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Precision Graphics Centers October 15, 2019

An adroit mixture of everyday settings and extraordinary events.
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The world of business and finance gets skewered, as Bottom Liners tackles subjects such as foreign takeovers, office policies, getting a raise, and the fast-paced world of Wall Street.
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The off-the-wall humor of Off the Mark puts a refreshing spin on the things we see every day ... from your favorite icons to your least favorite trends, from commercials to pets to computers. Slightly skewed and just a little twisted, Off the Mark scores a bull's eye with readers looking for a laugh.
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In today's complex world of family issues, Focus on the Family provides grounded, practical advice for those dealing with family problems.
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A whimsical, slice-of-life view into life's fool-hardy moments.
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Idea of
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Marketing Tip
Uncommon Product of the Week
Tech Tip

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A Message From Tom Moen
The Way I See It

Which One to Invite?

Here's a little fable that got me thinking, and I thought you would also enjoy it.

One day, a husband and wife noticed three old men with long white beards sitting in their front yard. The couple went over to them and invited them to come in and eat with them.

"We do not go into a house together," they replied. "Why is that?" the wife asked. One of the old men explained, "His name is Wealth," he said, pointing to one of his friends. Then, pointing to the other man, he said, "He is Success, and I am Love." Then he added, "Take a moment to discuss which one of us you'd like to invite in your home."

Perplexed, the couple went back inside, and the husband said, "Let's invite Wealth. It would be great if he could fill our home with wealth!" The wife disagreed and said, "I think we should invite Success." Meanwhile, their daughter was listening, and jumped in with her suggestion: "Would it not be better to invite Love? How wonderful to have our home filled with even more love!"

The family agreed, and they went outside and asked, "Which one of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest." All three men started walking toward the house. Surprised, the wife said, "But I only invited Love?" The old men replied, "If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would've stayed out, but since you invited Love,wherever he goes, we get to go with him."

Tom Moen
Idea of the Week
Add Some Sparkle to Your Next Design With the Illustrator Symbolism Tool

Symbols are art objects that can be used multiple times in Adobe Illustrator documents. Imagine creating effortless, eye-catching designs simply by using typography, shapes, colors, and a few simple effects. That's the power the symbolism tool provides. Using predesigned symbols will save you time and open doors to some very interesting techniques you can apply to your current design projects.

To get started with the symbolism tool, click the Windows tab located in the top menu bar and select Symbols. A new menu box designated just for symbols will appear. This is where you'll find all of the preprogrammed symbols available to use. Existing symbols in the program's library include symbols that lend themselves to nature, shapes, business, sports, and much more.

Open the Symbols Library and select the symbols you'd like to work with, then prepare to have some fun with the symbol sprayer tool. Select Symbol Sprayer from the Tools menu on the left-hand side of your screen.

Determine where you want your symbols to go, and simply click on that area of the canvas to add the selected symbols to your document.

Sure, you can click once and only have a single instance of the selected symbols appear, but the symbol sprayer is so much more fun than that! The sprayer works on your digital canvas similar to a can of spray paint. Click and hold your mouse button, and multiple instances of the same objects will appear. Move the cursor around the canvas to place the objects in different locations as the tool sprays. In a matter of seconds, your canvas will be covered in objects.

Placing symbols on the canvas is only the beginning. There's so much more digital design fun to have with Illustrator's symbolism tool. Other functions available when working with the symbolism tool include:

Working with Illustrator's symbolism tool is fun and easy. It's a great way to add a lot of life to a design without much time or effort. Imagine creating an ocean full of fish or a field full of butterflies almost instantly.

Just be careful. It's easy to get carried away. So no matter what your design project calls for, keep the Illustrator symbolism tool in mind. It's a secret weapon every designer should have in their arsenal.

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Marketing Tip
Case Study Questions

Customer case studies and success stories are powerful ways to promote your business and explain your solution from a customer perspective.

Here are a few questions to consider asking when creating your next success story:

  • How did you hear about our solution

  • What were your pain points before using our solution

  • Which alternative solutions were you considering, and why did you choose our solution over the competition

  • What roadblocks did we help you overcome

  • Has this solution saved money or increased productivity

  • Was there anything about our solution that surprised you

  • What have you been most impressed with since working with our team/using our product

  • Can you measure any time savings or revenue increase since using our solution

  • What is your advice to others who might be considering our solution

If you need assistance or ideas for designing a case study that will look amazing in print and digital, our creative team would love to help!

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Uncommon Product
Accordion Fold Brochures

If you’re looking for a fresh, new way to design your marketing materials, you may want to consider accordion fold brochures! With the right layout and creative folds, a simple piece of paper can transform into an interactive customer experience.

An accordion fold brochure features a simple and cost-effective design that accommodates several panels and eliminates the added expense of binding and stapling. The accordion-fold design usually has two or more parallel folds that result in the sheet opening like a fan, giving you as much room as you need to promote different products and services.

An accordion fold can be used on nearly any size document, providing flexibility and versatility for a unique design that will help your marketing piece stand out from the crowd.

If you’d like help creating the perfect accordion fold brochure your audience will love, give us a call today!

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Tech Tip
Watch Netflix Offline

Did you know Netflix offers the ability to download select movies and TV shows to your mobile device so that you can watch them later offline

Here’s how:
First, download the most up-to-date version of the Netflix app. You’ll also need an internet connection and enough storage space on your mobile device to accommodate file downloads. The amount of storage required depends on how long the title is and the resolution it was downloaded in (standard or high).

Select the title you would like, and tap the Downloads icon on the description page. For TV shows, the download icon will appear next to each available episode. Once the title has completed downloading, you can access it from the My Downloads section of the app. If you don’t see a download option, the title you have chosen may not be available for download. Some titles are off-limits at the request of the networks behind them.

After downloading your titles, remember they can only be watched on the device you downloaded the title on. In addition, Netflix titles have different expiration times. Movies and TV shows that expire from your device in less than seven days will display how much time is left in the My Downloads section of the app. For select movies and shows, offline viewing must be completed within 48 hours of the moment you press play.

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