Creating PDFs for Printing

By Gary D’Atrio

If you are a graphic designer creating a document that will be printed by a commercial offset or digital print provider like Newark Trade, it is recommended that you provide a “print ready” PDF. This will ensure that there are no problems with fonts, linked images or special characters as long as the PDF is made properly. Here are the steps needed to create a “print ready” PDF from the most widely used page layout app, Adobe InDesign, using PDF presets.

Don’t forget the bleed and crop marks!
This is the most important, and most overlooked, step that should be addressed at the start of the project. Anything on the page that goes up to the trim edge should be set up with a .125” bleed. For more on bleeds, see my previous blog: https://www.newarktrade.com/blog/2018/02/21/by-gary-datrio/

PDF Presets
Adobe InDesign comes with several PDF presets that will cover most of the print and web scenarios you will encounter. The PDF/X-1a:2001 setting is good for 4-color offset printing since it converts the file to CMYK using the US – Web Coated (SWOP) color profile. The High Quality Print setting is good for digital printing that is toner or inkjet based. But both of those presets lack what I mentioned about above: Don’t forget the bleed and crop marks!

Create New Presets
To save you time in the future, I would recommend creating two new presets based on the previous two mentioned. While exporting a PDF, choose the High Quality Print in the PDF Presets. In the left column choose Marks and Bleeds. Click on the Crop Marks, Page Information, and the Use Document Bleed Settings options. In the lower left, click on the Save Preset… button and name it High Quality Crops. Do the same steps starting with the PDF/X-1a preset.

Now you are prepared to send your “print ready” PDF to either an offset or digital printer confident that it will be trouble-free and accurate.

Not Far From Home

By Bobby DePasquale

After spending more than 30 years in the software development field, successfully fulfilling various job roles across multiple industries, I now find myself at a creative digital marketing agency focusing on print, visual marketing solutions and the pharmaceutical industry. Although my job “world” may have changed, I am finding that the concepts and practices used in software development can also be applied here at Newark Trade.

For instance, instead of software coding standards (a set of guidelines, programming styles and conventions that developers adhere to when writing source code for a project) and best current practices (work procedures which are considered to be the most effective for performing a specific task or process), I now focus on pharmaceutical standards and FDA guidelines when proofreading pharmaceutical label pieces (e.g., full prescribing information (PI) sheets, medication guides, patient instructions), that are designed here at Newark Trade. Although the standards and guidelines differ between what I used in my previous career and what I now use, conceptually they are similar.

Software development is driven by a product requirements document – an outlined set of statements that, collectively, define what the product should do, and how it is expected to function under certain conditions and variables. Developers write software code to match the requirements. Testers formulate test cases that can be traced back to specific requirements. This traceability ensures that all requirements have been met; i.e., “Did we build the product right?” Work is managed according to a particular software development process methodology, such as Waterfall or Agile. At Newark Trade, we follow an Agile-like methodology for larger scale custom design projects – most notably for a recent web page redesign project – where we develop requirements, design according to those requirements, write/execute test cases, and perform requirements traceability. For our pharmaceutical work, we employ client style sheets when designing/proofreading drug label pieces. These client style sheets are similar in concept to requirements documents in that they provide guidance as to how the completed pharmaceutical deliverable is expected to look.

Software testing and quality assurance in the software development realm are synonymous with proofreading and quality control in the Newark Trade realm. Each are associated with the back end of the process. Each represents the last line of defense before the designed product is placed into the hands of the customer/client. Software testers execute test cases as many times as necessary until management is confident that the test results consistently reflect expected outcomes. At Newark Trade, pharmaceutical pieces are triple-proofread to ensure confidence that our designed copy matches the FDA-approved source. Also, each printed product undergoes thorough quality control measures before being delivered to the client.

So, here is what I have learned from this career change: though I may have left the confines of the software development world, at Newark Trade I have found that I am really not far from “home.”

Pets in the Workplace

By Lillian Mondaro

When the concept of pets within a professional environment is mentioned, we often think of feel good stories about colleges and universities offering stressed students time with therapy animals. Pets, however, are becoming more commonplace within offices and other businesses, integrating themselves into company culture.

Having pets in the workplace can be a boon and a challenge. There are many different aspects to consider before incorporating a furry friend into your work team. Here are just a few (in no particular order):

  • People with allergies
  • How well-behaved the pet in question is
  • Who will be responsible for the pet’s health and well-being while in the office and after hours

Some benefits to having a pet in the office are:

  • Stress relief/morale boost
  • Healthier employees

If you’re office is considering the addition of a pet to your workplace, consider the pros and cons carefully while following all relevant company policies.

