Friday, February 25, 2011

The New Facebook Pages Layout

It seems like every time you turn around, Facebook is changing, constantly. Facebook's most recent change is converting all current Facebook Pages to a new layout. You may or may not have switched your page to the new layout, if you haven' have until next Tuesday, March 1st to do so, otherwise Facebook will do it for you. So what changes have been made to Facebook Pages?

Facebook pages now have a new layout, which resembles a Facebook profile very closely. Following is an overview of the changes:

  • Instead of tabs, users can use links to navigate around a page. The links are less restrictive then tabs because they allow for longer "tab titles."
  • There is now a photostrip on the top of each page. Five of the most recent pictures you either uploaded or were tagged in will be displayed across the top of your page. 
  • Pages can now like other pages!
  • You can now feature page administrators/owners on your page.
  • Admins can now use Facebook as a page - they can post and comment around the site under their page.
  • You can see a news feed from the pages that you like.
  • Facebook provides recommendations for pages you might like.
Examples of the new features of Facebook Pages.
Josh Constine goes into detail about the changes to Facebook pages in his article, "Facebook Pages Redesign 2011: All You Need to Know." Check it out!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Product of the Week: Labels, Labels, Labels!

Labels come in all shapes and sizes, different colors and varied uses.  The category of label is broad and offers many marketing options, the following are just a few examples:

  • bumper stickers
  • die cut vinyl and domed decals
  • window clings
  • shipping labels
  • tamper evident
Labels can be an effective way to promote your business or cause, for more information and pricing please give us a call at 402.379.0616.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Doin' Your Own Thing

It's fun to be creative and try one's hand at design, especially when it comes to something personal like wedding invitations or business cards.  Many people work on Microsoft computers, using the readily accessible programs like Word, Publisher, Excel, and Powerpoint.  However, most graphic designers and print companies use Mac computers and getting the 2 systems to mesh can be time consuming and costly.  Here are some tips to let you be creative and stay on budget:

  • give your printer a hard copy printout to compare with your electronic file
  • save your file in .pdf format
  • allow for extra time in the pre-flight process, working out the bugs may not allow for same day turn-around

Monday, February 21, 2011

What to Cook, Bake, or in General to Make Wednesdays

My mom makes these, and I love them!

Pumpkin, Apple, Streusel Muffins

2 1/2 c. flour
2 c. sugar
1 Tb. pumpkin spice
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 c. pumpkin
1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 c. pealed apples - chopped

Streusel topping:
2 Tb. flour
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tb butter

Mix your flour, sugar, spices, soda and salt together. Set aside.
In a separate bowl mix eggs, pumpkin, oil and apples.
Combine your wet ingredients with your dry.
Put in greased muffin tins.
Sprinkle with streusel topping.
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes.
Let cool and enjoy!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Item of the Week: Wedding Invitations

    February is National Weddings Month.

You can get all the printing needs for your wedding from Big Red Printing!
We have custom wedding invitations, envelopes, RSVP cards, accommodation cards and direction cards.
You can also have us print your wedding programs, napkins, party favors and "Thank You" cards.
You can order colors (including full color) and styles to match your wedding theme. 

Please contact us if you have any questions, need a quote, or if you would like to place an order.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Printing With Bleeds

    A "bleed" is printing that goes all the way to the edge of the page. Printed items that have a white border do NOT bleed.
    If you have a job you want printed with bleeds, the file must be created larger than the final cut size, because, we create bleeds, by cutting through the enlarged image.
    To create a bleed, we require that your document be 0.125" larger on all four sides. Example: if you are printing a post card, and you would like the final size to be 4 x 6, then the size with bleeds (bleed size) will be 4.25" x 6.25".
    When creating your file, start by making your document equal to the bleed size. Then place guides (in most graphics programs there are visual guides.) 0.125" from each edge. These guides are where the document/card will be cut. Anything you want to bleed must extend past your guides, if it does not, white may show around the edges of your finished product.
   You can also have our graphic designer set up your documents or cards. Just mention when you order that you would like it to bleed off the edge.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What to Cook, Bake, or in General to Make Wednesdays

This is a great sweet treat for your Valentine! We've made these for various "Big Red" events, and they're always eaten. (recipe from

     Easy Oreo Truffles 

1 (16oz) package OREO cookies, divided
1 (8oz) package Cream Cheese, softened
2 (8oz) packages Baker's Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, melted

1. Crush 9 of the cookies to fine crumbs in food processor; reserve for later use. (Cookies can also be finely crushed in a resealable plastic bag, using a rolling pin.) Crush remaining cookies to fine crumbs; place in medium bowl. Add cream cheese; mix until well blended. Roll cookie mixture into 42 balls, about 1-inch in diameter.
2. Dip balls in chocolate; place on wax paper-covered baking sheet. (any left over chocolate can be stored at room temperature for another use.) Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs.
3. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store leftover truffles, covered, in refrigerator.

