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#DIY Promotional Giveaway: Personalized Inkjet Napkins

By Fausto Mendez

    If you’re a fan of #DIY crafts for personalized gifts, promotional giveaways and event supplies, you should consider adding a personal touch to your next gift, giveaway or event with custom inkjet napkins.

    Custom inkjet napkins are an amazing idea, the kind of idea that makes me ponder, “why didn’t I think of that?” The process to make them is rather simple, so it doesn’t warrant a good-‘ol-fashioned step-by-step guide.

How to Make Personalized Inkjet Napkins

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    All you need is a computer, an inkjet printer and some napkins. Start by designing the art or text in your computer program of choice. I prefer Photoshop, but a simple text editor, such as Microsoft Word, would do the trick too. Next, load up the napkin into the printer. Unfortunately, most unfolded napkins are too thin for inkjet printers, but leaving at least one fold in the the napkin is enough to fix the problem. Finally, you’ll print your napkin as you would any other document, according to A Subtle Revelry.

Beauty in Simplicity

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    The beauty of this #DIY project is that, with short notice, you can easily customize a set of napkins for any small event, such as a personal dinner party with friends - even if the event is happening that same day! However, this may not be the best solution for larger events since the print quality and location may be inconsistent from napkin to napkin, and it would be a real pain to print more than 25 or 30 through an inkjet printer. Fortunately, AnyPromo.com has your back. High-quality personalized napkins are available for as low as $0.02 per unit.

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How to Photoshop Like a Pro: Hand-Drawn Graphics Tutorial

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By Fausto Mendez

There’s more than one way to produce hand-drawn-style graphics with a computer, and you may know one or two techniques yourself. But it’s not always as simple as it seems, as you probably know. Here’s a breakdown of a really useful and versatile technique, perfected by a humble artist turned turned web celeb.

    Lauren Nicole Hom - the passionate graphic designer behind the famous Tumblr Daily Dishonesty - is known for the utilization of a Photoshop technique that starts with a traditional on-paper sketch. Hom received several requests for tips on creating hand-drawn-style graphics, and she happily answered their requests with a helpful tutorial. We break down the basics below:

Step 1 - Draw It

+ Start with a pencil sketch on paper. Hom prefers grid paper.

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+ Fill in the sketch with a fine pen.

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Step 2 - Scan It into Photoshop

+ Scan the drawing into Photoshop. Use a 600 DPI resolution. Higher resolutions should work just as well.

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Step 3 - Lift It off the Paper

+ Adjust the levels to quickly erase any background patterns on the paper. This is pretty easy with line paper and grid paper. The effect should also darken the blacks to produce solid, dark letters against a solid, white background.

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 Make sure layering isn’t locked down. Next, select the whites with the Color Select tool. Delete the whites. This should produce isolated letters

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Step 4 - Finalize Digitization

+ Add a new solid-white layer behind the type layer. Pixel lock the type layer.

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    Since you now have solid letters on top of a solid-white background, you’re done importing your hand sketch into the digital realm. It’s now ready for some good-ol’-fashioned Photoshopping. If you want to learn how Hom refined her “Self Medicate with Chocolate” piece using color and additional enhancements, we suggest you check out the rest of the tutorial at Daily Dishonesty. Here’s the finished piece:

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