Thursday, April 12, 2012

Print Your Custom Business Cards Online - How To Upload And Align

I can design your custom business cards for you and send the PDF file to you so that you can upload them to your favorite printing site to have them printed any time you want and sent to you.  The screen shots I have taken are from, but you do the same thing when uploading to Office Depot or Staples.  I didn't check any other web site, but I imagine that it is either the same procedure, or close to it.

From the Vistaprint home page, choose Personal Business Cards.

Next you will choose to Upload A Complete Design.

Now you will browse for your file and upload it from your computer.  I didn't make screen shots of the browse process because the files on my computer aren't the same as your files.  Just find the folder where you saved your business card PDF and click "open" when you find it.

Now that you have uploaded your card, click on "Crop This Image".

Click "Scale To Fit" and then click OK.  Do not worry that it looks a little blurry.  The image on the screen is a lot larger than actual size, and it will not be blurry when it is printed at actual size.

Click next.

If your card is centered correctly and inside of the dotted lines, you may continue with your order.  Check the box for "Online Proof Approval" and then click next. Follow the instructions from Vistaprint for placing your order. 

If your card is sitting right up next to the lines, as my example is, then you may want to shrink it down just a little to be sure everything prints.  If it isn't quite centered, you will want to center it.  The next screen shots show you how to do that.

When you hover your mouse over your card, you will see an edit button in the top left corner.  Click on it and then click move/resize from the drop-down menu.

If you need to shrink it just a little, simply move your mouse to a corner until a small line with an arrow on each end appears.  Click on the little arrow and hold it while you move the mouse in toward the center of the card. If you move it in too far, just pull it back out until everything is inside the dotted lines.

Once you have shrunk it just slightly, then you will need to center it.  Hover your mouse over the card and you will see two small arrows with points on both ends that are crossed.  Click and hold while moving your mouse to move the card and center it.

When your card is sized and centered and looks just like you want it to look, check the box for "Online Proof Approval" and then click next.  Follow instructions that follow for placing your order.

If you are needing somebody to design your business cards for you, I will be happy to do it.  You may contact me at any of the following places:

I look forward to hearing from you.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Make Yourself the Featured Owner of Your Fan Page So Your Friends Can Easily Find It From Your Facebook Profile

If you have you ever tried to find a friend's fan page, then you have probably had to ask your Facebook friend for a link to their fan page.  Do you find yourself wishing that your friends could find your page without having to post a link to your fan page?  Wouldn't it be nice if we could just go to a friend's profile and find the link?  Read on to see how easily it can be done!!

To make it possible for your Facebook friends to find your fan page from your profile, wall, Timeline (whatever you want to call it), all you have to do is make yourself the Featured Owner of your page.  If you have more than one page, make yourself the Featured Owner of every one of your pages and all of the links will then be ready to be found from your profile. (wall, Timeline)

First, go to your fan page and open up your Admin Panel if you have it hidden.  You need to choose the Edit Page link from the Manage drop down menu.

It will open on the Manage Permissions page.  Find the Featured link on the left and click on it and then Edit Featured Page Owners.

Now you are going to choose yourself as a featured page owner and save it.

That's all there is to it.  You are now featured as the owner of your page and your fans can find your profile and your friends can find your fan page because they are linked now.  There is an About link under your banner on your fan page.  This is where your links are to your websites, storefronts, blogs, etc. that you have listed in the website blank on the Basic Information tab.  To have all of your links listed, simply put a space between every one of them and they will all be listed for your fans and friends on your About tab.

Now doesn't that look nice to have yourself listed as the page owner?

Now go back to your wall so you can see how you are featured as a page owner.  I have not switched my profile over to the new Timeline yet, so I made a screen shot of mine so you can see where it is featured on the old style.

I checked several friends who have the new Timeline to see if they are a featured page owner yet and most of them are not, but I did find a couple who have featured themselves as their page owners so I could tell you where to look if you have the new Timeline.  It is in the same place, under your banner, that it is on the new fan page format.  Just click the About tab.

I hope that you have enjoyed my instructional blog today and that you will share with your friends so that they can be featured owners of their fan pages too.

I must admit that I did not learn this on my own either.  I learned about featuring myself as my page owner from one of my Facebook friends, Linda Kelly Lee, in a post that she made in her group a while back.  I just took it one step farther and made screen shots to help those who need the visual help.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you featured page owners on Facebook.  Please leave your comments, as I do love to read them.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Fan Page Timeline Apps - How To Customize Your Tabs

The new Facebook fan pages have a nice banner across the top of the page now.  I really like them.  Besides that, our apps are now displayed under the banner, where they are much more noticable.  Not only that, but they can be rearranged and can also be renamed and the graphics can be replaced. 

There is only one app that cannot be edited or moved in any way, and that is the photos app.  I would like to be able to move it, but for some reason, Facebook thinks that it needs to remain in the first position.  There are a couple of other apps that can be moved, but you can't change the name and you can't change the graphic.  Those are the "likes" and the "notes".  There may be others, but I am not aware of them, as I don't have any other apps on my fan page which cannot be edited like that.

I will explain just how to customize your apps, complete with screen shots.  It is an easy process, and you should have fun getting your fan page set up just how you would like it to be seen by visitors and fans.

Your apps are now displayed under your banner.  You can have up to 12 apps, but only 11 are your choice because the photos app remains in the first spot and cannot be deleted.  There are only 4 that show, and a number next to them tells how many are hidden.  When you click on that number, the apps expand to show the rest of your apps if you have more than four installed.  Go ahead and click that to expand. (see the illustration)

My screen shots and instructions were made while using Internet Explorer 9.  There might be differences in the way you will do it and what you see if you are using another browser, but it should be close to the same.

After you click that number at the end of your apps that are showing, you can see the rest of your apps as well as how many spaces you have left if you would like to add any more apps.

Now you can edit any one that you like.  Hover your mouse over any, except the photos, and you will see a pencil appear for editing. 

Once you click the pencil, you will see your edit options.

You can only swap one position at a time, but keep on swapping until you have them in the order that you want.  Simply click on the app to swap positions with and it is done.

If you would like to rename your app and/or change the graphic on the tab, click on Edit Settings and another box pops up for you to make your changes.

To change the name, just fill in the box and save it.  If you want to change the graphic to a custom tab image, click on change and a new window will open.

Click on the change link in the new window that opens.

Use the box that pops up to choose an image from your computer to upload.  It will replace the image and you will see the image replaced, but there will be no save button in this window.  You will have to leave this window (or browser tab) open and return to the other window that you left open in order to click the okay button to save your new image.

After your new image has uploaded, click on the tab that has your fan page open and click the okay button to save your new image.  After you have saved it, you can close this window.

And that's it.  Your image size that you need is 111 pixels wide x 74 pixels high.  I hope that this has been helpful for you.  I welcome your comments.  Please be sure to come by my fan page and click the like button. 

If you need somebody to make the graphics for your new app tabs, let me know.  My prices are reasonable.  Have a nice day!!!  Thank you for stopping by.