About Eric Benge

Eric Benge is a Graphic Designer / Marketing Associate for TKO Graphix. He's passionate about all things design related and addicted to Pinterest. He's also an artist, specializing in mixed media art. He enjoys spy movies, playing video games, and preventing his rat terrier from chasing squirrels.
12 03, 2015

TKO Tech Talk: A Crash Course in Copyright

By |2015-10-07T12:37:48-04:00March 12th, 2015|TKO Tech Talk|

When you think of copyright, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the ominous blue screen with F.B.I. in big letters that play before any movie you watch. Well, it applies to more than just movies, and you might be breaking the law without even knowing it. What is covered under copyright? Almost anything [...]

26 01, 2015

TKO Tech Talk: Website Security

By |2015-10-07T12:36:41-04:00January 26th, 2015|TKO Tech Talk|

We recently were one of over 100,000 websites affected by malware (Malicious Software) that infiltrated our family of websites and added us to the 11,000 websites that were blacklisted by Google. We're in the clear, now, but it was a rough weekend. How did this happen? Our websites are designed using Wordpress, a very popular CMS [...]

12 11, 2014

TKO Tech Talk: Business Card Printing

By |2015-10-07T12:36:21-04:00November 12th, 2014|TKO Tech Talk|

Business cards are a great way to make a lasting impression. Sure, it's easy to just shoot off an e-mail or make a phone call, but physical cards are more effective, memorable, and professional. This Lifehacker article makes some great points on why business cards still matter. From the article– Meeting someone in person only [...]

16 10, 2014

TKO Tech Talk: Color Matching and Pantone®

By |2015-10-07T12:35:44-04:00October 16th, 2014|TKO Tech Talk|

Have you ever tried to describe a color to someone? Have you disagreed on a color? Is it mauve or maroon? Coral or salmon? Everyone perceives color differently. When do you stop calling it blue and start calling it purple? Color matching is the solution to these problems. We've talked about color modes in the past, [...]

15 09, 2014

TKO Tech Talk: Color Modes

By |2015-10-07T12:35:22-04:00September 15th, 2014|TKO Tech Talk|

When you think about color, you might remember Roy G. Biv from when you were in school. (Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet). This was a nifty acronym that represented Isaac Newton's discovery that color is intrinsic to light. While his reasons of choosing those seven specific colors remain a mystery, his legacy lives [...]

8 08, 2014

TKO Tech Talk: Web Hosting

By |2015-10-07T12:35:05-04:00August 8th, 2014|TKO Tech Talk|

If you own a business, there’s no excuse for not having a website. It's the first place prospective customers or clients will look for information about you. It's also a wise idea to start a professional blog. If you manufacture or create goods, you should have a portfolio of images online. Entrepreneur.com says it best. [...]

11 07, 2014

TKO Tech Talk: Bleed

By |2015-10-07T12:34:44-04:00July 11th, 2014|TKO Tech Talk|

Your beautiful new business cards arrived today. You love the design and the bright blue background. There's only one problem; they're all white on one edge. Whether you're ordering a banner, business card, or vehicle graphics–if you're supplying artwork that has a design that goes off the edge of the print, you should be thinking [...]

20 06, 2014

TKO Tech Talk: Embedding Links

By |2015-10-07T12:34:24-04:00June 20th, 2014|TKO Tech Talk|

Embedding links can be frustrating. Before I understood the process, it was a source of irritation for me. Did you know inserting an image into a program like Adobe Illustrator or Adobe InDesign, and hitting "Save" doesn't save the file? Wait—what? The program saves where the image is located on your computer not the link itself. The problem occurs [...]

9 06, 2014

TKO Tech Talk: Outlining your Text

By |2015-10-07T12:34:00-04:00June 9th, 2014|TKO Tech Talk|

If you've ever experienced a print provider unable to convert text to artwork because the font wasn't on file; you know it can be a frustrating process to remedy. The good news is—this can be avoided and here’s how. You may hear the term “outline your text” or “convert to curves” when working with a [...]

18 04, 2014

TKO Tech Talk: Vector Graphics

By |2015-10-07T12:33:37-04:00April 18th, 2014|TKO Tech Talk|

The question we frequently hear in regards to formatting is, “Why isn't my artwork good enough?” It’s seldom a case of being “good enough” it’s more often than not a formatting issue. How’s Your Math? Vector graphics uses geometric shapes such as points or lines as the mathematical expression of the design. The shapes are [...]