For more information about the challenges and benefits of having a pet in your workplace, check out Bridget Miller’s article on HR Daily Advisor entitled “Pros and Cons of Allowing Pets at Work”: https://tinyurl.com/yyd2c3t9

Do you have a pet in your workplace? Share your photos below and tell us all about them and how they are included in the day-to-day operations of your office.

3 Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Next Trade Show Exhibit

By Robin Kantor

There is a seemingly endless list of expenses associated with a trade show. These include the booth rental, the displays, collateral material, promotional giveaways, staffing, shipping, and possible hotel expenses. Any way that you can make your dollar go farther is a big help.

  1. Reuse your pop-up banner stand. The hardware is a major part of the expense. As long as you don’t order an inexpensive, disposable one on-line, you can just swap out an outdated graphic for a new one. Sometimes the end of the graphic can snap back inside the stand’s base. Should this happen, you’ll find it difficult to pull the graphic back out. Consider bringing your stand to a professional, like Newark Trade for example, to change your banner for you when necessary.
  2. Consider easily portable options when possible. Whether it is a table-top display or a mini-banner, anything that stays with you will get there with you. No stressing about shipping costs or damages en route.
  3. Bring an array of extension cords. Light is so attractive that it will draw people to your area. When you bring your own heavy-duty cords, you’ll know that your lighting can be powered. Also, duct tape to cover them up and keep them in place, which will help keep your guests from tripping on them. Bringing your own saves having to get what you need last minute at exorbitant prices near the exhibition hall.

Bonus Tip: Bring comfortable shoes. You can easily spend hours on your feet, and comfortable shoes could save money on a trip to the podiatrist when you get back home.

 

Riding the Adult Coloring Book Craze Wave

By Patty Jurado

The complete package that we sent to clients.

Our 2016 Coloring Calendar was right on target for the coloring craze. The concept was rolled out in May 2015 based on all the articles we were reading regarding popular interests and sales, so we took the idea and incorporated it into our annual calendar.

Rounding up the most graphic and interesting pictures taken by our staff, converting them into illustrations, considering the right paper for coloring and how each picture would look in black and white, were some of the steps Newark Trade addressed in the production. Coloring pencils were included with the box sent to our clients so they could begin the fun immediately. A custom-made label to match our theme finished off the package. Adding to the fun, a coloring contest was added for our customers to share their monthly creations on our website.

An animated GIF giving an example of how to color the calendar.

We also developed short GIF videos, demonstrating and reminding our clients to submit their colored pages for a monthly contest via e-blast. The calendar was also available on our website as a PDF to share with anyone visiting the site.

Our clients responded with enthusiasm upon sending in their entries. Funny stories were shared. For instance, one client had already colored in her calendar but her children wanted to color some pages too, so she printed more copies from our website. She was able to enjoy her own artistry and the kids were also entertained. Here is a link to download your own copy of the calendar to color: 2016 Calendar

Staying current and adding fun to our promotional materials have always been a winning combination for Newark Trade with awards year after year from the NJ Ad Club for calendar design. We would love the opportunity to strategize and design your next promotional piece.

Clickable Paper – Print Working with Digital

by Joe Tallman

Using the Clicker phone app, scan the printed piece.

Clickable Paper is a powerful, interactive solution that combines print with digital by using visual search image recognition software. It is an exciting addition to multi-channel campaigns for attracting attendees to participate in events. Some examples of printed materials that can be made Clickable include manuals, statements, magazines, brochures, welcome kits, and posters. It also includes analytics to improve campaign responses and return on investment. Clickable is a free mobile application that can be downloaded or it can be skinned into an existing mobile application.

The app will then display several options for digital files such as websites, videos, direction maps or PDFs.

Additional services offered with Clickable Paper include gamification and photo sharing tools.

Stamp Rally encourages attendees to tally up Click captures to fill up their card for a chance to win a prize.

Slot Machine allows users to bring up a digitized version of the classic casino game, offering a chance to win prizes.

Frame allows users to take pictures with a custom frame for the event and post the pictures to social channels like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Here is a link to a brief video on Clickable Paper
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUXHi1tIZdY

Where Will My Photos Reside?

By Gary D’Atrio

I’m at a crossroads and need your help.

For 18 years, I have stored, cataloged, and nurtured my digital photographs using Apple’s iPhoto software. The software was seamless, intuitive, and affordable. Everything was working quite fine.

Then Apple threw me a curveball: with the release of the Sierra 10.12 Mac operating system, the iPhoto app was discontinued and the Photos app was introduced. The Photos app, when compared to iPhoto, landed short of my expectations. Although I was able to find workarounds in order to cling onto my iPhoto app for a few more OS upgrades, its demise is inevitable.

