7 card. We wrote the invitation text using the Palatino Linotype font that is included with Windows and the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2. We used the new Text Outline feature to add a 0.25 point outline to the script text to make it a bit stronger, and we wrote “COSTUMES” and “COCKTAILS” in orange and added a 2 point black outline. We added a pair of black skulls as floating images flanking the name of the couple hosting the ghastly affair. Since the design runs to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature. The black skulls appear again surrounding the return address on the back of the Mandarin Orange envelopes, which we lined in Black.
Want something with a touch of sophistication and a sense of humor? Take a look at our PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 design. We started by filling the background of a Natural Cotton A7 card in a custom black and grey striped pattern. Next, we added a black liquor bottle as a floating image and floated it behind the main text area of the card. We added some of the invitation text directly into the main text area of the card and used several floating text boxes to add some more text elements. We used the Georgia font for most of the invitation text, but used the Alyssa Black Tie font from Fonts & Graphics for Weddings for the word "be"and the Trebuchet font that is included with Windows for the word "AND" in "EAT, DRINK AND be SCARY!" We used the new arc text shape to bend the words “EAT, DRINK” into a graceful arc at the top of the label on the bottle. We used the new Text Shadow feature to add a shadow to the text. For tips on using the new shadow feature, see this month’s Extreme Tip. We added several flourish images to the label for a touch of elegance. Since the stripes run all the way to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature and then used a corner punch to round the corners of the cards. We lined the coordinating Pewter envelopes in Black.
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Since Autumn snuck up on us this year, we don’t want to let the holiday season catch us unaware! So we planned ahead and created some fabulous new holiday card designs that you can use to showcase your favorite photos and share them with everyone on your holiday mailing list.
Our PrintingPress 7.0 design is perfect if you can’t decide which photo you’d like to use – use them all! OK, maybe not all of them, but quite a few. We added five photographs as floating images on a Natural Cotton Square card. We cropped the photos, converted them to grayscale and arranged them in a collage leaving room for the text at the top right corner of the card. We used the Indent Text Left feature to adjust the left margin to accommodate the photographs and typed the holiday greeting using the Georgia and Trebuchet fonts that are included with Windows in a festive color scheme. We created bright rows of dots using the bullet character “·” in a large point size. After printing, we used a corner punch to round the corners of the cards. We added the dots above and below the return address on the back of the White envelopes, which we lined in Fuchsia.
Have a perfect photo you want to put in the spotlight? Try our PrintingPress Platinum 7.0 design. We added a gorgeous photo as a background image to a Natural Cotton A7 card. We adjusted the margins to avoid overlapping the people in the photo and typed the holiday greeting in white into the main text area using the Georgia font and the Isabelle font from Fonts & Graphics 2. We used the new Text Outline feature to add a 0.25 point white outline to the script text to make it really pop against the photo and added a banner as a floating image behind the main text area to highlight the word “everything” in the greeting. We used the new Colorize feature to change the black banner to an exact color from our photograph. Since the photo runs to the edge of the card, we used our printer’s borderless printing feature and then rounded the corners of the card using a corner punch. We added the banner in grey to the back of the Magenta envelopes, which we lined in Pewter.
Our PrintingPress Extreme 7.0 design is the perfect mix of cosmopolitan and contemporary. We started by adding a photograph as a background image to a Natural Cotton A7 card. We converted the photograph to grayscale and typed the holiday greeting directly into the main text area of the card using the Georgia font. We filled the text in a custom pattern and added a shadow to the text. For tips on using the new shadow feature, see this month’s Extreme Tip. We used a floating text box to add holiday greetings and family names to the bottom left corner of the card. We filled the background of the text box in pink and set the text box’s Border Shape to Round Rectangle. We filled the background of the card in a new slim zig zag (black) pattern and colorized it to grey. We used our printer’s borderless printing feature and then rounded the corners of the card using a corner punch. We created coordinating custom envelope liners for the Blush envelopes for an additional touch of style.
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PrintingPress Extreme 7.0's new Text Shadow feature lets you add a shadow to any text. The new shadow controls in the Character palette let you specify the Shadow Type, and Shadow Color.
For this issue’s Extreme holiday cards, we added a shadow to the words “PEACE&JOY” at the top of the holiday card. Below you can see the text without any shadow.
We selected the text, and then chose Solid Shadow (Down) in the Shadow Type combo box. There are ten possible shadow type options.
The default shadow color is black. Below you can see the text with black shadows.
Next, we selected the text filled with grey stripes and set the Shadow Color to grey.
To finish, we selected the text filled with pink stripes and set the Shadow Color to pink.
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