TPI's Top 5 Printing Blogs for Graphic Designers

Posted by Addy Fulmer on Mon, Jan 12, 2015

Happy New Year! We want to start off 2015 by bringing you some of our most popular how-to and informational posts for graphic designers. We hope these tips and tricks will spark your creativity and help make your next print experience a great one!

1. Design Guide for Digital Print
on the HP Indigo 5500



Our HP Indigo 5500 digital offset press is widely considered to be one of the best presses in the industry. We put together this handy infographic that outlines some basic guidelines to consider when designing for print including color specs, paper options and press sheet sizes.

2. How to Create a Print Ready PDF

Print Ready PDF  Blog
Creating files that will give you the best possible print output is very important. The simplest way to send us a file is usually a PDF from which we can print directly. This blog post will walk you through creating a print ready PDF to ensure your printed piece turns out great.

Request a Quote

When requesting a printing quote it's crucial to provide us with detailed information so that we can give you the most accurate price possible. This blog will walk you through some of the most important things to keep in mind when looking for a printing quote.

Pre-flight and Package an Indesign File

Indesign and Illustrator both have a helpful packaging option that allow you to send your working design file along with all the fonts and images it includes. Packaging is a simple process that ensures we have all the elements we need to get your file printed properly.

It's important to have a paper in mind before designing any print project. The substrate you choose will impact the overall look and feel of your design from the brightness of the photos to the readability of the text. This blog will walk you through some paper basics to consider when creating your next design.

We hope you've found these posts helpful and informative. Check out the rest of our blog for more printing tips.
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Tags: print, graphic design, digital printing, HP Indigo press, tutorial, paper, Adobe Creative Suite

Frosty the Pressman: Happy Holidays from TPI Solutions Ink

Posted by Addy Fulmer on Wed, Dec 17, 2014

Warm Holiday Wishes from all of us at TPI Solutions Ink!

Frosty the Pressman - A Printing Tale for a Winter's Day


TPI presents "Frosty the Pressman"

Illustrations and video production
by Sara Capello

Lyrics by Addy Fulmer




Happy Holidays from TPI Solutions Ink

Tags: TPI Solutions Ink, printing, holidays, illustration, winter, frosty the pressman, movie

Graphic Design Inspiration: Thanksgiving

Posted by Addy Fulmer on Fri, Nov 21, 2014

It's that time of year again. The day when we reflect upon everything we're thankful for, and it's considered socially acceptable to overeat until you fall asleep. In honor of Thanksgiving, we've put together some graphic design inspiration for you to stuff your face with before the turkey fest begins.

Vintage Thanksgiving Postcards
Thanksgiving Postcards - Graphic Design
Thanksgiving Typography
Thanksgiving Typography
Hand Turkey Illustrations
Thanksgiving Hand Turkey Illustrations
Thanksgiving Greeting Cards
Thanksgiving Greeting Cards - #thankful
Vintage Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Photos
Vintage Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Photographs
We hope this post has inspired you with some holiday spirit. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!



Tags: graphic design, typography, inspiration, photography, holidays, cards, illustration, fall, Thanksgiving,, vintage,

What's Your Print iQ? Take Our Quiz and Find Out!

Posted by Addy Fulmer on Tue, Sep 30, 2014

Quiz - What's your print IQ?



 What's your print iQ? Take our quiz and find out!

Tags: print, graphic design, printing, paper, CMYK

Now THIS is Direct Mail Marketing with Print & a helicopter! Go Amex!

Posted by Carrie Grove on Wed, Sep 03, 2014

On Tuesday morning, upon arriving in the office after the long holiday weekend, I was welcomed by this very interesting package.


Direct Mail Marketing Campaign from American Express

The package is almost two feet long, six inches wide, 7 inches high and very light weight.

Our first thought in the office was, who ordered this and what is it. Next, after reading the outside of the box I began to think it might be advertising.

We opened the box.

This was what we saw when we opened the box:

Print Mail Marketing Campaign - Inside Box Cover - AMEX

A large printed label adhered to the inside cover of the box with a message from American Express.

Then as we lifted the nicely printed blue sky and white fluffy clouds we saw this:

American Express marketing campaign - remote control helicopter. Direct mail.

A remote control helicopter! Wow!

So, what's the catch? What is the call to action?

Here it is:

Call to action from Amex Helicopter direct mail marketing campaign.

Very creative Amex! I think we will be giving Ms. Weir a call, if only to discuss this awesome marketing campaign.

My only criticism of this campaign is that American Express could have made an even bigger impact with the use of personalization/variable data. I know that they have loads of personal  information at their fingertips, (they probably know the birthweight of my first born child, for goodness sake!) so, I say, put that information to good use, personalize my marketing piece!

Did anybody else out there receive the helicopter? What did you think? Will you set up an appointment? Have you opened the box yet? Would personalization have made a difference?

Can't wait to hear your feedback on this. If you have received a cool direct mail marketing piece that made you say WOW please share!

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Tags: print, graphic design, multi media, marketing, marketing with print, variable data printing, personalization, Design, direct mail

Design Guide for Digital Print on the HP Indigo 5500

Posted by Addy Fulmer on Thu, Aug 28, 2014

"What size sheet can you print on your digital press?"

"Can you print on heavy paper?"

"Can you print on plastic?"

"What about white ink?"

These are just a few of the questions we get from graphic designers and print buyers when it comes to designing for digital print on our HP Indigo 5500 digital press.

So, to help you out, we've put together this handy infographic design guide with some basic information about our HP Indigo digital press capabilities here at TPI Solutions Ink. We hope you find this helpful!

Design Guide for Digital Print on the HP Indigo 5500

Tags: print, TPI Solutions Ink, graphic design, graphic designer, digital printing, HP Indigo press, infographic, commercial printer, bleeds, free guide, custom printed, white ink, paper, color, PMS, CMYK, Design

What type of paper are you? Take our quiz!

