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Jim_131308
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Received my free sample card...
Mar 15th, 2007, 5:07am
 
I received the sample card offered to the artists.  
 
It was top quality in reproduction. The image printed slightly closer to the edge than the template but shows the importance of leaving enough gutter all around the image.
 
Now that I have seen that the reproduction quality of the images on an actual production piece, I can begin to upload additional designs.
 
My only suggestion is to put on the back panel the web address of where the card was purchased.   (www.greetingcarduniverse.com/idnamehere)   while this site os to build up one of this company's brands (the calendar site) it can also be used to build artists brands which will benefit the artist and this site as an addition to their first stated goal.
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Reply #1 - Mar 16th, 2007, 5:13am
 
One Photoshop tip to avoid getting designs cut off is to do a "stroke" around the outside of the card (I generally do a stroke of about 55) in a complimentary or contrasting color to the design. This will bleed off the edge. Of course, some designs - like photographs, for example - may not necessarily look good stroked, so this won't work for everything.  Smiley
 
Perhaps GCU might consider providing templates for card design, both landscape and portrait, with clearly defined guidelines for those who have trouble with calculating the amount of gutter required before cut off. That would no doubt save some image problems.
 
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Reply #2 - Mar 16th, 2007, 12:55pm
 
Hi!
 
Jim:  
We are happy to know that you are pleased with our reproduction quality  Smiley
 
Corrie:
A template is in the works.   This will likely include a trim line so people know what areas might be cropped.   We do recommend keeping all fine detail 1/4 inch from the edge of your images.  
 
For the moment, please take a look at our Photo and Image Guidelines for additional information:
http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/help/photo_help.asp
 
Are there any other guidelines that you would like to see in a template?  
 
Thanks,
Shaun
 
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Reply #3 - Mar 16th, 2007, 1:20pm
 
For best results in a template, there should probably be two guidelines - a cut off or "danger" line to show where the card is most likely to be trimmed off, and a "safety" line. Any part of the design inside the "safety" line is safe and will never be affected. We use CafePress templates when designing for our shop; we can send you a sample if you like.
 
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Reply #4 - Mar 26th, 2007, 12:05pm
 
I didn't know we got a free sample card. I should read the fine print. LOL. I just added a card for one of my pieces of art I have done to see the quality. If the quality was high enough, I planned on actually creating some art especially for cards. I was blown away by how good the print actually was. I plan to submit many cards over the next few months, just because the quality is so good. Cheesy
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Reply #5 - Mar 27th, 2007, 6:53am
 
Ok Shaun and Mindy... I received 2 of my free card samples and OH YEAH!!! they look GREAT!!!  Grin  
I just wanted to let you know you guys are awsome!  Wink Hey and if possible I would like to also be one that tries out the Photoshop Template for test. That is if you all are still looking for people. Thanks Again!
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Reply #6 - Mar 28th, 2007, 1:40pm
 
Thank you for the positive and kinds words!  Love to hear it to know that we're headed in the right direction.
 
I'll have Shaun send you the template.
 
Thanks!
Mindy
 
PS: feel free to post any "rave reviews"  Cheesy  in our "May we Quote you?" thread under Feedback & Suggestions topic so we can use them on the site and in other marketing materials.
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Reply #7 - Mar 29th, 2007, 7:38am
 
May I also get a template?
Thanks!
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Reply #8 - Mar 29th, 2007, 12:26pm
 
Terry,  
I've emailed it to you the greeting card template, please let me know if you did not receive it.  
 
Nia,  
Your template was emailed on March 27th, please let me know if you did not receive it.  
 
Thanks!
Shaun
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Reply #9 - Mar 29th, 2007, 1:37pm
 
I'm looking forward to the new template. It will be great double check some of my images to make sure they are going to work okay for the cards.
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Reply #10 - Apr 20th, 2007, 4:00pm
 
Hi Everyone,
 
We've created a new card template based on all the feedback we received.  Thank you to everyone who tested our first template and provided suggestions   Cheesy
 
You can download the new template here:
http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/images/gcu/GCU_card_templates.zip  
 
The template is also available in the Images and Cards section of your Admin area, and on the Create a Card page.  
 
If you have any questions, please let me know!
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Reply #11 - Apr 20th, 2007, 5:06pm
 
I also got my free sample card (well, my husband did as I had it sent to him).  I chose one of our photographs that has a lot of subtle colors and textures (light reflecting on water) and it is very true to the actual photo.  We were both impressed.
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Reply #12 - Apr 23rd, 2007, 2:13pm
 
Glad you were pleased w/ the colors and quality  Smiley
 
An item on our wish list is to give you the ability to choose "Finish" on a card by card basis - glossy or matte.
 
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Reply #13 - Apr 24th, 2007, 9:06am
 
Mindy-
 
I think that would be great to have an option of glossy or matte fininish on the cards.  It certainly gets my vote.
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Reply #14 - May 3rd, 2007, 4:54pm
 
I couldn't find anything about a free sample card. I'm sure it's really obvious... so, how do I get a free card so I can congratulate you on the quality too???
 
Thanks,
Lynne kiss
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