PRINTING YOUR FILES:
You can print your files at home or at a printing shop. These days home printers are amazing and they can often create a professional looking piece without the professional price. If you decide you want to try and print from home we recommend printing on 80 lb. (heavy) to 110 lb. (extra heavy) paper.
You will need a working desktop or laptop computer and the latest Adobe Reader® software to read and print your PDF files properly free to download at http://get.adobe.com/reader
All of our printables are made on a Mac and they work on both Window and Mac OS. You just have to make sure that you are opening your files in Adobe Reader® by following the steps below:
- Open Adobe Reader
- Go to file, open, then find the file saved in your computer and click open.
Fonts should look exactly as seen in the pictures.
We highly recommended you to print a test page first before placing your entire order at your office supply shop. Depending on your printer and monitor, colors may vary slightly from photos. Please take this into consideration when placing your order.
Laser printers may print a bit saturated so you want to make sure to check the colors on a test printout. This is a great time to communicate to your printing shop if the colors look correct, need to be adjusted (lighter or darker if at all) and test out the stock of text & cover weight papers that they have available for printing.
We strongly recommend asking them to provide you with matte photo papers. Often they will upgrade to these photo papers at no charge. Also consider looking through their large selection of paper stock that include many colors & textures (pearlescent, metallics, linen, canvas textures, etc). Make sure your local office supply shop uses Adobe Reader® software for opening & printing our PDF files. Other programs such as Adobe Pro®, will not work properly. If your printables are printing smaller, we bet that you are not printing at 100% scale. In Adobe Reader®’s print window, set “Page Scaling” to “None”.
EDITING YOUR FILES:
Our files are password protected and the data inside them can not be extracted or the file can not be opened in any imaging editing program. If your file is editable, you will be able to change the text and save/save as, but keep in mind that colors and fonts can’t be changed. To save your files onto a flash drive, edit the pages you need and save the file to your desktop, then, copy it onto your flash drive.
Editable files have text field boxes in them. You can open these files in Adobe Reader® and personalize the files yourself for an added personal touch. If you are seeing the + symbol inside your text field boxes, it means that there are extra “spaces” inside the text box. Simply place your cursor after the very last letter inside your text box and delete any extra spaces after them.
You can also use this simple setting change under your preferences in Adobe Reader® to make the + symbols invisible.
You can find detailed and illustrated instructions here.
Paper is a very important element in using our printables and although we highly recommend using photo papers, they are not completely necessary if you make proper printer settings before printing on your ink jet printer.
So what’s the difference between the two?
Photo papers will make your prints have a much more vivid color presentation and the quality of the actual printing is virtually as good as a professional print job. Do keep in mind that if you take your files to be printed on a laser printer at your local office supply shop, you can ask them to use photo paper compatible with their laser printers, and often at no additional charge. The finished printouts will look much more vivid. Below are details of different types of paper you can use with your printables and how to use them on ink jet printers. Do check your printer’s manual to confirm below papers are all forms of approved media for your printer.