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  2. BUSINESS CARD SIZE FORMATTING 101

    It's ok to have images outside the "bleed line" but not text- if you do have text that appears outside the bleedline it stands a good change of getting "cutoff"- litterally cut off when the cards are printed and cut.
  3. Last week
  4. "Formatting Business Card templates 101" Class in now in session... The business card templates themselves are huge- more than 3 times the size of a business card if measured just in pixels. They print up nice because of that: their big size "fools" the commercial printers into thinking it's set up at a resolution of 300dpi. Because the original template size is so big, when it is fitted into a regular size business card template, such as whats found on vista print) their software thinks it's at 300 dpi. Now there area couple of things that you don't mention: 1. Using one of the premade templates. 2. If you just got a "business card size in pixels" (about 350 x 200) and used that, making a business card from scratch- which would result in pixellation when uploaded to a commercial printer such as vista print. IF YOU WANT 300 DPI: format the canvas like this: every 300 in size will result in 1 inch printed at 300 dpi. Following that guidline you would format a blank canvas to 1050 x 600, and go from there. Now the Premade business card templates from Laughingbird are bigger than those values, which is fine: they (the premade business card templates) are proportionally correct. Users sometimes will look inside the folder containing a completed template and see a thumbnail of the completed project, which is only used by the program to display your project when looking in the "my templates" directory-- and typically only has a size of about 300 x 111. They see that completed image and upload it to vista print, thinking all is good. If you used a business card template, or selected the business card choice shown below, and used that exported image, your image will be just dandy! NOW FOR USERS IN COUNTRIES THAT HAVE DIFFERENT BUSINESS CARD SIZES, AND PRINTING SERVICES (Such as vistaprint UK): You will have to manually adjust the template size to get your final product to proportionally fit the business card size which is standard to your country (Such as what is used in Great Britain). When you do that the red bleed line should be ignored- the size of the bleed line does not change- it's static: it's size is set to the U.S. standard business card size of 2" by 3.5". A little math is all it takes to get the right canvas size. YOU WILL ALSO NEED TO DO SOMETHING ELSE: You have to "uncheck" the business card size choice found under the format canvas menu--- leaving it checked locks the canvas size- it cant be adjusted. THINKING IN TERMS OF 300DPI OUTPUT: every 12 in value of canvas size is 1/8th of an inch which is equal to 3.75mm is size--- keeping that in mind will make manually adjusting the template size easy for non U.S. commercial printers. FOR NON U.S. USERS: Make a blank business card template with the correct size for your country, add a little text (even just one word will work) and save it. MOVE THAT TEMPLATE FOLDER OUT OF YOUR "MY TEMPLATES" DIRECTORY, AND PUT IT INTO ANOTHER TEMPLATE DIRECTORY- OR CREATE A NEW FOLDER IN YOUR "LOGO LIBRARIES" FOLDER, and store it there Doing so will result in a template that cannot be overwritten, just like a regular template. Your will never have to do the math, set things up for your country, select or un-select things! Class is over!
  5. Hi, I am Mustapha.

  6. Hello from Canada

    Welcome to the forum Sue. We look forward to seeing your graphics creations. Jerome
  7. Hello Everyone!

    Welcome to the forum.
  8. You should get a fresh download from your Members account and install as usual. If you don't have a members account send a receipt and get one setup for you by Marc or Lisa. They will set you up with a password at the same time.The Members account is the new way of getting your downloads now. It was setup as the NEW download portal in March 2015. https://www.laughingbirdsoftware.com/members/ Click on the question mark icon to send email request and receipt.
  9. Hi I like to reinstall Creator software into my new laptop. What should I do???? .
  10. Paulb Webdesigns

    Is the site ranking relevant to web design?
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  12. Which Laughingbird graphic template pack is the easiest to create a marketing graphic? My choice... the Flat Graphics templates! Flat design makes it easy for people like me, with no formal graphic design training, to manipulate objects... and the templates are right on (so there's less modification needed). Below are some of the templates to choose from, as well as a couple of my own creations using the flat graphics (and the same template!). Which templates are your favorites?
  13. Sad Duck - Creations using TC7

    Just some more graphics I've done up. TC7 is very cool and very easy to use! Sad Duck
  14. Hi Creatorpreneurs Here's a cool technique I wanted to share with you while using The Logo Creator software Launch the software and create a black canvas. Add some white text using a really thick font. Find an image that is really colorful, but contains black silhouettes of the subject. Drag the image from your desktop over onto the text. You can then move this image around a bit using the COLOR button from the left side panel! And here is your final image! Modify it anyway you wish!
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  16. Re: Problem

