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  1. 1 point
    I have used vistaprint several times. Mostly business cards. Yes, they want 300 DPI. But, if you make your card big enough, then use a 3rd party program to change the resolution to 300 DPI, it works fine. At least for me. You have to remember. TC7 is not a full fledged graphics editing program. It was created to make 'web' graphics. 300 DPI is simply not required for that. As I said, it can do print, and do a fine job. It just takes a little work around.
  2. 1 point
    I'm pretty sure the following is 100% accurate.... It really wouldn't make any difference if you could export it as a pdf for one reason: exports are only done at 72 ppi. You can only stretch an image with 72ppi so far before you get distortion to the image- scaling a 6 x 6" image up to 4 x 4 feet for example. Equate it with a ball of pizza dough. You can only make the pizza crust so big before it starts to thin out and tear apart. Now, with a program that works with vector images, you typically can define the resolution (the ppi) of the exported image. There is no reason to export an image at a resolution of 1200 ppi if it's just for web use--- 72 ppi works fine. With a vector program you can export an image as a pdf typically, and it reduces the file size quite a bit, without a loss of quality. I have such a program, and I can export an image as high as 4800dpi, and as a pdf. PDF file are great to use when you have a large document with multiple images and lots of text--- the document is compressed to the pdf format without a loss of quality to the images. That's why a MS publisher document- such as a flyer, may be 16MB in size in publisher, but only 3MB in size as a pdf. Because the creator uses raster images (png and jpg), those exported images are exported at a resolution (72 ppi) which works fine for websites, and other generic uses where the final image is displayed on the web. The limiting factor in having the image able to export as a pdf is the original image resolution- which is only 72 ppi. Many users seem to think that having images exportable as pdf's is a "solution" to print large graphics at a high resolution. Multiply the image size, lets call it 500 x 500. That results in 250,000 bytes of info to work with at 72ppi- the output of the creator. Triple that size to 1500 x 1500. You would think that's only 3 times the info to work with, however, it's actually 10 times the amount of data when compared to the 500 x 500 canvas size, or 2,500,000 bytes of info to work with.
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    Even with the setting of 3300 x 3300 your image will only export at a size of 2880 x 2880---- at a 300 dpi output that limits the max size to 9.6 inches square. For 300 dpi output every 300 in canvas size will print at one inch at a resolution of 300 PPI. Nww if you stick with being ok with a 72 dpi (which will look ok printed) you can go as large as 38.4 inches square. Most commercial printers will balk at processing such a low res image--- which is why I always say every 300 in canvas size will print at 1 inch at 300 ppi. a canvas 1800 x 1800 will print at 6 inches square at 300 ppi for example.
  4. 1 point
    I routinely use a canvas in the configuration needed and resize it afterwards. A great FREE resizer for PC is http://bluefive.pairsite.com/pixresizer.htm. A worthwhile tool to have on your computer,
  5. 1 point
    You need to go to the canvas format and uncheck. You may not be able to size exactly to your needs and will have to use a resizing program . Depending on your needs you may need to have the file made into a vectored file. Here is an aide for your sizing needs. Bookmark it https://www.convertworld.com/en/
  6. 1 point
    I recently discovered, while exploring / testing that if you put 700 templates in your MY TEMPLATES folder the software will only see the first 100.....
  7. 1 point
    That's not possible- sub directories of template Libraries. It's a feature of the elements library. WHAT EVERYONE DOES THOUGH: gather up all the templates related to a project. Put them all in the same folder. Put that folder in your logo libraries directory. Doing that requires a bit of work using your file explorer, not tuff though. Currently I have over 100 templates in my actual "My templates" library- it's generally thought to be a good idea to keep it below 100---, myself, I've put 700 templates in there as a test, and had no problem. Doing up a set of images for a project? Only work on one project at a time? This following method will work for you.. Rename your MY TEMPLATES FOLDER- TUCK IT AWAY. Make all your graphics for that project. When done: go into your file explorer and give the MY TEMPLATES directory a new name "Steve's web site" or whatever you choose. You then put that newly renamed folder into your LOGO LIBRARIES directory. Doing so allows you to see thumbnails of your completed projects right in the program. The next time you use the program, the MY TEMPLATES folder gets created automatically when you make something.
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    "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!
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    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.
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