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Brand Mix Tutorials

You’re already ahead of the game when it comes to launching your business with confidence, and we are SO pumped for you. Now it’s time to get your hands a little dirty in the kitchen personalizing your Brand Mixes!

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Simple steps to get started with any of our Mixes

Getting Started


 

Download
+ Install

Download the Files

  • Once you’ve closed your tab and downloaded your files on the checkout page or from the email titled “Your Digital Download”, unzip the zipped file to access your folder.

    Note: the download links will expire within 24 hours of your first access.

Install the Fonts

  • Open the Mix folder and find the folder named “– Brand Fonts”.

  • Open and install your fonts by double clicking each font file or importing through your computer’s font software.

Download Adobe Illustrator

  • If you don’t have Adobe Illustrator, no worries! They offer a free trial that you can download from their website.

  • If you’re new to Illustrator altogether, we got you. We’ll guide you through using the tool to edit your files in the videos below.

Intro to
Illustrator


things to know

  • There are a few basic things to know about Illustrator before diving in.
    Watch the quick intro video below to understand linking, artboards and organizing your objects.

 

Keyboard Shortcuts

You can save a lot of time in the long run by spending a little time learning them now!

  • Undo: ⌘ + Z

  • Copy: ⌘ + C
    (Or Option + click and drag object)

  • Paste: ⌘ + V

  • Constrain ratio: Hold Shift

  • Bring to Front: Shift + ⌘ + ]

  • Bring Forward: ⌘ + ]

  • Send Backward: ⌘ + [

  • Send to Back: Shift + ⌘ + [

  • Group objects: ⌘ + G

  • Ungroup: Shift + ⌘ + G

  • Selection Tool: V

  • Text Tool: T

File Set Up

  • If you haven’t already, create a folder devoted to your brand and move your new folders inside it.

  • Double click the file ending in “.ai” to open the Illustrator file; Go to File, Save As to save your file under a new name to create a new version of the file to edit without replacing the original template file. This way, you’ll always have the original template should you need to start from scratch! 

Brand Mix


 

Video
Walkthrough

Export Your Logo

Save the source file

  • Go to File, Save As

  • Give the file a new name to save a copy of the Illustrator file (and not save over the template file)

Export the logo files

  • Go to File, Export, Export for Screens

  • Select the artboards you want to export

  • Choose the folder you want the files to export to

  • Add/remove file formats; update scale if needed
    (jpeg to create a white background behind your logo; png for a transparent background)

  • Update the file naming under each artboard + in the “prefix” section

  • Click Export! 

Edit Your Print Collateral

install the fonts

  • If you haven’t already– open the Print Mix folder, find the folder named “– Brand Fonts”, and install your fonts by double clicking each font file.

Open the file + edit the Collateral Designs

  • To open in Illustrator: double click the logo file named “_print.ai” (Get a free trial of Illustrator here)

  • To edit: open the “layers” window and make sure the “designs” layer is selected; drag and drop your logo into the file and replace the example logo; double click each line of text to select and replace with business information

  • To resize elements as needed: select element(s), hold the Shift key and drag from the corner box

Tip: Use the Align tool to make sure your elements are lined up correctly after editing

Export Your Print Files

Save the source file

  • Go to File, Save As

  • Give the file a new name to save a copy of the Illustrator file (and not save over the template file)

Export the ready-for-print files

  • Go to File, Save As

  • Choose the folder; select Adobe PDF in the Format dropdown menu; click Save

  • In the Adobe PDF Preset dropdown menu– select High Quality Print;
    in the Marks and Bleeds tab– set the bleed based on your printer’s requirements

    • Most printers require a .125in bleed

    • We love printing with Moo.com and have already set up your files for their bleed requirements. Make sure the box beside Use Document Bleed Settings is checked and set to .08in if you plan to print with Moo.

  • Click Save PDF

send to print!

If you don’t have a good local printshop and/or would like to get your files printed online, we love and recommend Moo.com! Use our code to get 25% your first order.

Digital Mix


 

Video
Walkthrough

Edit Your Social Media Graphics

install the fonts

  • If you haven’t already– open the Print Mix folder, find the folder named “– Brand Fonts”, and install your fonts by double clicking each font file.

Open the file + edit the digital Designs

  • To open in Illustrator: double click the logo file named “_digital.ai” (Get a free trial of Illustrator here)

  • To edit text: double click each line of text to select and replace with your content

  • To edit images: drag and drop your images into the file and replace the filler images

  • To resize elements as needed: select element(s), hold the Shift key and drag from the corner box

Tip: Use the Align tool to make sure your elements are lined up correctly after editing

Export Your Social Media Graphics

Save the source file

  • Go to File, Save As

  • Give the file a new name to save a copy of the Illustrator file (and not save over the template file)

Export the files

  • Go to File, Export, Export for Screens

  • Select the artboards you want to export

  • Choose the folder you want the files to export to

  • Add/remove file formats; update scale if needed
    (jpeg to create a white background; png for a transparent background)

  • Update the file naming under each artboard + in the “prefix” section

  • Click Export! 

Tip: Save some time by planning out your social media posts and scheduling them to post automatically! We use and love Later and Planoly.

 

Still have questions?

We’re here to help. Email us at cheers@thebusinessbar.com