Print Templates at Home with Designer Toolbox

November 26, 2011 at 11:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art, Craft Corner | Leave a comment

Hello, faithful readers!

It’s the Imikimi team here! The road to becoming a talented, successful artist or designer is certainly a difficult one. And that road can often become a little bumpy without a little help along the way. And so today, we hope to lend you a hand in sharing with you another important resource, Designers Toolbox.

The toolbox is a reference site full of templates for designers. Sporting a minimalist interface, you’re not going to be bombarded with ads or get lost in endless, nested navigation menus. Only what you need is here, helping you improve your web and print designs.

Let’s face it: working with numbers can be a chore at best. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be! Dimensions are a necessary aspect of print design, albeit a confusing one. Designers Toolbox’s purpose is to take care of all that hard stuff for you. Want to create a business card, but not quite sure of the size it needs to be? The toolbox has a template for that. Want to print out a 3-fold brochure? It’s got that too. What about website design templates? Yep! Even far more obscure templates exist, such as those for creating your own envelopes.

Upon visiting the site, you will see several different links bringing you to several different templates within that category. Let’s click on “DVD and CD Label.” You will now see the available templates. With these, you can print your own stickers to place on CD’s to give them that professional look, and custom inserts for the case. Click on “Jewel Case Covers” and you will be taken to more variants for that template. In this instance, you can choose how many pages you would like the cover to be, and the orientation for the folds. Download the attached .eps file, open in your favorite vector editing software such as Illustrator, and print!

Does the phrase “lorem ipsum” ring any bells? It’s a fairly obscure term to most, but one that’s well known to designers. To put it simply, lorem ipsum is dummy text. Text whose only purpose is to fill up space. By using dummy text, you don’t have to worry about writing paragraphs of text. Just copy and paste the dummy text and focus on the rest of the design, worrying about inserting text lastly. This will help you get the right flow for incorporating text and images together. Use the “Lorem Ipsum Generator” to generate as much as you need!

We’d like to sincerely thank you for taking the time to visit the Imikimi blog! We hope to have passed along a helpful tool that will assist you in design. As an idea, try printing out one of the Kimis you’ve created, then print one of the unique envelope templates, and send it to a loved one as a gift!

Thanks again and we’ll see you soon!

Best Wishes,
The Imikimi Team

“The details are not the details. The details make the design.” — Charles Eames


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