So, I sought out alternatives, starting with Adobe’s PhotoShop LightRoom (now simply called LightRoom). I started copying my current iPhoto Library into Lightroom and its subsequent upgrades. Then Adobe threw me a second curveball: Lightroom would become part of Adobe’s monthly subscription plan. I hate subscription plans!

I then discovered a company called ON1, which offers Photo RAW software. The software is similar to Lightroom but includes many editing features and filters like PhotoShop. However, ON1 is a small company and I am concerned that if I move my photo library yet again, ON1 may be short-lived and I will be back on the hunt a few years from now.

Therefore, I need your suggestions to decide where my photos will reside for the next several years. Please comment on our LinkedIn or Facebook page to relate your experiences with storing and tracking your own digital photo library.

https://www.linkedin.com/company/newark-trade-digital-graphics/

https://www.facebook.com/newarktrade

Robin Kantor is Elected President of the New Jersey Advertising Club

2017-2019 NJ Ad Club President Rob Schnapp with the 2019-2021 President Robin Kantor.

At the Jersey Awards ceremony, held at The Grove in Cedar Grove on Wednesday, June 5, Robin Kantor, Business Development and Design Specialist for Newark Trade was elected to the NJ Advertising Club’s Presidency for the 2019-21 term. Robin has been involved in the Ad Club for over seven years. She started by working on the Jersey Awards Committee and joined the Board of Directors two years later. Her term as President starts in July 2019 and runs for two years.

Robin got her BFA in Communications Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, worked at various positions in NYC, such as Fairchild Publications and National Benefit Life Insurance where she was an Assistant Art Director of their in-house Art Department. Later she was the Art Director/Graphic Designer for PIP Printing in Verona, which she co-owned with her husband, Michael, for over twenty years. She has been a part of the Sales Team at Newark Trade for over nine years.

Among other organizations she has been involved with, she was a member of the PIP Printing National Image Steering Committee, is a Past President of the Verona Chamber of Commerce, and is currently a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business and Women in Golf Committees.

The Museum Of Printing: A Very Cool, Fun Place to Visit for the Entire Family

By Bob Wislocky

In the words of Walt Disney; “Never label a movie as educational” or kids won’t watch. Instead, “say it’s a true-life adventure”.

The Museum of Printing in Haverhill, MA is truly an adventure for the whole family. Kids and adults will experience the history of printing and graphics in real-time. Kids can experience the creation of hot metal printing from start to finish. They start by selecting brass dies called matrices from a case to assemble their names in a “composing stick”. A print craftsman will then insert the stick into the Ludlow display type caster. Hot metal is then squirted against the dies to create a line of type with the person’s name on it. That line of type can then be taken to another workstation where another craftsman working on the Vandercook proof press will print a “Certificate of Attendance” for that child. This experience truly proves to be an interesting “true-life adventure”.

Amazingly, many of today’s children have never seen a typewriter. At the MOP they can compose some “texts” on typewriter paper to give the message to their friends when they get home. Hitting the “send” button is certainly much faster.

The Museum isn’t a static place; it is alive with history where attendees can participate in working with technologies that were state of the art for over 500 years. Kids have fun sampling the older technologies as they compare their iPhones, Macs and PC’s to the way it was previously done.

All communication devices that we use today can have their roots traced back to Gutenberg; from his invention of moveable, metal hand type all the way to the Mac, iPhone, PC and beyond. Connecting the dots along the graphic communications timeline can truly serve as an “Aha Moment”.

So if you are visiting New England this Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring, be sure to stop by the Museum of Printing in Haverhill, MA for an experience you will not forget.

Here’s the information to contact the Museum of Printing:
Museum of Printing
15 Thorton Avenue
Haverhill, MA 01832
Email: info@museumofprinting.org
Website: www.museumofprinting.org

PS – Below are two photos. The first photo was taken at the MOP in 2007 of my granddaughter and me sitting down at the Mergenthaler Linotype line-casting machine. She was 4 months old. (My cousin Bob was standing behind us.)

 

The second photo was taken with my granddaughter in March 2019 at the same Linotype machine at the MOP. My granddaughter is now 12 years old.

By the way, she had a terrific time at the Museum with me.

Robin Kantor is a Guest on NJBIA “Other People’s Business” Podcast

Vinnie Civitillo (left) and Kate Conroy (right) are joined by Special Guest Robin Kantor of Newark Trade.

The NJ Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) helps businesses with advocacy, advice, networking, health issues and other benefits. Newark Trade has been a member since 1964!

They recently reached out to our Business Development and Design Specialist Robin Kantor to be a guest on their every-other-week podcast/video which is recorded in their Trenton office. Robin talks about Newark Trade’s past history and future endeavors. Click on either link below to take a look or a listen!

Podcast: https://www.njbia.org/category/other-peoples-business/
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UXlx7cIlEo