Business Cards and Certificates (Free to Try, $15 to Buy, Windows) - Create stunning business cards and certificates in minutes. Includes over 70 professionally designed business card and certificate templates.
Castoway (Free to Try, $40 to Buy, Mac / Windows) - book specifications can be imported into page layout applications such as QuarkXPress and automatically generate character and parragraph styles, formatted pages with trim size and margins and left- and right-hand master pages.
Design and Print Studio (Free to Try, $15 to Buy, Mac / Windows) - The template driven application is the fastest and easiest way to go from a blank page to an eye-catching design.
Desktop Labels Deluxe (Free to Try, $15 to Buy, Mac / Windows) - Premier general purpose labeling program that provides you with a complete label, barcode and mailing list capability. Creates virtually any kind of label. Allows you to easily maintain a mailing list database and use it to generate personalized form letters.
eBook Pack Express (Free to Try, $30 - $80, Windows) - Turn you valuable information into eBooks, ezines, booklets, catalogs and/or multimedia presentations. To sell online for huge profits or to give away to generate incredible traffic to your website!
Ezypage (Free to Try, $25 to Buy, Windows) - the easiest way to design and develop a complex web page
InaMig (Free to Try, $150 to Buy, Windows) - Produce multimedia rich publications, catalogs, presentations, books, screensavers.
MultiAd Creator ($99 - $750 depending on Version, Windows /Mac) - If you develop advertising or promotional materials, MultiAd Creator is made for the way you work. This sophisticated layout software is ideal for design and production, with powerful tools to boost your efficiency and creativity.
NeoBook (Free to Try, $200 to Buy, Windows) - allows you to produce royalty-free, professional quality, electronic publications. It easily integrates text, images, sound, music, animation, interactive controls, color and other graphical elements to create stunning multimedia productions.
PageFocus (Free to Try, $29 to Buy, Windows) - An easy desktop publishing and form development.
Picture Buzz (One Month Free, $12.95 for one year subscription) -- Design Printable Greeting Cards, Calendars, Scrapbooks, Photo Printing and More
Print Designer GOLD (Free to Try, $40 to Buy, Windows) - lets you design and print great looking business cards, labels, envelopes, post cards, CD/DVD inserts, signs and more...
PublisherPro (Free to Try, $15 to Buy, Mac / Windows) - This is a low cost, high quality, full featured desktop publishing tool for the professional and novice alike.
QuarkXpress Not Shareware ($900 to
Buy, Mac / Windows) - The software that sparked a revolution
when released in 1987 is today relied upon by millions
of users worldwide. From globally distributed newspapers
and magazines, to corporate publications, books, catalogs,
and advertisements — chances are most of the printed
information you come across is designed and laid out
SignGo (Free to Try, $349 to Buy, Windows) - is the first fully featured signmaking software to be distributed as shareware. SignGo has everything you need to make professional signs with speed and ease, and now you get the chance to try before you buy - no strings!
SignGo Lite (Free to Try, $89 to Buy, Windows) - Design and produce signs easily and quickly using this lightweight software.
Typographicus ($60, Windows) - is a powerful semiprofessional DTP-Application - creating professional labels and business cards, beautiful letter papers and practical serial letters is as easy as making multi-page brochures, foto calendars of high quality and extensive magazines.
Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part II
Today we continue looking at business cards that stand out, and here’s hoping you get some inspiration and ideas! After all, you only get one first impression, so your business card should be something that showcases the best of your design abilities. On Wednesday we looked at the use of interesting shapes, 3D business cards, [...]
Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part I
As a graphic designer, your business card should do more than let people know how to contact you. If you’re interested in truly making a good first impression, the business card has got to stand out. Whether through color, design, die cutting, unique materials, 3D shapes, or actual samples of your work, a stand-out business [...]
Collaborating and Negotiating: Part II
Today, we’re looking at the collaboration side of negotiation and collaboration in graphic design. Because your work is ultimately for the client, at times you as the designer must be willing to compromise to reach a mutually agreeable goal. Here are some tips to help you collaborate with clients. Ways to Collaborate Listen. On page 28 [...]
Collaborating and Negotiating: Part I
It’s there in the design brief: the problem your client wants you to solve. But whether your objective is to create an advertisement, exhibition or public announcement, sometimes you and the client aren’t quite on the same page about what exactly the best design solution is. OC Photographer asked a great question about the collaborating [...]
When Things Go Bad: 5 Tips for Firing Clients
Most graphic designers will be in a similar situation at some point: the client will not pay, the client is never satisfied with your work yet won’t collaborate to fix it, or you simply realize that you and the client are not meshing. Regardless of when and why you need to fire a client, everyone [...]
Tips for Working with Clients: Approaching the Relationship
Whether you’re looking for design classes, design degree programs, internships or first jobs, it’s important to choose an option that will help you learn clear communication, especially when it comes to designer/client relationships. Knowing how to work with clients should always be part of a successful graphic design education. The following tips can help you [...]
Working for Good: Pro Bono Design, Part II
If you’re interested in doing pro bono graphic design work, it’s important to educate yourself about smart ways to do it. Once you’ve got some guidelines, you can approach your pro bono work with creativity; unless your client specifically requests it, you don’t need to limit yourself to a brochure. Consider these ideas for pro [...]
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