    If you are saying that you added the logo to your library, and can see it in the directory on your computer, but not in TC7 ... then check and make sure that the file extension is lower case ( ie.. .png and not .PNG ) That does make a difference! Other than that. You can use File/Import png or jpg to add the logo to your canvas. It does not have to come from a built in library. Let me know if that helps, or if you need more information.
  17. Re: Problem

    Hello, seems I've got a problem. I had a logo(my initials) made on fiverr in png and imported it to a logo I made on creator, It worked okay on one logo, but I had another one and deleted an element to replace it with this logo(initials) and I imported it, but it just disappears and where it goes I haven't a clue, but I see it in the lb library. Any idea to get it to work for me and not disappear. I think I'll delete it out of the library and then reimport...is that doable? Regardless, just trying to add it to a logo I made..
  18. Laughingbird Software's $20 ANY product Sale!

    Wow! Thanks for the heads-up Brad! It is much appreciated!
  19. Laughingbird Software's $20 ANY product Sale!

    FYI, it appears the Mockup sales page has messed up code and should be fixed.
  20. Hello Everyone!

    Welcome! Any questions be sure to ask! If you look around the forum there are some pretty nifty FREE graphics to be had. Several users have uploaded freebies so be sure and check them all out!
  21. Here is my take on things. First, are you a Windows or MAC user? If you are on a MAC, well, best do as Katie says! If you are a Windows user ... Your files are located at c:\Program Files (x86) Refer to Fig. 1 I did not uninstall/delete anything in reality. I simply renamed the directories so that the files would not be accessed. Works fine. However, you can delete if you want to. ( After you make an archive backup of the directories! ) Simply delete ( DO NOT uninstall! ) the directories you no longer want. Your templates and graphics are stored in your \My Documents\Laughingbird Documents\ directory and should remain there. If you have made a backup, and things do not work out for whatever reason, simply restore your directory from the backup. Thumb drives are cheap these days, please make a backup! Fig 1: Fig 2:
  22. Here is Marc's words on the subject found on the Knowledge base. http://laughingbirdsoftware.helpscoutdocs.com/article/83-now-that-ive-updated-to-version-70-what-should-i-do-with-version-68
  23. So here is what I have on my machine in the "Uninstall programs" folder.
  24. Yes, I understand the difference between deleting an icon and uninstalling a program. What I'm trying to say is that wen I actually uninstalled TLC 6.0, it basically uninstalled everything else and nothing would work until I reinstalled it. Right now, I currently have 3 versions of TLC on my machine. I have 6.0, 6.8. and The Creator 7. If I load up 6.0, it does not load The Creator 7 with all it's features, it loads 6.0. If I run version 6.8, it loads version 6.8 and all of it's features. Features from The creator 7 will not be present if I load up either one of those installs. I basically have 3 different installs on my machine. I can delete the icons for 6.0 and 6.8. but that will only delete the icons, it will not uninstall either one of those programs. They will both still be on my machine with all their files. Basically, what I'm trying to find out is what will happen if I were to actually uninstall 6.0 and 6.8 (not just delete the icons)? Would it affect The Creator 7 install like it did last time?
  25. SIMPLY put the program doesn't overwrite itself. Never has. It looks for the file....then sees it as being there and adds only the new files.....so it is on your machine 1 time. There is a huge difference between deleting an icon and uninstalling, It is why a clean install must be done from the start when you delete the program. There is no content if the V6.8 is deleted.
  26. Actually, all 3 programs are still on my machine. I could delete the icons but that would not remove the program itself. In other words, I still have all 3 applications installed. If I click on the 6.0 icon, it will load version 6.0, etc.
  27. Why not just delete the icons? The program is installed just once but shows the multiple icons.
  28. I made the mistake of uninstalling version 6 when version 6.8 came out. This basically uninstalled all of the add-ons I had bought and many of the graphics that came with version 6. Luckily, the fix was pretty easy. I simply re-installed version 6 and everything came back as normal and I could use version 6.8. Right now, I currently have version 6, version 6.8, and version 7 on my computer and I do not want to uninstall any of them for fear of losing my template packs again and having to go through reinstalling version 6 again. I would love to remove versions 6 and 6.8 from my machine to free up some space, but not sure if this would cause an issue. Maybe Marc can shed some light on the subject. Is it safe to delete versions 6 and 6.8 once you have The Creator 7 installed? Will it affect any of the add-ons/template packs? It's not that big of a deal since the app is pretty lightweight anyway, but extra space is extra space
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