Posted by Addy Fulmer on Thu, Jul 24, 2014

Quiz: What's your paper persona? #graphicdesign #paper #printWhat type of paper are you? Try our quiz today!





Tags: print, TPI Solutions Ink, graphic design, graphic designer, pantone, printing, paper, color, CMYK, Design, quiz

Graphic Design Inspiration: Foodie Fun

Posted by Addy Fulmer on Tue, Jul 15, 2014

Two of my favorite things are cooking and graphic design. After a long day of work I love to go home and create an awesome meal. So naturally, I get really excited when food and design come together. I get inspired by everything from new and interesting package design to high quality food photography. This collection showcases a few of my favorite combinations of food and graphic design. 

Real Food Typography

Graphic Design Inspiration: Food

Cool Ice Cream Logos

Graphic Design Inspiration: Food

Gorgeous Food Photography & Recipe Design

Graphic Design Inspiration: Food

Awesome Sushi Package Design

Graphic Design Inspiration: Food

Sweet Food Lettering

Graphic Design Inspiration: Food

Juicy Burger Logos

Graphic Design Inspiration: FoodLovely Tea Packaging

Graphic Design Inspiration: Food

I hope you've enjoyed this foodie blog post. What's the best food inspired graphic design you've come across?


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Tags: graphic design, typography, logo design, inspiration, photography, package design, food, foodie

Wedding Printing FAQ’s: Inquiring Brides Want to Know

Posted by Addy Fulmer on Thu, Jun 12, 2014

Here at TPI we get a lot of questions from brides and grooms about printing their wedding materials. We’ve put together a list of some of the most common inquiries we receive with some explanations to hopefully make your wedding invitation printing process run a little smoother.

Custom wedding invitation printing at tpisolutionsink.comQ:  “I just bought a pack of fancy 8.5x11 paper from a local paper store, can you print my invitations on it?”

A: We might be able to, but we would prefer to use a stock we know will run well on our press. Adhesion problems can occur when we use paper that’s not approved to run on our HP Indigo presses. We also prefer to print on a larger sheet size, at least 12”x18”. Small sheets, while easy to use on a regular at home printer, are not a standard size for use on large digital presses. We suggest waiting to decide on a paper until you’ve spoken with your printer. Request a few samples from us or come in and see what we have available. There are many different specialty papers approved for HP Indigo digital printing, we’d be happy to help you find something you’ll love.

Q: "I'm on a budget and trying to save wherever I can on my wedding printing but I don't want to sacrifice quality. What can I do to help keep costs down?"

A: There are a number of things you can do to help save a little on your printing without making it look cheap. Combining a few of your pieces together is a great choice. For example if you're going to include a card with directions and a card with reception information in your invitation package, make them into a single card with two sides instead of two separate cards. Another way to help save a little on your invitation package is to create an RSVP postcard instead of a reply card with its own envelope. Postcards mail for a cheaper rate so you'll save yourself some postage and eliminate the envelope cost. 

Q: "I'm unsure what to do about addressing all of my envelopes, I don't want to write them out myself by hand and printing labels seems tacky. What do you suggest?"

A: If you don't want to hand write out all of your addresses you have a couple of options. You can hire a calligrapher to write everything out for you or you can have the addresses printed directly on your envelopes using variable data. All we need to print the envelopes is a simple excel database. We can also match the fonts that are in your wedding package for a cohesive look. Variable data is great for more than just addresses too. We can custom print your reply cards with each guest's name so all they have to do is check a box and you don't have to decipher any messy handwriting. We've seen variable data used in a lot of creative ways for weddings. One of our favorites involved a custom menu for each guest with their name and specific meal choice printed and displayed at their table setting.

Specialty papers for wedding invitation printing.

Q: "I really want to wow my guests with my wedding package. What can you recommend that's new and different to really make my wedding printing stand out?"

A: There are a lot of things you can do to make your printed wedding materials special. One of the most exciting new trends in digital printing is the ability to print white ink on a variety of different substrates. Using colored paper with white ink will really make your wedding designs pop, and is a great way to tie in your color scheme. Specialty papers are also a great choice to make your wedding printing look different. Our HP Indigo can print on everything from pearlescent and metallic stock to more traditional textured paper like felt and linen. Specialty paper and white ink are great options to make your wedding printing memorable.

We hope this FAQ has been helpful. What else would you like to know about wedding printing? What is your favorite new trend for custom wedding invitations?


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Tags: print, digital printing, HP Indigo press, printing, variable data printing, custom printed, wedding invitations, white ink, paper, cards, invitations, personalization, wedding printing

Graphic Design Tools circa . . . #throwbackthursday

Posted by Carrie Grove on Thu, Jun 05, 2014

As promised, for your graphic design #throwbackthursday pleasure I've pulled these photos for your reflection:

Graphic Designer's Artboard ~ #throwbackthursday #tbt

Remember the old T-square and triangle or an actual artboard or pasteboard? I have to say, I do! At one time this was my desk. Used to have lots of Pantone markers too!

Typography, Waxing Galleys of Type ~ #throwbackthursday #tbt

I really enjoyed waxing galleys of type sticking them on my pasteboard and creating a mechanical to go to print. Imagine having to kern type and change leading without the mighty computer? . . . I've got to say thank goodness for Adobe Creative Suite, haha!

Graphic Designer's Tool Box ~ #throwbackthursday #tbt

Can you name all the tools on the tools palette above? The graphic designer's tools of the trade!

Thanks for taking a look back with me! Do you miss any of the old ways of designing for print?

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Tags: print, graphic design, graphic designer, pantone, printing, typography, type, #throwbackthursday, Adobe Creative Suite