That’s an old poster

In helping you create awesome posters for your shows and events we got to thinking. Who was first? I guess that is like trying to ask who painted the first painting or who threw the first concert but in our limited scope of understanding let’s try to take a stab.  To understand the Poster we need to understand where the Poster is from. According to the internets the birth of the modern poster occurs in “1870 when the printing industry perfected colour lithography and made mass production possible.” Makes sense. This time period gave us some terrific gems like these and the cave painting (which is probably technically the first poster ever) is from the Cave of Altamira, near SantanderSpain.

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Some say print is dead but somehow the Poster lives on. There are some huge design innovations that went into these early posters both from a composition and production perspective.  DesignHistory.com describes it well…”The Poster influenced the development of typography because they were meant to be read from a distance and required larger type to be produced, usually from wood rather than metal. The poster quickly spread around the world and became a staple of the graphic design trade. Many artists as well, such as Henry Toulouse-Latrec and Henry van de Velde, created posters. Even with the popularity of the internet posters are still being created every single day for all sorts of reasons.”

As we dug in a bit more we found some other great examples of old posters. Here are some of our favorites.What will you create?

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That’s an Expensive Poster

Poster Info Graphic

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In depth tutorial for making a band flyer with Photoshop

Photoshop tutorial for illustrated band flyerThis one takes a while to get through but this author does a great job with all the steps he took to make a pretty cool illustrated style band flyer in Photoshop.

Click here for the Photoshop Tutorial

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Mobile Web isn’t coming it’s already here and growing fast

Mobile Web Rocketing Stats

Mobile web stats are rising and fast .. read more about that here Site Magpie Mobile Web Stats Post. So what does that have to with events and flyers? Well it means more people are going to find your events on their smart phones. It means more people will see events through social media like: Facebook, Twitter and Event sites that are already widely used on mobile phones. Facebook for example is seeing massive uptake it’s users accessing the site through their mobile devices. (more…)

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5 New Free Flyer Backgrounds

We’ve started working with another up and coming graphic designer – Lorianne B. She’s created 5 new flyer backgrounds for you to use on your projects.

As always these are for personal use on your flyers and posters and not for redistribution.

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Free flyer background for November

Free gig flyer background for November Here is another great gig flyer background for you to use on your projects. This background is also available on the site builder. As always feel free to use for personal projects and websites but please do not re-distribute or re-sell the artwork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Three great Photoshop video tutorials for building flyers

I find these are fantastic to watch while on the treadmill or when you just need some new ideas/inspiration to create flyers. British accents also tie it all together. Enjoy!

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New Free Flyer Background for October

color strings acoustic singer song writer flyer backgroundWe’ve got a new great background for your flyers today. Thanks to Heather Beck at By Design who created our latest new flyer background. This is a great background for a singer songwriter or anyone doing acoustic shows. If you need any help customizing it or using on your flyer leave us a reply here and we’ll see what we can do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Free Event Flyer and Website Backgrounds

For you D.I.Y people out there we are putting our flyer backgrounds out for download. Even if you use our backgrounds with Photoshop you should still use Flyer Lizard to share the flyer. Just take your custom flyer, click create and upload it as the background. From there you can still share the custom flyer on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc. and use Soundcloud to make a great flyer display page. (more…)

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Use Soundcloud with FlyerLizard for better event promotion!

Did you know that you can embed a Soundcloud player in your flyer display page? If not here is the how and why!

How?

First head over to Soundcloud and login. By the way if you are with Cd Baby you can get your audio sync’d up to Soundcloud! Pretty sweet if you ask me. Once you are logged in you can select the “share” button on an audio track and then copy and paste the “widget code.”

Soundcloud share widget (more…)

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