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Hot tips & Ideas Update, Vol-10 Issue #018
September 28, 2010

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Hot Tips Of The Week 29 Sept 2010
Volume 10, Issue 018
1. Note from David

2. Feature Article:
Design Tips For Microsoft Users

3. Insight Of The Week

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Note From David

Hello ,

The sad reality of running a business is: Planning seems useless because nothing ever goes according to plan, and the more complex the overall business execution, the more likely it is that obstacles will appear.

But planning is essential! During the planning process, we need to systematically think through our entire business, we can then easily identify the obstacles, enabling us to put together a plan to overcome all the problems.

Apparently planning is much more than thinking about where you want to be and planning backwards from there, it's about understanding everything that's in your way and figuring out how to blast through or get around them. This is a thinking process to equip your mind with the tools necessary to handle all the challenges that prevent you from achieving success.

So though nothing ever goes as planned, we still need a clear plan for each day, what should be done by the end of the week, end of the month, end of the year...

I'm now working on the sort of big new marketing project that I normally tend to procrastinate on, but thanks to having an action plan, I'm getting very close to running my initial market test, I'll share more of this when it's officially launched...

We all need an action plan, do YOU have one?

Ok, back to printing. I know a lot of people are using Microsoft for designing, but it is not designed for commercial printing. As we've been getting a lot of files designed in Microsoft, we're sharing some handy design tips, to help those Microsoft Users get a better outcome.


Dedicated to your business success and profits.

David Ji

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Feature Article

Design Tips For Microsoft Users

If you are using a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) design program, the following tips and tricks might come in handy.

* Be sure to work in CMYK colour space, rather than RGB. If you start working in the same colours your printing professional is using, you'll save yourself the unwanted surprise of mismatched colours.

* Not planning to use a standard page size? You can go to File>Page Setup and create a custom publication size for your project. You can also change the page orientation if you need to.

* You can group elements in your layout to lock them together in their relative positions -- in case you need to duplicate or move the elements together and don't want to lose your formatting. Use CTRL+SHIFT+G to group highlighted elements together.

* Make sure spacing and alignment are uniform throughout your project, for maximum readability.

* Always print a hard copy -- things will look different on the printed page from how they look on the screen. A hard copy gives you an extra chance to check for spelling errors, grammar problems, and other things you may want to correct, before sharing a file with your printing professional.

You can make things a little easier on yourself if you are familiar with common keyboard shortcuts. They can save you time and wrist motion on your most frequently used actions.

* CTRL+B for bold text.

* CTRL+U for underlined text.

* CTRL+I for italic text.

* CTRL+SHIFT+K for small capital letters.

* CTRL+SPACEBAR removes all formatting from highlighted text.

* CTRL+SHIFT+F access the font menu.

* CTRL+SHIFT+> increases font size by half a point.

* CTRL+SHIFT+< decreases font size by half a point.

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Insight Of The Week
"The minute you settle for less than you deserve,
you get even less than you settled for."

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