Are You in a Band?.

I am. It’s a cover band called Feel Good Inc. We rock. Anyway, I’ve been doing the music thing for a long time. Some bands fail. Some bands succeed. Do you want to succeed? Do this:

Set aside money from gigs to invest into printing to help promote future gigs. We can help you with your printing.

Here is what you should be printing (we do all these things):

- Cheap black and white 4.25  x 5.5 handbills, preferably on cheap colored paper. – – These are good for blanketing an area with… you get the point across with your crappy black and white design without breaking the bank.

- Super high quality glossy 4 x 6 postcards, preferably double-sided. – – These are what you use if you have some type of huge event that you really care about. These are going to impress the crap out of people. People will probably keep these after you hand them to them, instead of throwing them on the ground immediately after you’re out of sight. If you’re lucky, they’ll take them to their car and leave them for their friends to see every time they ride in it.

- Super big black and white posters. – – We’re talking like… 3 foot x 3 foot posters. Put them on a wall. Everyone will see. Limited to black print on regular white paper, these huge posters are nice because they don’t cost a lot. If you can think of a place to put them, they can be very beneficial to getting your name out, or the word out for your upcoming gig.

- 12 x 18 color posters. – – We do a ton of these for different promoters around the Saint Louis area. These are the standard. If you have a show coming up, and you don’t print out a handful of these to put up at your school, around your neighborhood, by the club, in the loop, or wherever, then you’re not doing a good job promoting your show. Give up now.

Another thing we do here is pimp out bass drum heads. Tell your drummer. It’s always cool to have your logo or name written on your bass drum. We can assist you with that.

Photo Manipulation.

Ever had a photograph that you absolutely loved, except there was always something in the picture that bugged the heck out of you that you wish you could take out??! Well… bring it here to The Done Dept.  I can take it out for you. My grandmother doesn’t call me the Photo Manipulation Master for nothing. (She doesn’t really call me that.) (She does constantly remind me that she thinks I’m super talented though. Which is hard to take for serious, because sometimes it’s after I’ve showed her some crazy video that I made, and sometimes it’s after I’ve replaced the batteries in her kitchen clock.)

Below is a before and after of a picture that I fixed for a customer. They loved the picture, but it bothered them that the vinyl curtain in the background was slightly open and therefore, unsightly.

BEFORE

AFTER

And then they wanted me to make some color edits for their framing purposes, so I did that too.

AFTER W EDITS

What in the World is Going On?.

Well… to start, Art in the Park was fantastic!  It wasn’t until the event was almost over that I was able to get a photo of our tent without at least 5 people standing in front of it! That’s my cutie wife helping out! Thanks, hunny!

And I couldn’t believe how many people played our ball toss game. People got so excited over it! What a great time! I can’t even imagine how boring the day would’ve been without it. It was so successful, I’m trying to figure out what we can do next  year to top it. : /

And what the heck! The Cards are kicking butt in the playoffs! I designed this fall Cardinals logo to put on shirts for my close friends and family. GO CARDS GO!!!

TheDoneDept. @ Art in the Park.

September has officially been dubbed, “Art in the Park Month” at TheDoneDept.  For the first time, TheDoneDept. is going to have it’s own booth at Art in the Park! Represent! So now, besides having to print all of the materials for Art in the Park (TheDoneDept. is the official printer for Art in the Park), now we have to get our ish together for our own booth! Exciting! See you there?

All Kinds of Scans – Canvas and Frames.

Something that we do a LOT of, is scan large images. We’re talking like… posters, maps, large family photos, photo collages. Sometimes people bring in painted canvases, and they’re like, “Um… can you do this?” And I’m like, “Yeah. I can.” and then they’re all like, “Dang. Nobody else can do this.” And I’m like, “Well.. I’m sure some people can, but yeah.. most people can’t. What’s your number and I’ll call you when it’s done.” Then we high-five, and that usually ends the conversation. We even have pretty good luck scanning images from behind glass (while they are still in the frame). If you REALLY want a copy of something, but you are super afraid to take it out of the frame, bring it on in, and I’ll try to reproduce it for you… for free. It’s worth a try, right?

The image below is called ‘1950 Plymouth’ and is an acrylic on canvas, by Meghan Jesberg. I was amazed at how photo-like it looked when she brought it in. Check out her website (meghanjesberg.com). Her work is amazing!

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