Friday, June 4, 2010

stupid online printers!

so i'm doing this brochure for friends of mine and i'm just about done with it. it's a trifold brochure, which i both love and hate doing. but right now, i'm mostly hating it. they've selected an online printer, so naturally i head over to their site to download some specs for where the folds go, how big the bleed is, blah blah blah. i hate it when these sites are all cryptic about their specs. seriously. it's an 8.5 x 11 sheet, folded into thirds. tell me the x-coordinates for the folds. that's all i need.

instead, i end up with a layered illustrator file (don't even get me started on how much i despise layers. yes,  they may make designing easier for some of you but i hate, hate, hate them) with some dotted lines and arrows and stupid bs that nobody needs. so, i have spent the last two hours measuring, remeasuring, uploading and previewing, interspersed with lots and lots of swearing. they have an online preview that lets you look at how your piece will look finished and folded. and every single time, the folds look a little off. so... is this just a function of the crappy online preview, or are their original specs off? which do i rely on? also, there's no way i can afford to have an unhappy client. i can't afford to eat the cost of this print job if they aren't happy with it. so it has to be right. and, of course, the above-mentioned online printer does NOT include a phone number to contact them- only email. so i've sent them an email, and am now waiting for them to get back to me and tell me that they're dumb.

some days, i'm really, really excited at the prospect of making freelance design my career. other days (like today, duh), i want to say 'screw it' and go get a job at the mall.


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