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Designed by Copycats: By The Masses, “Last of Kind.”
Recently, Copycats had the opportunity to design the look and feel of By the Masses’ latest release, “Last of Kind.” They came to us looking for all original artwork, and we jumped at the chance to create something entirely unique and customized. Our prepress technician and graphic designer, Geoff Makousky gave us a little insight on developing this project, and we even got to get the perspective of the band members themselves on working with us. At the start of this project, the band came to the table with a variety of loose concepts, but was looking to the artists […]
Artist Spotlight: Anna Nalick
Anna Nalick’s fourth studio release, “At Now”, is a collection of pop/alternative and folk/Americana tunes that paint an authentic portrait of the songwriter’s development to date. Visceral poetry and raw storytelling are supported by emotionally rich melodies and production. The artist’s voice has developed along with her writing to reveal the depth of seductive soulfulness and strength through vulnerability that has been budding since she debuted with her multi-platinum selling solo-written album, “Wreck of the Day”, featuring first hit single, “Breathe(2AM)”, when she was a teenage songstress over 10 years ago. While “At Now” is a departure from previous albums, […]
Completely Custom: 5 Year Anniversary of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist”
Today, October 9th, 2017 marks FIVE years since our friends Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released their debut full-length album “The Heist”. Time flies when you’re having fun, as they say! We thought that today would be an opportune time to look back on this “completely custom” package. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis really wanted to bring back the feeling of being excited about bands having a physical product. A tangible thing that you can hold in your hand. This was especially important with iTunes dominating the way people buy records. Copycats was honored to bring something unique into the world. Now, lets get into some of […]
Completely Custom: Macklemore “Gemini”
We had the pleasure of creating another deluxe package for our good friend and long-time customer Macklemore. This was created completely custom in order to achieve a totally unique package. FINAL SPECS – 6×9 custom zine printed on uncoated stock board with glued in sleeve on front panel, die cut pocket for back panel, plus a 28 page booklet of artwork printed on 80# uncoated paper stock – Disc printed full color with matte varnish – Die cut “Golden Ticket” printed on gold metallic board stock with 1 color printing, plus a peel and win label on the back with sequential numbering and variable copy underneath […]
WTF Are PMS Colors?
Welcome to our next installment of “WTF Is That?” We will be tackling the elusive, Sasquatch of color: the Pantone Matching System. Also referred to PMS Colors. So, what IS Pantone? Well, it’s actually just a standardized color system. Your regular office printer, or in our case–our large offset printers, use the standard CMYK printing (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key = Black) system. Pantone is just another way to specify colors. The difference of Pantone being that the color range is broader, and more exact than offset printing. Using Pantone you can even achieve metallics and fluorescent colors. Back in […]