*How to easily dip truffles - Place truffle ball in melted chocolate to coat; roll if necessary. Lift truffle from chocolate using two forks (this will allow excess chocolate to run off) before placing on wax paper.
*Variation - Instead of coating in Baker's chocolate, use white almond bark, mix with food coloring, to make your truffles red and pink for Valentine's Day! (Sprinkles are also a fun touch.)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Converting Text to Outlines – A Must for Press-Ready Files

Many times fonts can cause problems when files are sent to the press. This is why it is essential that you convert the text in your documents to outlines before sending us your files. Even if you are sending a PDF of a document you have created in a different program…make sure to outline the text in that program before saving it as a PDF.  The reason that fonts need to be outlined is because if you have used a font that we don’t have, the document will not print correctly.

How to Convert Text to Outlines in Adobe Illustrator and InDesign*

Select/select all (it is okay if both graphics and text are highlighted)
Go to Type > Create Outlines

(Above) Top: No Outlines, Bottom: Outlines
How to Convert Text to Outlines in Microsoft Publisher*

Page Setup > Printer > Paper Tab
Select your PDF Printer
Properties > uncheck “Do not send fonts to “Adobe PDF”

*Before converting your text to outlines, make sure to do a save as (ex. ABC – outlines). You want to do a save as because once you convert the text to outlines and save the document, you will not be able to edit it. Therefore keep the original file in case you need to make changes to it in the future.

How can you check to see if you have successfully outlines your fonts?

If you open the PDF and can highlight the text as you would in any text editing program, the fonts have not been outlines.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Why Superbowl Commercials Stick

“A sticky idea is understood, it’s remembered, and it changes something." – Chip and Dan Heath

With Superbowl Sunday only a couple days away, we’re all waiting in anticipation for the commercials! (And the game if you are a diehard Cheesehead from Wisconsin like I am!) Companies spend millions of dollars on commercials, how can they manage to make their 10 to 30-second message stick in our minds?

Chip and Dan Heath’s book, “Made to Stick,” offers some insight on why ideas, such as Superbowl commercials, stick in our minds! The reason these commercials stick in our heads is because all sticky ideas have one or all of the six principles of a sticky idea. These sticky principles are simple, unexpected, concrete, credible, emotion and stories.

I have briefly summarized the principles of sticky ideas below, but to help you get started, I recommend that you read the book “Made to Stick” by Chip and Dan Heath. Also be sure to check out their resources online at: The book is full stories and a wealth of information about the six principles of stickiness!

Principle 1 – Simple
Find the core message you want your audience to remember and keep it simple by using prioritization and analogies!

Principle 2 - Unexpected
You need to keep people interested in your idea by teasing or flirting an idea and making your audience want more.

Principle 3 - Concrete
Use sensory language and paint a mental picture with your idea.

Principle 4 - Credible
Remember the old saying, “You have to see it to believe it!” Help your experience your idea. Another way of adding credibility to your idea is to use statistics. According to Dan and Heath, you should focus on the relationship, not the numbers.

Principle 5 - Emotional
Use your idea to play to people’s emotions.  Emotional ideas will make people feel something and care about your idea.

Principle 6 - Stories
Tell your idea with a story. Stories are memorable and will help people personally connect with your idea.  Stories cause mental stimulation.

Now that you know the six principles of sticky ideas, get started and get your ideas to stick in the minds of your customers! As you watch the Superbowl commercials this weekend, see if you can see which principle(s) the advertising is using to make their idea stick!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Item of the Week: Promotional Sports Schedules

Have your customers thinking about you all season!

Big Red gives clients complimentary Husker football schedules every season!
You can have business size schedules or larger size magnetic schedules made with your logo on it! It’s a great idea to make your customers think about you each time they pull out their schedule to look up the game time of their favorite team!

High School, College, or Professional sports, you can make a schedule for all of your favorite teams.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What to Cook, Bake, or in General to Make Wednesdays

This is a recipe we found on "All" We made it for one of our Big Red Printing birthday parties, and everyone loved it!

Caramel Brownies III

1 (14oz) pkg individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
2/3 c. evaporated milk - divided
1 (18.25 oz) chocolate cake mix
3/4 c. butter, melted
1 c. semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch pan. In a heavy saucepan, combine caramels and 1/3 cup evaporated milk. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the cake mix, melted butter and 1/3 cup evaporated milk, until dough holds together. Press half (or a little less) of the dough into the prepared pan, reserving the rest.
3. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips, pour the caramel mixture evenly over the chips. Crumble the remaining dough over the caramel layer and return to the oven.
4. Bake for an additional 15 to 18 minutes. Cool in refrigerator to set the caramel, before cutting the bars.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

All About Logos - Guidelines

To follow up on our post last week about photo guidelines, we thought we would post some guidelines on how to send us your logo as a 'print-ready' file.
  • Scaleable vector file (.ai, .pdf, .eps). The easy way to tell whether or not your file is a vector image is to try and 'blow it up' in any graphics program and print it out. A vector image will stay clean and crisp no matter how big or small you make it, but a raster image (usually .jpg) is just going to look like a bunch of blocks.
  • High resolution raster file (.jpg, .tif, .eps, .psd)
  • Not from the internet (usually .gif)
If you have any questions on how to make your logo 'print-ready,' give us a call and we would be happy to walk you through it or help you restore your logo!