Basic graphic design tips

If you are looking to get a good deal on graphic design, you may want to try doing it yourself. I don’t recommend doing your own design if you are dealing with an important marketing piece. But for basic flyers, menus, or postcards, you can save a good deal of money by doing the design work yourself.

There are two ways you can go about this. The first is to obtain software such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, and design the piece from scratch. Even if you take this approach, it’s best to download templates from the printing company you intend to use. For example, if you use Printplace, which is my favorite company, you can download blank templates that you can use to get started. To read more about this, just go to

The other option is to use design tools offered by the printing company. For simple items like postcards, Printplace has pre-designed postcards where all you need to do is customize by adding whatever title and text you want. This is honestly one of the easiest ways to design a professional looking piece, however, the postcard will not be 100% original since it utilizes a design that others will be using as well.

Make sure you select your printing company prior to starting the design process, so that you have the correct templates. If you don’t know which printing company to use, check out Printplace. And make sure you use these Printplace coupons if you use this printer. After all, there’s not need to pay full price unless you absolutely have to!